(BIRMINGHAM) REPORT: G4S REMOVED FROM RUNNING THE PRISON: After government takeover but only for 6-months while an investigation takes place after both G4S and the Government have both been criticised for allowing the situation at Birmingham to get to this point #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: Privately-run HMP Birmingham is being taken over by the Government after ministers concluded “drastic action” was needed to address failings at the jail: Details of the intervention emerged as the Chief Inspector of Prisons published a highly critical assessment of the establishment, which has been managed by G4S #AceNewsDesk reports

  • What were the problems?

Both G4S and the Government have both been criticised for allowing the situation at Birmingham to get to this point.

An unannounced inspection that concluded earlier this month found that the jail had seriously deteriorated in the past 18 months.

Staff were found asleep or locked in offices, levels of violence were the highest for any local jail in the country and substance use was prevalent.

The Chief Inspector of Prisons told ITV News: “The conditions are Birmingham were amongst the worst we’ve seen anywhere.

“But it wasn’t just the fact of the conditions, the squalor, the dirt, the filth, it was the fact the prison seemed to be on a path which was taking it out of control.

“Drugs were blatantly trafficked and used on the wings, the staff for some reason seemed to be tolerating this, violence was extraordinarily high and the sense was there was no real plan to rescue what was happening and to stop it.

“I think the most worrying thing about the inspection at Birmingham was the the prison seemed to be moving in the direction where control of the jail was possibly going to be lost, staff weren’t intervening in misbehaviour – they didn’t seem confident or competent to control the behaviour prisoners and prisoners were basically, in some cases, were doing exactly as they wanted.”

  • Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke
  • What has the reaction to the report been?

After viewing the report, officials determined that without additional support, the prison will not be able to turn itself around.

As a result, Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke triggered an “urgent notification” process to demand action from ministers.

There were riots at HMP Birmingham in 2016.

There were riots at HMP Birmingham in 2016. Credit: PA

Justice Secretary David Gauke and the Prisons Minister Rory Stewart recently visited the prison and concluded that “stepping in” is the best way to make an immediate impact and begin the necessary improvements.

Mr Stewart said: “What we have seen at Birmingham is unacceptable and it has become clear that drastic action is required to bring about the improvements we require.

“This ‘step in’ means that we can provide additional resources to the prison while insulating the taxpayer from the inevitable cost this entails.”

  • So what happens now?

From Monday, control of HMP Birmingham will be taken over by HM Prison and Probation Service in accordance with the Criminal Justice Act 1991 and as part of the contract with G4S.

HMPPS will run the jail for an initial six-month period, but the Ministry of Justice said this may be extended and the prison will not be handed back until ministers are satisfied that sufficient progress has been made.

1,269

Number of inmates at HMP Birmingham

July 2018

The Ministry said it was putting in place one of the service’s best governors to lead the prison, an initial 30 extra officers are to be deployed to bolster staffing levels, and the jail’s capacity is being reduced by 300 places.

Officials emphasised that there would be no additional cost to the taxpayer.

  • Hasn’t there been trouble at HMP Birmingham before?

The prison was the scene of a major riot in December 2016 that was believed to have caused more than £2 million-worth of damage.

A report in June 2017 highlighted fighting on wings caused by easy access to drugs, with inmates concerned about high levels of violence.

Three months later staff were involved in a seven-hour stand-off with inmates after they refused to return to their cells.

  • Who is held at HMP Birmingham?

The prison for adult male inmates had a population of 1,269 at the end of July. Built in 1849, the remand prison holds inmates while they await trial for alleged offences.

On average, inmates spend around six weeks there before being transferred to other jails.

HMP Birmingham is one of more than a dozen privately-run prisons in the UK

HMP Birmingham is one of more than a dozen privately-run prisons in the UK Credit: PA

Global security giant G4S holds contracts to provide services across the UK justice system. It is the largest secure outsourcing company in the country.

G4S became the first private company to take over a public prison in the UK when it assumed control of HMP Birmingham in 2011.

The publicly-traded company reported £139 million in pre-tax profits in the first six months of 2018, with revenue of £3.67 billion.

