Dancing triumph for Wiltshire paramedic

A fast-footed paramedic from the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) has been crowned World Irish Dance Champion. Leon Westcott, who works out of the Trust’s Malmesbury station, triumphed at the World Irish Dance Championships in Killarney, County Kerry.  He says that the rapid toe-tapping moves of Irish dancing keeps him in top physical form,… Read more »

15 years of the PawPrints awards

The RSPCA’s PawPrints awards recognises local authorities and public bodies for going above and beyond to deliver world-class animal welfare services. Over the past 15 years, the RSPCA has handed out over 1500 awards that recognise the work of local authorities, housing providers and the emergency services that is often done behind the scenes. The RSPCA… Read more »

Cumbria police using data to target hot spots

Data and enhanced analytics are being utilised by Cumbria Constabulary’s Safety Camera teams to help make Cumbria’s roads safer for all. The Constabulary is focusing its use of Road Safety vans on specific hotspot areas, as identified via collision data compiled over several years. The use of data and analytics comes as the Constabulary and… Read more »

Grenfell Tower Inquiry costs reach £170m

A new report from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry reveals that since the Inquiry started its work in the aftermath of the tragic fire in 2017, the total cost has risen to £170m. The Inquiry concluded its public hearing phase in July 2022 but still incurred costs of £32m in the year to March 2023. Just… Read more »

£300k boost for falls work

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has secured more than £300,000 in additional funding for its partnership work assisting uninjured people who have fallen in their own homes. The falls response team was launched in December 2022, with the NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board (ICB) and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), aimed at reducing… Read more »

First carbon zero fire station for London

Walthamstow Fire Station in North East London is no longer powered by gas and is now using an electric air source heat pump with power provided by solar panels capable of producing 50kw of electricity every day. This power is enough to meet the station’s needs and export power to the national grid; for every… Read more »

Force recognised for its work with young people in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Police has won an award for its part in helping support children during the school holidays. Nottinghamshire Police worked closely with Nottingham City Council who part funded the work through its Holiday Activity Fund (HAF). Trent Bridge Community Trust and other partners helped to organise the events. The HAF programme began in 2018 when… Read more »

New board to oversee reform of the Met Police

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is setting up the London Policing Board to provide oversight and scrutiny of reform following on from Dame Louise Casey’s damning report into the culture of the Met Police. The new Board is part of a package of measures by the Mayor to accelerate the root and branch reforms of the… Read more »

Report shows good progress for the Police Covenant

The Police Covenant Oversight Board has published its first annual report. Out of its initial 11 objectives, three have been completed and the report provides a further three priorities for the coming year. There is a legal requirement for the Government to report annually to Parliament on issues relating to police welfare, wellbeing and support…. Read more »