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New funding to tackle gang violence in High Wycombe is intelligence-led and preventative


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High Wycombe has been selected as one of nine new areas to receive assistance to tackle gang and youth violence. I welcome this intelligence-led preventative work and High Wycombe will benefit from tailored support from experts to better understand the nature of gang-related violence and exploitation, identify opportunities for collaborative working and share effective ways of tackling local challenges. This support falls under the Ending Gangs and Youth Violence Programme which has already helped 43 areas nationally. Whilst I am advised that we […]

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Crime is down by more than a quarter


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Via Share the Facts: Our action plan and the hard work of the Police means that crime is down by more than a quarter – the lowest level on record. The Guardian reports, Crime rate in England and Wales falls 7% to lowest level since 1981.

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Council Tax set to rise by about 6p per week for policing


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As reported by the Bucks Free Press, the police element of council tax will be rising by 1.99% to protect the frontline. The story does not explain that the rise is about £3.19 per year for a band D property, or about 6p each week. Our Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld is responsible to the public at the ballot box for policing in the Thames Valley. As set out on his website: The job of the PCC is to ensure that the policing […]

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Contributions in the Commons since Christmas


Via Hansard by MP, my contributions since Christmas in the Commons chamber over a range of subjects: 13 January 2015 Charter for Budget Responsibility Grammar School Funding [Westminster Hall] Topical Questions (Health – urgent care) 12 January 2015 Topical Questions (Defence – nuclear deterrent) 5 January 2015 Regionalising Police Forces Contributions in the Treasury Select Committee are available separately. On health, a helpful direction of travel is emerging which I indicated in my topical question: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): As it […]

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Theresa May announces a consultation on stop and search


The Home Secretary, Theresa May, yesterday announced Government plans for a six-week public consultation on police powers of stop and search in England and Wales. You can read Mrs May’s statement to the House of Commons in full here.

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Seven men charged with a catalogue of sexual offences in Op Ribbon


As the Bucks Free Press has reported, seven Pakistani-British men have been charged with a catalogue of the most serious sexual offences.  They must now face a fair trial so that justice is done. Everyone remains innocent until proven guilty and nothing must be allowed to prejudice just convictions. Let us not forget that, somewhere, protected by a court order, there is a real victim going through recovery. There will be other victims, whether or not related to this case, and […]

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The Wycombe Muslim Communication Forum response to charges brought in Operation Ribbon


Following the charges brought in Operation Ribbon, I welcome the following press release from Wycombe Muslim Communication Forum: The Wycombe Muslim Communication Forum (WMCF) unequivocally condemns the alleged sexual offences that have been carried out in High Wycombe currently being reported in the media. These offences are intolerable and deplorable. Protecting our entire community in High Wycombe is of paramount importance and any appropriate measures taken to arrest charge and prosecute perpetrators of such offences and to safeguard and protect vulnerable […]

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Operation Ribbon update from Police Area Commander, Supt Gilbert Houalla


This is the latest update I have received in relation to Operation Ribbon from Area Commander, Supt Gilbert Houalla: It is unfortunate that this particular case has happened in Wycombe but this type of crime happens nationally and affects all sections of the community. Following the arrest of seven men with offences in relation to child exploitation and now it is important for us to continue to offer support to the whole community, including any victims and their families while […]

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Operation Ribbon arrests in High Wycombe this morning


This morning, police arrested 8 men in High Wycombe for alleged sexual exploitation of a young girl over a number of years. She is still under 18. A detailed statement has been released by Thames Valley Police. Further information is available on the Thames Valley Police Facebook page. The alleged offences are utterly vile and all decent people will join in condemning them. I wish Thames Valley Police and the Crown Prosecution Service every success in securing just convictions of the guilty and long […]

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The European Investigation Order


There is to be a statement on this subject later today. It will be interesting to see what powers are transferred, to what extent British people are subjected to overseas police powers by this measure, and what democratic control is to be exercised over those powers… Update: The Home Secretary’s statement is here. Big Brother Watch wrote about the EIO here, before we opted in: The EIO is intended to make it easier to gather evidence on another member state’s […]

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