Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will meet with Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley, after serial rapist David Carrick’s crimes have sparked strengthened efforts to clean out the UK forces.
Every police force has received orders to sift out sexual predators and domestic abusers within their ranks in a major review in the wake of the horrific crimes committed by Met Police officer, David Carrick.
It comes after the Met Police ran a check which revealed more than 1,000 serving officers and staff for the force had complaints filed against them spanning over a decade.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) is writing to all forces in England and Wales to check against national police databases to identify officers and staff who may have ‘slipped through the net’ before vetting standards were toughened.
Carrick, 48, admitted to 49 criminal charges, including 24 counts of rape against 12 women while serving with the force between 2003 and 2020. He was known to his colleagues as ‘B**tard Dave’
Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday, January 18th, Mr Sunak said: “I know members from across the House will be as shocked and as appalled as I am about the case of David Carrick.
“The abuse of power is truly sickening and our thoughts are with his victims. The police must address the failings in this case, restore public confidence and ensure the safety of women and girls.
“There will be no place to hide for those who use their position to intimidate those women and girls, or those who have failed to act, reprimand or remove those people from office.”
The Home Secretary Suella Braverman has also asked the College of Policing to strengthen the statutory code of practice for police vetting, making the obligations all forces must legally follow stricter and clearer, saying: “Carrick’s sickening crimes are a stain on the police and he should never have been allowed to remain as an officer for so long.
“We are taking immediate steps to ensure predatory individuals are not only rooted out of the force, but that vetting and standards are strengthened to ensure they cannot join the police in the first place.
“I want to make sure we have a fair and effective system of removing those officers who are simply not fit to serve.”
A Home Office review will question whether processes around recruitment and vetting do enough to identify those who are not fit to serve, investigate the extent of ‘misogynistic and predatory behaviour’ in police culture and ensure those who fall short of standards can be sacked.
Manchester’s derelict arches set to be transformed into food, drink and retail destination
The plans will transform the empty site into a trendy new hangout for tenants and working professionals
Several derelict railway arches in a forgotten corner of Manchester are set to become a new food, drink, leisure and retail destination.
The council have granted planning permission to revamp the 10 arches, located on Corporation Street in Red Bank, with the project to be undertaken by The Arch Company – which has also secured permission from Salford Council to transform a further 10 arches, located on Norton Street in the Green Quarter.
The vision is to turn the area, near Angel Meadow, into a street of arches that appeal to potential residents looking to move to a trendy area, with plenty to do, in the city.
The company has pitched the development as a plan to transform the arches into a new destination ‘for food and drink, leisure and retail businesses to occupy’, while respecting and maintaining the city’s industrial history.
Santosh Patel, from Pick Everard – the construction consultants brought into the project – said: “Manchester is famously proud of its industrial heritage, and this project not only maintains and celebrates that history, but rejuvenates it in an exciting and innovative way to bring added social value to the city’s modern landscape and its residents.
“Seeing this project to completion will bring a new offering to Manchester, further regenerating its town centre in a way that makes sense within its larger community.”
“The new spaces present a great opportunity for independent retail, restaurant, and other leisure businesses to develop in an area that will grow and thrive with them,” he added.
However, breathing new life into deteriorating Victorian railway arches will not be without its challenges as Alan Soper, studio director at SGP, highlighted that one issue on Corporation Street was ‘substantial level differences from the front to the rear of many of the units’.
He added that ‘clever design’ was needed for requirements like fire escapes — because the arches back on to the River Irk, so an exit route can only go through the front.
Mr Soper said: “By any standards, arches are not a ‘normal’ building type and each can differ considerably in height, depth and shape, realising the potential of these previously overlooked spaces takes experience and good technical know-how if we are to refurbish them to modern occupancy standards.”
“Our previous experience with old, historic or listed properties, and the ability to work within the existing building fabric, has proved invaluable in realising some of these schemes, as, too, has our technical knowledge of building regulations, particularly in relation to ventilation and fire security,” he added.
Both the Manchester and Salford arches developments form part of Project 1000, The Arch Company’s £200m plan to bring 1,000 empty or derelict spaces into use across England and Wales by 2030.
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Urgent appeal to find missing teenager from Stretford
Have you seen Leon?
Concerns grow as police make an urgent appeal to find a missing teenage boy from Trafford.
Leon, 17, was last seen on Gorse Street in Stretford at 8.30pm on Saturday, February 24th.
He is described as being 5 ft 7 ins tall, with brown hair and glasses.
Leon was last seen wearing a black and green jacket, red hoodie, grey jogging bottoms and black trainers.
Greater Manchester Police officers are becoming increasingly concerned about Leon and want to make sure that he is safe and well.
Anyone with information about Leon’s whereabouts should contact police on 101 quoting log 1654 of 25/02/24.
Man, 27, killed after Audi crashes into wall as police appeal for information
A 27-year-old man has been arrested
Police are appealing for information after a man was killed when a car smashed into a wall in Stockport.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the tragic incident.
An Audi S3 was travelling North East along Broadstone Road on Saturday night when it collided with the Houldsworth Mill external perimeter wall, opposite the Grey Horse Public House, police said.
The man, a 27-year-old passenger, sadly died in the collision which happened at around 6pm on Saturday, February 24th.
Emergency services rushed to attend the scene of the incident but the passenger sadly passed away. The man’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
The driver of the vehicle, a 27-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in custody while enquiries continue.
Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) are now appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to make a report.
They are also keen to speak to anyone who may have any footage – including dashcam, CCTV, or mobile phone footage – from the area in the moments leading up to the collision.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741, quoting log number 2429 of 25/02/24.
Information can also be shared using GMP’s ‘tell us about’ tool or LiveChat function on the force’s website: www.gmp.police.uk.