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STAFFORDSHIRE Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis expressed his horror at the attack in Manchester Arena and said his thoughts are with all those affected.

He emphasised the need for communities to stand together and for everyday life to carry on as normal, while highlighting the need for everyone to be vigilant.

Speaking to Tamworth Informed, Matthew Ellis has said:

“We cannot allow the cowardly actions of extremists to change the way we live our lives. I’m reassured by the briefing I’ve received today following the events in Manchester.

“Communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent must remain vigilant and it is vital that all of us, no matter how hard it might be, support our police and security services with information.”

Greater Manchester Police have said that 22 people have died and at least 59 people have been injured.

Prime Minister, Teresa May has this morning chaired a COBRA committee meeting and the threat level in the U.K. remains as SEVERE. This means a threat is highly likely.

People concerned about loved ones can call the casualty bureau on 0161 856 9400 / 0161 856 9900.

If you were in the area last night and have any images or footage from last night that you believe can assist police m then upload them to Ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or Ukpoliceimageappeal.com

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THE death toll following an explosion in Manchester has risen to 22, and at least 59 people have been injured.

A number of people have been killed following a suspected terrorist incident in Manchester at around 1030pm last night, Monday 22 May.

The attack happened on the fourth anniversary of the murder of British solider Lee Rigby in Woolwich, southeast London.

Latest news suggests that children are amongst those dead and injured.

Witnesses to the incident have said that they heard a loud bang, after a pop concert by singer Ariana Grande and an explosion is said to have occurred in a ‘public area’ outside the arena.

Greater Manchester Police have said that 22 people have died and at least 59 people have been injured.

Prime Minister Teresa May will be chairing a meeting of the Governments COBRA committee this morning.

People concerned about loved ones can call the casualty bureau on 0161 856 9400 / 0161 856 9900.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “This has been the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester and one that we all hoped we would never see.

“Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives. Our thoughts are with those 22 victims that we now know have died, the 59 people who have been injured and their loved ones. We continue to do all we can to support them. They are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester.

“This is a fast-moving investigation and we have significant resources deployed to both the investigation and the visible patrols that people will see across Greater Manchester as they wake up to news of the events last night. This will include armed officers as people would expect. More than 400 officers have been involved in this operation during the night.

“To remind you, we were called at 10.33pm to reports of an explosion at the Manchester Arena at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert. More than 240 calls came in and emergency services were very quickly on scene. Emergency numbers have been established for anyone who is concerned for loved ones who may not have returned home 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.

“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man. The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.

“The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity.

“We would ask people not to speculate on his details or to share names. There is a complex and wide ranging investigation underway.

“Our priority is to work with the National Counter Terrorist Policing Network and UK intelligence services to establish more details about the individual who carried out this attack.

“We have received tremendous support from across the police services and partner agencies throughout the night.

“We regularly carry out exercises to test our ability to respond to such incidents and this has ensured a very swift response from local and national agencies. I want to thank all those members of the emergency services and other agencies who have worked tirelessly through the night in very difficult circumstances. Their response has been outstanding.

“There remains a large cordon in place around Manchester Arena and Victoria Train Station which will be in place for some time. The station will remain closed while a detailed forensic search is underway. People should plan their route to work and follow Transport for Greater Manchester for updates on social media.

“Terrorists attempt to disrupt our lives and create distrust and fear in communities. We have a long history in Greater Manchester of communities standing together during difficult times. In the coming days we will be working closely with community leaders to address any issues.

“It is important that we all continue to remain vigilant, but also to go about our daily lives. We would ask people to be alert and report any suspicious activity to police on the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789321 or dialling 999.

“As people are waking up to this tragic news on what is a sad day for Greater Manchester, the officers and staff from Greater Manchester Police and the other emergency services will continue to do all they can to help get us through the difficult days ahead.”

If you were in the area last night and have any images or footage from last night that you believe can assist police m then upload them to Ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk or Ukpoliceimageappeal.com

Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains cancelled. The station is to remain closed all of today, Tuesday 23 May.

Police have now confirmed the item involved in a controlled explosion in Cathedral Gardens at around 130am, was not suspicious and was in fact abandoned clothing.

Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and is a popular concert and sporting venue.

Here’s what we know:

  • Greater Manchester Police have said that 22 people have died and at least 59 people have been injured.
  • Police believe the attacker was carrying an Improvised Explosive Device and acted alone.
  • Train services have been cancelled and roads have been blocked
  • A controlled explosion that was carried out turned out to not be suspicious.
  • The attack was carried out by one male suicide bomber who detonated an improvised explosive device.
  • It is the worst terrorist attack in the UK since 56 people were killed in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.
  • The attack happened on the fourth anniversary of the murder of British solider Lee Rigby in Woolwich, southeast London
  • People concerned about loved ones can call 0161 856 9400 / 0161 856 9900.

The thoughts of Tamworth Informed are with all those involved in the incident, including the emergency services attending the incident and their families.

