Police need to drop 'boss knows best' leadership, says Met contender

Modernisation requires debate over what forces should prioritise in face of changing crime, says Sara Thornton

Policing needs to abandon a “boss knows best” culture and debate how stretched resources are deployed in the face of ever-growing demands, according to one of the leading contenders to become the next Metropolitan police commissioner.

Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, told the Guardian that a “modernisation of policing” was necessary as police work out how to best help the victims of traditional crimes while learning how to contend with newer cybercrimes and other offences linked to technology.

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Human rights abuses in Bahrain cast shadow over £2m UK aid support

Aid drawn partly from obscure tranche devoted to conflict, stability and security sparks concerns about transparency and Bahrain’s poor human rights record

The government is facing fresh questions about Britain’s aid strategy after it emerged that a controversial multi-million pound programme of support for Bahrain’s security and justice system is being bolstered this year, even as the Gulf state reverses reforms to a key intelligence agency accused of torture.

Data provided under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that Bahraini authorities will this year receive a further £2m of British funding, including aid money drawn from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, a pot of aid money currently the focus of an investigation by UK MPs.

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Donald Trump dossier: intelligence sources vouch for author's credibility

Ex-MI6 officer Christopher Steele, named as writer of Donald Trump memo, is ‘highly regarded professional’

His denials – at least some of them – were emphatic, even by the standards that Donald Trump has come to be judged by. The dossier, he said, was a confection of lies; he compared it to Nazi propaganda; it was fake news spread by sick people.

At his press briefing on Wednesday, the president-elect dared the world’s media to scrutinise the 35 pages of claims, before throwing down a challenge – where’s the proof? Nobody had any. Case closed.

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Irish court case on whether Brexit can be reversed to be heard this month – Daily Mail

Irish court case on whether Brexit can be reversed to be heard this month
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LONDON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – A crowdfunded legal challenge to determine whether Britain's divorce from the European Union can be reversed once it has been triggered will be launched in Dublin by the end of January, the lawyer behind the case said on …
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Princess Diana's values shared with a new generation in the 20th year since her death – Telegraph.co.uk

Princess Diana's values shared with a new generation in the 20th year since her death
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'Cruel and utterly heartless': Addict who killed OAP with rolling pin jailed for 21 years – Express.co.uk

'Cruel and utterly heartless': Addict who killed OAP with rolling pin jailed for 21 years
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Hillsborough criminal probe bosses stand by landmark prosecution decision – Liverpool Echo

Hillsborough criminal probe bosses stand by landmark prosecution decision
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The bosses of the criminal probes into the Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath today defended the decision to suggest 23 suspects be considered for criminal charges. The announcement had sparked a mixed reaction from families and campaigners, with …
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Further Brexit court cases to be launched in Dublin and London

Government faces two more potential hurdles to process of leaving EU, on top of supreme court’s impending verdict on article 50 case

Fresh legal challenges aimed at preventing a hard Brexit will be launched this month as MPs craft parliamentary amendments in the hope of securing a second vote on any final deal with the European Union.

Ireland’s courts will host an ambitious crowdfunded attempt to refer an appeal to the EU’s highest tribunal about whether the process of Brexit is reversible. A letter before action is being sent to the Irish government on Friday, and it is intended that the application will go before judges in Dublin in the spring.

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Government urged to act as managers say NHS has reached 'tipping point' – shropshirestar.com

Government urged to act as managers say NHS has reached 'tipping point'
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The NHS Confederation, which represents managers across England, said it was time the Government accepted “limited investment” has “consequences”. The comments come as new figures for November show a health system under strain as it got ready to …

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Foster carer 'killed by man who then called porn line on her phone'

Norma Bell, 79, was strangled to death by Gareth Dack, 33, who then burned her house down, Teesside crown court hears

A 79-year-old widow was strangled to death by a debt-ridden drug user who phoned “soft porn” chatlines while she lay dying before burning her house down, a court heard.

Norma Bell, a foster carer to more than 50 children, was throttled with an electrical cord so that her alleged killer could steal a new television and £700 in cash, jurors were told.