Jerry Petherick, managing director of G4S Custody & Detention Services, said HMP Birmingham faced “exceptional challenges” including “increasingly high levels of prisoner violence towards staff and fellow prisoners”.

The company said it welcomed the Government’s intervention and “the opportunity to work with the Ministry of Justice to urgently address the issues faced at the prison”.

  • Are there many private jails in the UK?

Excluding HMP Birmingham there are 13 “contracted-out” prisons in the UK. Private prisons were introduced in the 1990s.

Both G4S and the Government have both been criticised for allowing the situation at Birmingham to get to this point.

Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke told ITV News: “The conditions are Birmingham were amongst the worst we’ve seen anywhere.

“But it wasn’t just the fact of the conditions, the squalor, the dirt, the filth, it was the fact the prison seemed to be on a path which was taking it out of control.

“Drugs were blatantly trafficked and used on the wings, the staff for some reason seemed to be tolerating this, violence was extraordinarily high and the sense was there was no real plan to rescue what was happening and to stop it.

“I think the most worrying thing about the inspection at Birmingham was the the prison seemed to be moving in the direction where control of the jail was possibly going to be lost, staff weren’t intervening in misbehaviour – they didn’t seem confident or competent to control the behaviour prisoners and prisoners were basically, in some cases, were doing exactly as they wanted.

Last updated Mon 20 Aug 2018

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(DUNDEE, Scotland.) Police are hunting for a knife-wielding robber who targeted two bookmakers and a supermarket on Sunday afternoon at around 14:00:hrs: In each incident, a male presented a knife at staff in order to obtain money #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: Two bookmakers in Dundee and a small supermarket in Invergowrie were held up at “knife-point” at around 2pm……………Police are still searching for the man, but said there was enough information gathered in the aftermath to suggest all three incidents are linked #AceNewsDesk reports


Ladbrokes on Perth RoadWilliam Hill on Buttar’s Lane and Scotmid Co-operative were all involved

The Scotmid Co-operative in Invergowrie, the William Hill shop on Buttar’s Lane and the Ladbrokes on Perth Road were all targeted……………….Ladbrokes is less than 10 metres from the small Ryehill police station, which has recently been saved from closure………..Staff across the road at the Tay Bridge bar said police had been outside the shop on Sunday afternoon, but left close to 5pm……………One employee added: “One minute the shop was open, the next there was a police officer standing guard.”……………..Staff at all three shops were uninjured, according to police, but left shaken as a result of their ordeal.

It is the third time in 10 months the Main Road branch of Scotmid in Invergowrie has been targeted: It is thought a man approached staff “with a knife” shortly after 2.30pm

Police were spotted racing to the Invergowrie scene from as far away as Dundee city centre, with a number of vehicles travelling under blue lights on Roseangle shortly after the call was made……………….Marked cars were also seen travelling to the village from the Perth to Dundee carriageway of the A90.

One resident reported seeing police sniffer dogs near the shop: Police dog units, a car and a “riot van” filled with officers clad in tactical gear including all-in-one overalls and utility belts were on City Road shortly before 6.30pm…………….Officers were unable to say whether the City Road operation was linked with the wider attempted robbery investigation………………..One Invergowrie woman, who declined to be named, said: “People across the village are saying there was a knife-point robbery………………“The store was closed from the afternoon onwards……………….“This is now the third or fourth time this shop has been targeted recently, I really feel bad for the staff.”……………..A police spokesperson said: “Officers were called to deal with an incident which took place in Dundee and Invergowrie on Sunday.

In each incident, a male presented a knife at staff in order to obtain money

“If anyone saw anything, or has any information regarding the incident, please call 101 or speak to an officer. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

In October last year, the Invergowrie shop was targeted by thieves twice in one week.

