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Met to lead nationwide probe into Post Office Horizon Scandal, Commissioner tells LBC
The Metropolitan Police will lead a national criminal investigation into the Post Office Horizon scandal, Sir Mark Rowley has told LBC.
The Commissioner of the Met told LBC’s Nick Ferrari at Breakfast that the force was working with police forces across the country “to pull together what will be a national investigation”. More via LBC
The Bishop of London appointed as Ambassador for Air Ambulances UK
Air Ambulances UK has announced the appointment of Sarah Mullally DBE, the current Bishop of London, as Ambassador. In this role, Sarah will lend her support and influential voice to raise awareness of the positive impact of air ambulance charities have across the United Kingdom. More via Emergency Services Times
A&E wait times at Scotland’s biggest hospital ‘worst on record’
Scotland’s largest hospital has recorded its worst ever emergency department waiting times.
The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital reported that just 31.1% of patients were seen within the four hour target set by the Scottish Government in the first week of the year. More via STV News
what3words signage markers placed along Vale of Glamorgan coastline
what3words markers have been placed along the Vale Coastal Path to enable emergency services to find lost walkers, casualties, missing people, or those in distress quicker.
what3words is a three-word address system used in 170 countries globally and by UK emergency services, including South Wales Police. More via South Wales Police
Ulster-Kingspan deal’s end is ‘calculated move’ say Grenfell families
A Grenfell fire relatives group has branded the end of Ulster Rugby’s association with the insulation company Kingspan as a “calculated move”.
Ulster’s home ground in Belfast has been called the Kingspan Stadium for the past decade, but that will end in June 2025.
Grenfell United claimed the move was not a “moral” one but a “calculated, strategic move, centred around money”. More via BBC News
Data shows the Metropolitan Police is utterly demoralised
It has always been a big ask to convince enough fit, brave and smart individuals to sign up to be a Police Constable in the capital.
Now, the Metropolitan Police’s own data now shows that the numbers willing to sign up for a policing career have reached crisis levels. Three years ago a quarter to a third of Londoners were willing to consider a policing career – now the figure has cratered to around 10 per cent. More via The Telegraph
Westminster government must unlock funding for Northern Ireland public sector pay rise now – UNISON
The government must release funding so health, education and other public sector workers in Northern Ireland can have their pay disputes resolved, says UNISON today.
The call comes as thousands of health, care, school and other public sector workers, belonging to UNISON and 14 other unions, are to take strike action today, following the Westminster government’s ongoing failure to provide the funding needed to resolve pay disputes, says the union. More via UNISON
EE completes first stage of shared rural network in the UK
EE has expanded its 4G network to over 1,600 additional rural communities across the UK.
The SRN is a partnership between the U.K.’s four mobile network operators and the U.K. government to extend 4G mobile connectivity to rural areas across the country. More via RCR Wireless
Petition to stop emergency services being verbally assaulted in a private dwelling without due recourse
An officer at Leicestershire Police Crime Bureau has started a petition in a bid to close a loophole where emergency services can get verbally assaulted in a private dwelling without due recourse.
PC Jason Swan has petitioned the Government to create an offence ‘to exhibit behaviour that is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to emergency workers, inside a dwelling’. More via Leicestershire Police Federation