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LGA welcomes new police support for councillors


The Local Government Association (LGA) has welcomed news that councillors will for the first time have a named police contact to help with security issues.

Chesterfield council welcomes record drugs bust


Dozens of gang members have been jailed for more than 120 years after a drugs bust in Chesterfield succeeded in disrupting nine county lines gangs.

Council probe leads officers to ‘step back’


Two senior Guildford and Waverley officers have agreed to temporarily ‘step back’ from their roles amid intensifying investigations into housing maintenance contracts.

Call to recruit 19,000 neighbourhood officers


A think-tank has urged the Government to launch a recruitment drive to boost police numbers and restore trust in neighbourhood policing.

Council officer hands police file on £1m pay-outs


A file relating to allegedly unlawful exit payments to managers at Northumberland County Council has been handed to police, Northumbria Police has confirmed.

Worcestershire council contacted 36 times before child’s death


Worcestershire County Council was contacted multiple times about the welfare of nine-year-old Alfie Steele, who was killed by his mother and her partner.

Bronson Battersby: Review launched after toddler’s death


Lincolnshire County Council has launched a review after the tragic death of two-year-old Bronson Battersby.

Newsom report reveals Rochdale exploitation failings


Failings by officials at Rochdale Council and senior police meant vulnerable girls were targeted by a child sexual abuse gang for years, report has concluded.

Arrests over ULEZ camera explosion


Two men have been arrested amid an investigation into an explosion in Sidcup that damaged a ULEZ camera and surrounding property.

Investigation launched into ULEZ camera explosion


The Metropolitan Police has launched a criminal investigation after an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) camera in Sidcup exploded on Wednesday night.

Vape sniffer dog uncovers £18.5k of contraband


A sniffer dog has helped Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards team uncover thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit e-cigarettes and tobacco.

LGA responds to councillors’ ceasefire email


The LGA has spoken out after two councillors threatened to name locally elected members who did not sign up to support a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza.

Council admits hand in disposing of tents


Camden Council has admitted that it was involved in the disposal of homeless people’s tents in central London last week.

Housing minister among casualties of Sunak reshuffle


The UK will have its 16th housing minister in 12 years after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s sweeping reshuffle affected the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Street calls for PCC powers


West Midlands mayor Andy Street has formally asked the Government to transfer police and crime commissioner (PCC) powers to the mayoralty.

Labour to crackdown on anti-social behaviour


Labour leader Keir Starmer will today promise local authorities stronger powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in town centres.

Concern over Bristol schools’ app use to monitor children


Campaign groups have accused Bristol schools who use an app to monitor pupils and their families of ‘intrusive monitoring’.

Councillor charged over child grooming allegations


A Scottish Labour councillor has been suspended from the party after he was charged over allegations of child grooming.

Historic Crooked House bricks to remain on site


The foundations of the historic Crooked House pub and the building’s bricks will remain on site as hazardous materials are removed, the council has confirmed.

Council confirms murdered Sara Sharif was known to authorities


A 10-year-old girl who was found dead in Surrey nearly two weeks ago was known to the county council.

Local government funding system has 'broken down'


The funding system for local government has ‘broken down’ and what councils currently receive from Whitehall and council tax barely reflects need, a think-tank has warned.

Crooked House pub demolition must be ‘catalyst’ for reform


The Crooked House pub demolition should lead to planning reforms to make it easier to stop ‘unscrupulous owners’ from redeveloping pubs, campaigners say.

Police treating Crooked House pub fire as arson


The police are now treating the fire at the historic Crooked House pub – ‘Britain's wonkiest pub’ – as arson.

Investigation launched into demolition of ‘Britain's wonkiest pub’


An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the demolition of the historic Crooked House pub has been launched, the local authority has said.

Health backing for police withdrawal delay


Senior healthcare figures have backed councils’ demand to delay police withdrawal from non-urgent mental health callouts.