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Residents being evacuated and Army on standby as tidal surge hits east coast – BT.com

Residents being evacuated and Army on standby as tidal surge hits east coast
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UK snow: Severe weather sweeps across country – BBC News

UK snow: Severe weather sweeps across country
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Thief murdered an elderly widow before using her phone to call a sex chatline – Daily Mail

Thief murdered an elderly widow before using her phone to call a sex chatline
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Gareth Dack, 33, is accused of murdering Norma Bell, 79, in her home in Hartlepool by strangling her with an electrical cable. It is also alleged that between midnight and 5am he then used her landline to call the 'soft-porn television service
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Army minister accuses Corbyn of siding with Russia against Nato

Mike Penning says Labour leader ‘would rather collaborate with Russian aggression’ in row over Estonia troop deployment

A Conservative defence minister has launched an extraordinary attack on Jeremy Corbyn, accusing the Labour leader of collaborating with Russian aggression.

Mike Penning, the armed forces minister, took issue with Corbyn’s comments that it was “unfortunate that troops have gone up to the border on both sides” – referring to Nato and Russian forces on either side of the Estonian border.

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Graham Taylor: tributes pour in after death of former England manager aged 72

• Former Aston Villa and Watford manager had a suspected heart attack
• ‘He was like a brother to me,’ says his former chairman Elton John

The football world has come together to mourn the death of the former England manager Graham Taylor at the age of 72 from a suspected heart attack.

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NHS chief Simon Stevens refuses to buckle under No 10 pressure

NHS England chief executive is vowing to remain in post, despite tense relationship with Theresa May

Simon Stevens intends to remain as the boss of NHS England for at least the next two years and tough out his tense relationship with Theresa May, despite Downing Street aides briefing against him.

The chief executive will keep setting out his views about NHS funding, but he will stop making the case in public for more money for social care – which has antagonised May – in a bid to repair relations with No 10.

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NHS chief Simon Stevens refuses to buckle under No 10 pressue

NHS England chief executive is vowing to remain in post, despite tense relationship with Theresa May

Simon Stevens intends to remain as the boss of NHS England for at least the next two years and tough out his tense relationship with Theresa May, despite Downing Street aides briefing against him.

The chief executive will keep setting out his views about NHS funding, but he will stop making the case in public for more money for social care – which has antagonised May – in a bid to repair relations with No 10.

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Struggling hospitals brace for further spike in demand in cold snap

People with diabetes, lung disease or undergoing cancer treatment could be at higher risk of developing pneumonia

Freezing temperatures sweeping the UK risk plunging struggling hospitals into a deeper level of crisis as the NHS enters its busiest three weeks of the year, health bosses have said.

Hospitals are braced for a sudden spike in emergency admissions for broken limbs and chronic breathing problems. The organisation that represents hospital trusts in England said the NHS, already facing “winter all year round”, risked being plunged into an “Arctic winter” in the days ahead.

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Ministers can’t silence NHS concerns because people can see it unravelling | Gaby Hinsliff

It was easy to dismiss officials’ fears about Brexit: more difficult to discredit Simon Stevens because we can see the health crisis for ourselves

Believe hard enough, and you can get what you want. Or at any rate that’s the theory behind the fashionable cult of manifestation, as championed by Oprah; focus on your heart’s desire, tell yourself you’re going to get it, and it’s amazing what positive thinking can achieve. Only now this form of secular prayer seems to be catching on in Downing Street too.

This week Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, became the latest civil servant accused of failing to believe. He is said to be regarded by some within No 10 as “unenthusiastic”, insufficiently on board perhaps with thrilling efforts to solve the NHS crisis by claiming there isn’t one. Think positive, man! Best foot forward! Like Ivan Rogers, the departing ambassador to the EU said to be too gloomy about Brexit, apparently Stevens just needs to jolly well buck his ideas up.

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BREAKING: One of UK's most wanted suspected paedophiles Stephen Carruthers arrested – Express.co.uk

BREAKING: One of UK's most wanted suspected paedophiles Stephen Carruthers arrested
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