Two teenagers were charged the following January for the break-in and thefts.
Scotmid, Ladbrokes and William Hill could not be reached for comment: https://t.co/uap3tywE0T Published: August 19, 2018 at 09:31AM

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: #Taliban insurgents are holding more than 20 bus passengers in northern province of Kunduz, provincial spokesman Ismatullah Muradi tells CNN: Its just one day after President Ashraf Ghani offered a month-long-ceasefire beginning Monday #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: The official said Taliban members stopped three buses traveling from Badakhshan and Takhar to the capital Kabul early Monday morning and abducted roughly 150 passengers: Afghan security forces arrived at the scene and managed to free most of the passengers, including some women and children, but 21 people are still captive, Muradi said #AceNewsDesk reports

Zabiullah Mojahid, a Taliban spokesman, told CNN the insurgent group had received reports that there were Afghan security forces among the passengers and they stopped the buses to investigate: He said his forces had not kidnapped the passengers but had taken them to a safe place near the highway to question them and will free them after the investigations are finished.

The abductions come a day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered a month-long ceasefire with the Taliban beginning Monday, if the militant group agrees to honor it. There has been no response from the Taliban.https://cnn.it/2OQDEil Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared a provisional three-month ceasefire with the Taliban in a televised broadcast Sunday, a move welcomed by Washington…
Mail Online https://ift.tt/2wlDkRd Published:Aug.20:2018:

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(PHOENIX, Ariz.) Critical Incident Update – Officer Involved Shooting: Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) actively searching for a felony warrant suspect on Saturday in the area of 1500 West Sunland Avenue when they located him southeast of 1500 West Sunland Avenue he ran and was tasered but suspect drew his gun and and officer shot the suspect ending the threat #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: The suspect saw the officers and began to run from them towards West Sunland Avenue: The officers drove westbound on West Sunland Avenue and stopped just east of the intersection when they observed the suspect jump into the front yard of the residence on the northeast corner of 1500 West Sunland Avenue and then he jumped into the rear yard of the same residence #AceNewsDesk reports

One officer ran northbound through the alley just east of the residence and observed the suspect in the side yard of the residence located just north of the corner residence: The officer jumped into the side yard and observed the suspect attempting to force entry into the side door of the garage. The officer approached the suspect and deployed his Taser towards the suspect.

At that time, the suspect drew a hand gun from his front waistband: The officer shot the suspect, ending the threat. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene by the fire department…………………There were no injuries to officers.

Date/Time: August 18, 2018, approximately 4:44 p.m.
Location: 5400 South 15th Avenue
Officer: White Male, 42 years old, 10 years of service
Suspect: Hispanic male, 28 years old, deceased

Information Provided by:
Armando Carbajal, Sergeant
Phoenix Police Department
Public Affairs BureauRT @phoenixpolice:

Phoenix Police Report: https://t.co/N2IixZBm6p August 19, 2018 at 08:36AM

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(U.K.) NCA Report: The number of grenades seized from criminals trying to smuggle weapons into the country has soared, fuelling fears they could fall into the hands of terrorists according to Chris Farrimond, deputy director of investigations at the National Crime Agency, who added there are a number of grenades that are in criminal hands and have not been used #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: Police found 17 grenades on criminals between January and April this year, compared with 40 discovered over a four-year period between 2013 and 2017: The most recent seizures were in Sussex and Scotland where the devices – believed to be from the former Yugoslavia – were attached to the bottom of vehicles……………The largest haul included six grenades and 1.5kg of dynamite which were discovered by Police Scotland……………..The devices are usually smuggled over land on lorries and trailers after they arrive by ferry………..Although the number of grenades coming into the country is on the rise, the number of exploded devices remains very low, with an average of one a year between 2013 and 2017.Police fear there are several stashes of unused explosives in the country that are in criminal hands and may be sold to terrorists………………The devices have been used three times in buildings and once against a vehicle between 2013 and 2017 #AceNewsDesk reports

The grenades are believed to come from the former Yugoslavia

Chris Farrimond, deputy director of investigations at the National Crime Agency, said: “If we just work on the figures that we know about, the ones that have been recovered over the past four years and the ones that we know of that have been exploded, then somewhere, somehow in the UK there are a number of grenades that are in criminal hands and have not been used.

“They don’t get used very often but where they have we have fortunately seen them not used in crowded areas, but they’ve been used quite specifically against either buildings or a vehicles.