Hertsmere to stop funding community support officers


Hertsmere Borough Council will no longer pay for police community support officers (PCSOs) and plans to establish its own scheme of enforcement officers.

Met still stop and search without body-worn cameras


The Met have carried out 6,225 stop and searches since January 2022 without using body-worn video (BWV) cameras, according to new data.

LGA: police mental health withdrawal too quick


Council chiefs have raised concerns that plans for police to stop attending mental health incidents are ‘being rolled out too quickly’.

Council suspends Bournemouth boat trips after deaths


Boat operations from Bournemouth Pier have been suspended as a precaution following the deaths of two children.

Council helps Premier League stop £7m streaming fraud


Five men who illegally streamed Premier League matches have been jailed following a trading-standards investigation led by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

Councils 'not ready' for Met's mental health withdrawal


Councils are not ready for the consequences of the Metropolitan Police Services’ decision to withdraw from non-emergency mental health callouts, experts warn.

Review into Leicester unrest launched


The Government has commissioned an independent review into the unrest in Leicester last year that occurred between groups of young Muslim and Hindu men.

Cardiff Council leader calls for investigation into Ely collision


The leader of Cardiff Council has called for an investigation into the events that led to the deaths of two teenagers and a riot on Monday night.

Alarming figures reveal 300% increase in ‘cuckooing’


Figures collected from local authorities across London have revealed a 300% increase in the number of ‘cuckooing’ cases across the capital.

Met accused of siding with protesters over drag storytelling session


The Metropolitan Police have been accused of siding with demonstrators at a protest over a drag performance for children at a pub in south London.

Council ‘deeply concerned’ by coronation arrests


Westminster CC says it is ‘deeply concerned’ over the arrest of three women’s safety volunteers who were arrested in the early hours of coronation day.

Council has ‘unanswered questions’ about refugee barge


Dorset Council and police have criticised the Home Office for not answering key questions about plans to house asylum seekers on a barge in Portland Port.

Petition to save venue after crush deaths hits 50,000


A petition calling on Lambeth Council to save the O2 Academy Brixton after two people were crushed to death last year has reached over 50,000 signatures.

Parents reluctant to report missing children, report finds


Low trust and confidence in the Metropolitan police is making some parents and carers reluctant to report children missing, according to the London Assembly.

Campaigners call for ‘community-led approach’ to youth violence


Police powers should be reduced and a ‘community-led approach’ to violence among young people adopted instead, according to campaigners.

Scottish council leaders and police strengthen collaboration


Local authority leaders in Scotland have agreed four key priority areas to strengthen collaboration between local government and policing.

Abuse survivors take legal action against council


Former pupils who were sexually and physically abused at a school in Liverpool have begun legal action against the city council that ran it.

Child sexual exploitation taskforce announced


PM Rishi Sunak has announced the establishment of a new taskforce of specialist police officers to help investigate child sexual exploitation and grooming.

Police called after LTN planters set on fire


Rochdale Borough Council has called the police after local low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) planters were set on fire.

Black children six times more likely to be subjected to strip searches


Black children are six times more likely to be strip searched by the police in England and Wales than white children, according to official figures.

Croydon pushes ahead with drive to hold former leaders to account


Croydon LBC has announced ‘unprecedented action’ to hold ex-senior leaders to account for ‘misconduct, wrongdoing and failures in governance’.

Report into Met’s misogyny and racism ‘bleak', say council chiefs


London council leaders have pledged to work with the capital’s police force in rebuiliding trust with the public after the damning report by Baroness Casey.

Councillors offer support after attack near Birmingham mosque


Local councillors in Birmingham have offered their support to residents of Edgbaston after a man was set alight on the way home from a mosque.

Investigator says 'heads must roll' after Croydon collapse


An independent report into the reasons for the financial collapse of Croydon LBC that has finally been officially published has said ‘heads must roll’.

Rochdale council disrupts £65m counterfeit goods network


The trading standards team at Rochdale Borough Council has disrupted a criminal counterfeit goods operation worth up to £65m a year.