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A NUMBER of people have died and others have been injured following a reported explosion at Manchester Arena.

Witnesses to the incident have said that they heard a loud bang, after a pop concert by singer Ariana Grande and an explosion is said to have occurred in a ‘public area’ outside the arena.

Greater Manchester Police have said that initial numbers show that 19 people have died and more than 50 people have been injured.

The cause of the reported explosion is unknown but the police are saying that the incident is ‘being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise’.

U.S. Officials are saying via American News Agencies that the incident was carried out by a suicide bomber.

It is reported  that counter-terrorism officers are assembling in London and are liaising with the Home Office. It is highly likely that a COBRA meeting will be called.

Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains cancelled. The station is to remain closed all of today, Tuesday 23 May.

Police have now confirmed the item involved in a controlled explosion in Cathedral Gardens at around 130am, was not suspicious and was in fact abandoned clothing.

Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and is a popular concert and sporting venue.

Here’s what we know:

  • Greater Manchester Police have said that 19 people have died and around 50 people have been injured.
  • Incident is ‘being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise’.
  • The arena was hosting an Ariana Grande concert and the “loud bangs” were heard just after the concert ended
  • The cause of the bang has not yet been confirmed
  • Train services have been cancelled and roads have been blocked
  • Bomb Disposal Units are at the scene

The thoughts of Tamworth Informed are with all those involved in the incident, including the emergency services attending the incident and their families.

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UK POLICE MEMORIAL

TODAY saw the national launch of the fund raising campaign for the new UK Police Memorial to recognise the courage and sacrifice of the thousands of members of the UK police service who gave their lives to serve and protect our communities.

Staffordshire Police say that they are very proud to be police force responsible ensuring the safety of the National Memorial Arboretum where the memorial will be built.

The fund has now had Royal support with the following statement from His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge:

“The United Kingdom is recognised around the world as the home of modern policing but, as recent events have reminded us, that rich heritage is interwoven with a history of sacrifice. More than 1,400 police officers and staff have died in the line of duty, and it is high time a Police Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum existed to act as a focal point for remembrance and gratitude.

“Since 2001, the National Memorial Arboretum has been a place of solemn remembrance and quiet reflection. It is therefore a fitting place in which to pay tribute to the bravery and dedication of the policemen and women who have given up their lives, and the commitment and courage of all those who continue to serve.

“This campaign aims to fund a physical memorial and a digital experience, as well as a living memorial that will help to support the families of the fallen. The money committed so far by the Government, as well as Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners, staff associations and companies and business is testament to the significance of this project, and I have no doubt that people across the UK will be eager to raise the rest of the funds needed.

“I am delighted to lend my support to this campaign to raise funds to honour the memory of the hundreds of fallen officers by erecting a UK Police Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum.”

Find out more or donate by visiting https://www.ukpolicememorial.org.

SPAR is recalling its Tikka Chicken Chunks because it may contain small pieces of glass which could present a safety risk.

Anyone who has purchase the chicken is asked to return it to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.

The product may contain small pieces of glass which could represent a safety risk.

The item affected is the 140g pack sizes of SPAR Chicken Tikka Chunks with a Use by date of 19 May 2017.

The product has a barcode of 501035823355 and the company say that no other SPAR products are known to be affected.

 

 

Action Counters terrorism

POLICE are calling on the public to share information with their friends and family about how they can help counter terrorism – and potentially ACT to save lives.

Following a number of recent incidents in London, police are keen to remind local communities that terrorists can strike anywhere and everyone across the UK should remain alert but not alarmed.

A nationwide campaign was launched recently to encourage anyone with concerns about possible terrorist activity to contact the authorities. Called ACT, for Action Counters Terrorism, the key message is that no one should worry about wasting police time.

If you have suspicions – just ACT.

All the details can be seen via this link gov.uk/ACT – which officers want people to share. The site includes videos – watched by nearly one million people so far – along with posters and two podcasts which tell real life stories about how the public helped foil terror attacks.

Since launching the initiative in March, 3000 people have contacted police with information. The vast majority of concerns turned out to be nothing, but a small number contributed significant information that police have followed up on – information that might otherwise have been missed.

Detective Inspector Martyn Barnes from Warwickshire Police says: “Information from the public is vital to stopping atrocities. The police and security services are working hard to tackle the threat but we can’t do it alone.

“We are working with lots of different agencies and businesses who are all able to contribute to keeping our communities safe – but we need the public more than ever.

“We understand that people might hesitate to contact us because they are worried it could be wasting police time. In most cases it will be nothing to be concerned about but we would rather you called than risk us missing some vital piece of information. All information received will be treated in confidence.

“Someone right now will know something that could make a big different to one of our investigations. They could literally be saving lives by getting in touch, so please share the link gov.uk/ACT

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MOBILE phone users can now block unwanted sales and marketing calls by texting their details to the Telephone Preference Service.

