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Tyne & Wear Metro to Crack Down On Anti-Social Behaviour With Launch of Operation Hermes



Author: Jonny Maddison

Plain-clothed officers are to work with partners as the initiative has been launched to tackle troublemakers using the services in an attempt to reassure commuters. Northumbria Police, Nexus and local councils have joined together in an attempt to tackle the volume of anti-social behaviour taking place on the Tyne and Wear Metro network.

The initiative has been launched as concerns from users of the service have grown wary of the disruptive anti-social behaviour taking place, including young people meeting in groups and hanging around stations. Northumbria Police has stated that they will use a wide range of tactics across a number of locations, at times when there has been an increase in incidents being reported, and will include increased engagement to steer youths away from using the stations as social hubs.

Martin Kearney, of Nexus, said some Metro workers had reported being verbally abused in recent weeks. He said: “Unfortunately we do have some anti-social behaviour taking place. “We do have vandalism and we have had assaults including spitting, verbal assault and physical abuse; that’s just not acceptable and it has to change.” Northumbria Promise to knuckle down on crime has resulted in them also carrying out ‘targeted search operations’ at the selected stations.

Chief Inspector Ron Charlton, who is leading the operation, said: “In the past month, officers have noticed an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour on the Metro services and at stations. “A considerable proportion of these reports are linked to groups of young people congregating in and around stations or travelling on the system and acting in an unacceptable way. “Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and we will take action against anyone who is intent on causing disruption.”

The operation began on the 27th August. Operation Hermes, named after the Greek God of travel – it is a two-day initiative which will see officers team up with colleagues from Metro operators Nexus, local councils, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and British Transport Police to target troublemakers and help ensure the safety of other commuters. Already in place is a dedicated team from Northumbria Police which works with nexus on the handling of the behaviour on the metro, this operation is to build on top of that.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “We’re in a situation where anti-social behaviour is on the up, so we are quickly ensuring the policing response is on the up too – which I hope will reassure those who use the service and understandably have concerns.” “Alongside our officers, youth workers will be there to talk with those seen to be causing trouble and encourage them to consider other local opportunities and better ways to spend their time.”

Northumbria Police also note that anybody with any concerns should speak to the Police directly.

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Deborah James Awarded Damehood After Raising Over £3,000,000 for Charity



Deborah James has said she is ‘blown away’ after being made a Dame for her tireless campaigning for cancer charities.

The inspirational broadcaster and author announced earlier this week that she is receiving hospice care at home after stopping her cancer treatment, and has said she ‘could have weeks to live at most’.

In recent days, the You, Me & The Big C host has raised over £3million for charities that have helped her over the past five years, through her Bowelbabe Fund.

After calls for her to receive the Royal honour, it has been revealed that Deborah is now officially Dame Deborah James.

‘I don’t know what to say. I’m blown away and feel incredibly honoured,’ she said reacting to the news.

She added ‘I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means to my family, it’s so much to take in.’

Her husband Sebastien Bowen, said the public support of the fundraiser has ‘brought a piercing ray of light and hope into this, the darkest of times’, adding that the Damehood is ‘so truly deserved’.

Downing Street said the Queen was ‘pleased to approve the honour of damehood’ be bestowed upon Deborah James.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Dame Deborah as an figure of inspiration to the country.

‘If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it,’ the leader said.

‘Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.’

Thank you for all your incredible work.

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EuroMillions: UK ticket holder claims £184m jackpot



One lucky ticket-holder’s life has changed forever after winning the £184million EuroMillions jackpot. It means they have become the biggest ever National Lottery winner, operator Camelot has said.

Whoever they are, they have knocked the anonymous winner of £170million in October 2019 off the top spot. They have also become the National Lottery’s 14th winner of more than £100million.

The winner, who is yet to be named, is also the second person in the UK to win the EuroMillions jackpot this year, after someone bagged £109million in February.

The winning numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.

Senior winners’ adviser for the National Lottery, Andy Carter said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot – they have become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner.”

The claim will now go through a validation process to ensure terms and conditions are met and once the ticket has been validated the winner can choose whether or not to remain anonymous.

What would you do with all that money?

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Baby P’s Killer Mum Tracey Connelly Set for Prison Release after Judge Gives Green Light



Tracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, will be released from prison after the Parole Board rejected a Government challenge against its ruling.

The decision comes after Justice Secretary Dominic Raab appealed against the recommendation to free Tracey Connelly from prison.

Connelly was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2009 for causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter at their home in Tottenham, north London, on August 3 2007.

Dominic Raab said the decision demonstrated why the system “needs a fundamental overhaul – including a ministerial check for the most serious offenders”.

Now 40, this was Connelly’s fourth parole review after she was released on licence in 2013 but recalled to prison in 2015 for breaching her parole conditions by “developing intimate personal relationships” online and inciting another resident at her accommodation to engage in “inappropriate sexualised behaviour”.

In a statement, the Parole Board said: “In summary, the judge has concluded that the panel did take into consideration all evidence mentioned by the application and made rational conclusions.

“The reconsideration decision clarifies that the weight given to the evidence given by the Secretary of States witnesses, who supported release, and the proposed external controls, was proportionate and the reasons were clearly outlined in the decision letter.

“The final ground on the rationality of the outcome was also rejected on the grounds of not reaching the threshold, as defined by law, for becoming unreasonable.”

The Parole Board, which is independent of government, received a formal request to review the decision to free Connelly last week.

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