Council officer praised after crossbow-wielding man arrested


A Barking and Dagenham Council community ranger has been praised after their actions led to the arrest of a man armed with a crossbow.

Khan announces £14m to restore trust in Met


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out proposals for £14.2m of new funding to rebuild the trust and confidence of London’s communities in the Met Police.

Council extends venue’s licence suspension after crush deaths


Lambeth Council yesterday suspended the O2 Academy Brixton’s premises licence for a further three months following last month’s tragic crush.

Mayor 'baffled' by community unrest


Leicester’s directly-elected mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, has said he is ‘baffled’ by the widespread disorder in the city.

Four arrested in connection to council worker’s murder


Four men have been arrested as part of the investigation into the murder of council worker Ashley Dale in Liverpool last month.

Council apologises for child sexual exploitation


Telford & Wrekin Council has apologised ‘wholeheartedly’ after an inquiry concluded more than 1,000 children were sexually exploited over at least 30 years.

Council criticised after homophobic abuse complaint


Coventry City Council has been criticised for not doing enough to help a man who was subject to homophobic abuse.

Domestic abuse crimes rose by 6% in past year


The number of domestic abuse crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in the year ending March 2021 increased by 6% on the previous year, new figures have shown.

Projects secure funding to improve safety of women at night


Projects that aim to improve the safety of women and girls in public spaces at night have been awarded £5m funding from the Government.

Areas chosen to pilot offensive weapons homicide reviews


A new law to help prevent deaths caused by an offensive weapon will be tested by several local authority areas in London, West Midlands and Wales.

Third round of safer streets funding is allocated


Local authorities and police forces across England and Wales have been awarded £23.5m to help make women and girls feel safer in public spaces.

More than £1m to help city recover from Keyham shootings


More than £1m has been allocated to help Plymouth recover from the Keyham tragedy.

Call for a cross-system approach to tackle violence against women and girls


Local authorities will play a key role in ending 'an epidemic' of violence against women and girls, a new report has said.

Police criticised for handling of child abuse cases


Police criticised for delaying alerting children’s social care when they have found children living in houses where they might be vulnerable to abuse.

Queen's speech: PM's 'live local and prosper' promise


Levelling up, boosting the economy and backing the NHS are set to be the priorities for Tuesday’s Queen’s speech.

Thousands of people evacuated after WW2 bomb detonation


Residents were forced to evacuate their homes this weekend following the detonation of a World War Two bomb in Exeter.

Councils welcome £148m funding boost to cut misuse of drugs


Five areas across England will pilot a new approach to tackling drug misuse under plans announced today by the Government.

Sadiq Khan proposes 9.5% council tax increase


The mayor of London has announced council tax will increase by 9.5% to help fund free travel for young people and the over 60s.

Liverpool to undergo best value inspection


Liverpool City Council will undergo an inspection of whether it is complying with its best value duty after the arrest of its mayor.

'Data desert' on vulnerable children and county lines, report warns


Local authorities and police forces are failing to identify the number of vulnerable children being exploited by criminal gangs, a new report has warned.

Keeping the Welsh public safe with PSBA’s network


PSBA has supported Dyfed-Powys Police (DPP) with network solutions for over a decade, providing connectivity services to enable DPP to serve Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys, the largest police force area in England and Wales.

Council declares major incident as thousands flock to beach


A council was forced to declare a major incident yesterday after thousands of people flocked to the beach on the hottest day of the year.

Councils back evictions ban in face of landlord criticism


Councils have insisted police powers can still be used to evict perpetrators of domestic violence amid the evictions ban.

Man jailed for racially abusing a council worker


A man has been jailed after racially abusing a council worker in Bristol, accusing them of bringing coronavirus into the country.

Lack of joint working in the fight against ‘county lines’ puts children at risk


Local authorities don’t always tell the police when they move ‘at risk’ children into their areas, a new report has warned.