It is simple to do as well! Mobile phone users can opt out of nuisance calls by sending one, FREE text message.

Named ‘text to register’, all you have to do is text ‘TPS’ followed by your email address to 78070.  That’s it, simple!

This ‘text-to-register’ service adds your number to the ‘do not call’ database of the Telephone Preference Service.

Communications regulator Ofcom said only 48% of people familiar with the TPS are aware that they can register a mobile number, compared with 88% for landlines – meaning only 2.9 million UK mobiles are registered.

The service can take up to 28 days to become fully effective, but a reduction in unwanted sales and marketing voice calls should be noticeable within a few days.

Organisations cannot legally make unsolicited calls to numbers registered with the TPS unless they have consent.

“Rogue callers operate illegally and against the interests of ordinary people,” said John Aitchison, head of the TPS.

“Texting will make it easier for people to register their mobile numbers on the TPS, which is the only official no-call list, and help us stamp out rogue callers once and for all by giving the Information Commissioner more ammunition to prosecute these case.”

  1. To register your mobile phone number in the TPS database, text TPS and your email address to the shortcode 78070.
  2. You should receive a text reply from the TPS that confirms your mobile number has been added to its database.

You should notice a “gradual reduction in unsolicited sales and marketing voice calls after a few days”, according to Ofcom. But it can take up to 28 days for the service to become fully effective. A study commissioned by Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office found mobile phone customers registered with the TPS saw a 31 per cent reduction in nuisance calls.

No. Registering with the TPS does not prevent spam text messages. You can report spam texts to your mobile network operator however by simply forwarding the text to the shortcode 7726.

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Just incase you’re not sure!

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DAYLIGHT Saving Time returns and we can look forward to lighter evenings as the winter fades away. But precisely when and why do the clocks spring forward?

The move to Daylight Savings Time, or British Summer Time means that the days are getting longer – but switching clocks also means a whole hour less in bed.

As we prepare to uncover the BBQ and inflate the paddling pool for those summer months here’s everything you need to know about Daylight Saving Time.

When do the clocks go forward?
Spring is officially here, the nights are becoming lighter, the temperature is getting warmer – and on Sunday, 26 March 2017, we will see the UK move to British Summer Time: at 1am to be precise.

But remember, you’ll need to change some clocks manually – or face constant bewilderment every time you catch a glimpse of the time on your oven or microwave. Or just leave them until the clocks go back again in autumn.

Why do the clocks go forward?
The moving of the clocks was first introduced during World War I by Germany and Austria, and then by the allies, to save on coal usage.

It was invented by George Vincent Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist in 1895, while British businessman William Willett is also credited with the idea as a way of getting up earlier and so having more daylight hours after work.

William Willett is the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who have a song called ‘Clocks’. While the UK has always had daylight savings time since it was first introduced, it came into widespread use across the world during the 1970s because of the energy crisis.

So what is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight saving time (DST) or summer time is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months by one hour so that in the evening daylight is experienced an hour longer, and normal sunrise times are sacrificed.

Typically, regions with summer time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time.

Will my mobile phone update? 
Yes, if you have an iPhone, iPad and Mac they automatically change. Check you have your ‘Date and Time’ settings for ‘Set Automatically’ turned on and it’s best to update your iOS too.

For smartphones, network operators should change the time accordingly so you shouldn’t have to do anything, but make sure you have automatic updates set to your phone.

Wouldn’t it be easier not to meddle with it?
Some people absolutely think that’s the case and have been lobbying for a long time for Britain to stay on BST or GMT all year around. They argue that it would increase tourist revenue, cut crime, reduce accidents, save energy and generally make us all the more cheery.

Folk in Scotland, tend to disagree as parts of the country wouldn’t see daylight until 10am.

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PARLIAMENT is in lockdown after a police officer was stabbed and as many as a dozen people mowed down on Westminster Bridge.

Police have said that they are treating the incident as a “Terrorist incident until we know otherwise”.

Witnesses described seeing “an Asian guy in his 40s carrying a knife” running towards the Houses of Parliament across Westminster Bridge.

Commons leader David Lidington said a “police officer has been stabbed” and the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police” amid “further violent incidents” in the area.

MPs said they had heard three or four gunshots. A Downing Street source said Prime Minister Theresa May was “OK”.

Staff inside Parliament have been told to stay inside their offices.

An air ambulance landed in Parliament Square minutes after the incidents and medics were treating two people at the scene.

Our thoughts are with all the innocent people involved in this incident.  Anti-Terrorist Hotline

THE Prime Minister is now free to officially notify the EU that the UK intends to leave after the Queen granted the Brexit bill royal assent.

Officially known as the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, it passed the Parliamentary process following votes in the Commons and Lords on Monday.

It has now become law meaning Theresa May will now decide when to invoke the two-year negotiation period for Britain to leave the EU.

Downing Street has suggested this is not likely until the last week of March.

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