Not one of these was actually used against a person, they were used to create fear and or criminal damage. It was almost a warning device.” Mr Farrimond said it was possible the weapons, which cost between £250 and £750 on the street, could get into terrorist hands.

Mr Farrimond said: “The bottom line is that firearms do get offered up for sale and so then the question is how accessible is that criminal sale area to somebody who wants to create a terrorist offence of some type. “Of course we have a concern that they could fall into terrorist hands and they could be used in a particular way.”

Source: SkyNews: https://t.co/hjAgqN8Q0B Published: August 19, 2018 at 07:55AM

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(HOUSTON, Texas.) Court Report: Latest: A former Texas doctor Shafeeq Sheikh who was found guilty on Thursday of raping a heavily sedated patient will not serve time in prison for his crime after jurors on Friday recommended sentencing of 10-years probation and register as a sex offender #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: Shafeeq Sheikh, a former physician at Baylor College of Medicine, was sentenced to 10 years of probation on Friday and will have to register as a sex offender. A 12-person jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a patient five years prior, the Houston Chronicle reported: The jurors had recommended the sentencing, to which visiting Senior District Judge Terry L. Flenniken was required to follow by law, according to the newspaper……………..Sheikh was working the night shift at Houston’s Ben Taub Hospital in 2013 when a woman, previously identified as Laura, was admitted for shortness of breath and wheezing. She was in the hospital overnight and sedated when Sheikh came to her room several times during the night and sexually assaulted her #AceNewsDesk reports

Shafeeq Sheikh

The former Baylor doctor received 10 years probation for raping a patient in 2013 at Ben Taub Hospital. (Houston Police Department)

Laura said she attempted to get help from a nurse, but the call button wouldn’t work

DNA evidence was collected from a rape kit — but it took two years for charges to be filed against Sheikh. The DNA collected from the former doctor’s cheek swab match those in a rape kit……………………….Surveillance video also captured Sheikh on the floor where the woman’s room was located. He used his badge to swipe onto her floor at least 12 times that night.

“He sought her out. He chose her to prey on,” Assistant District Attorney Lauren Reeder said during Friday’s sentencing. “You know he’s the type of man who would go in multiple times, testing the waters, seeing how far he could go and get back to his normal business after that.”

“You know he’s the kind man of who walked around for two years before he was charged with this… knowing what he did,” she added…………………During the trial, the doctor admitted to the sexual contact with the woman, but insisted it was consensual. His lawyers also pleaded with the jury to show some compassion to Sheikh, his wife and children, who also suffered consequences due to the 46-year-old’s actions.

The dreams of a man, the childhood dream to become a doctor, were shattered by his conduct. He destroyed his own dreams,” Sheikh’s lawyer Stanley Schneider said. “What he has done to himself and his family is punishment. They are serving his sentence with him. His children are serving his sentence with him.”

Sheikh has since left the hospital. The Texas Medical Board revoked his license in 2015 after they found he was a “continuing threat to public welfare.”

Laura, now 32, said after the sentencing that she wanted to move on from the incident. She told KHOU11 in 2015 that she believes there are other victims.

Source: FOX News https://ift.tt/2L6nO0O

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(MADRID, Spain.) JUST IN: Spanish police said on Monday they had shot a man armed with a knife as he tried to attack a police station in the northeastern region of Catalonia early on Monday morning RTVE said he was an Algerian resident #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: Regional Mossos police said on Twitter the man had entered the police station in Cornella, near Barcelona, just before 0400 GMT “with the aim of attacking the officers” adding he had then been shot: A Mossos spokeswoman said she could not give any further information #AceNewsDesk reports

State broadcaster RTVE said the attacker was a 29-year-old Algerian resident in Cornella with Spanish identity documents, and had been killed by the gunshot:

Last Friday, Barcelona commemorated the first anniversary of an Islamist assault in which a young man drove a van down a busy central boulevard, killing 14 and injuring over 100 in Spain’s worst attack in more than a decade.

Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by Toby Chopra // Ace Newsroom LiveSpanish police shoot man trying to attack police station https://t.co/S31pInBr8t — Reuters World Published: Aug.20:2018:

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