Keeping the Welsh public safe with PSBA’s network


How PSBA’s network services are helping Dyfed-Powys Police to forge cost-effective links with communities and localities.

Priti Patel unveils £20m funding to tackle county lines


The Government has announced a package of new measures to tackle county lines drugs gangs.

Care home closed amid allegations of ‘child cruelty’


A care home in the north Bristol area for children with special needs has been closed down amid allegations of child cruelty.

Stop 'criminalisation' of children in care homes, council chiefs say


More must be done to stop the 'criminalisation' of children in care homes, according to local government leaders.

Nearly 600 people arrested to tackle county lines drug gangs


Nearly 600 people have been arrested in a single week for their suspected involvement in drug dealing across county lines.

Forty people investigated over child abuse in Rotherham


Forty people have been arrested or interviewed over child sexual abuse in Rotherham in the past two months.

Security fears after candidate addresses published


Security concerns have been raised after a loophole forced councils to publish the home addresses of candidates standing in the EU elections.

Knife crime hits ‘record’ highs


Knife crime in England and Wales rose to record levels last year, according to the most recent statistics.

Council fined for leak of its gang database


The London Borough of Newham has been fined £145,000 by the data watchdog for revealing personal information on more than 200 people who were on a police database.

Police investigate after council workers lock a body in apartment


A Scottish council has said it is supporting the police in their investigations after the body of Michael Stewart was locked into his apartment in Aberdeen.

A lack of police training ‘hinders’ slavery convictions, charity says


The response of the police to modern slavery victims ‘hinders’ the prosecution of traffickers and exploiters, a charity has claimed.

Council denies ‘litany of failures’ in Shamima Begum case


The lawyer representing the family of Shamima Begum has accused the borough of Tower Hamlets of a ‘litany of failures’ leading up to the teenager's decision to join ISIS.

Pilot project helps a third of youths quit ‘county lines’


Specialist support helped nearly a third of young people in a pilot project to quit 'county lines' involvement with drugs, according to a review.

Whitehall to tackle illegal traveller sites


The home secretary has announced that he is considering making it a criminal offence for travellers to set up camps on land they should not be on - despite a shortage of legal sites.

Khan announces £85m to tackle violent crime


Sadiq Khan has announced he will be using £85m of city hall funding to tackle violent crime.

Crime prevention budgets ‘slashed’ under Tories


Crime prevention budgets have been cut by more than a half since 2010, an analysis from Labour has revealed.

Police arrest 55 in connection with child sex abuse cases


Police have arrested 55 men in connection with historical child sex abuse cases in West Yorkshire.

Not enough evidence to prosecute in Tower Hamlets fraud case, Met says


An investigation into allegations of fraud in Tower Hamlets has concluded that there is not enough evidence to prosecute those involved, although evidence of a ‘serious criminal offence’ has been uncovered.

Lack of suitable accommodation forcing police to lock up children


A lack of suitable accommodation is forcing the police to detain children and vulnerable adults, the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has warned.

Government publishes new guidelines on protecting vulnerable suspects


New guidelines have been issued to protect vulnerable adults suspected of committing an offence.

Council taking action against landlord after ‘unexplained’ deaths


Harrow Council is taking action against the owner of a house where two men were found dead and five others were hospitalised after a possible carbon monoxide leak.

Schools evacuated after hoax bomb threat


Pupils across England were evacuated yesterday after an aggrieved gamer sent a hoax email threatening to bomb one of hundreds of schools.

Javid latest MP to receive 'punish a Muslim' letter


Local government secretary Sajid Javid has become the fifth politician to receive a hate-filled anti-Muslim letter.

Councils join new alliance to help people report child abuse


Local councils have joined forces with police chiefs, charities and the Government to help encourage the public to report suspicions of child abuse.

Cheshire East refers land purchase to police


Cheshire East Council have referred two new matters of concern to the local police after an assessment flagged concerns over the purchase of a plot of land.

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