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The Special Constabulary is the United Kingdom's part-time police force. It is made up of volunteer members of the public who when on duty wear a uniform and have full police powers. There are nearly 20,000 Specials serving with police forces across the UK, working in all aspects of policing.

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BBC: Ant McPartlin held over drink-driving after collision

Ant McPartlin held over drink-driving after collision 18 March 2018 Image copyright Getty Images TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a collision involving three vehicles in south-west London. The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to Lower Richmond Road in Mortlake at 15:59 GMT. The ambulance service and London Fire Brigade also attended and a number of people were treated for minor injuries. Police said a 42-year-old man was arrested at the scene after failing a roadside breathalyser test. He has been taken to a south London police station for questioning. A child passenger in one of the cars was taken to hospital for a check up as a precaution, the Met added. Ant McPartlin co-hosts several ITV shows with Declan Donnelly, including Britain's Got Talent, I'm A Celebrity and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. View the full article

BBC: Two women shot dead at house in St Leonards

Two women shot dead at house in St Leonards 17 March 2018 Image caption The shooting prompted a large police response Two women have been shot dead at a house in East Sussex, police have said. Armed officers responded to reports of a shooting in Bexhill Road, St Leonards, at 19:43 GMT on Friday. Sussex Police said two women, aged 32 and 53, had been shot dead, while two more - one pregnant - were led to safety from the house by firearms officers. They were both uninjured. Two hours later, a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and a firearm was seized. Det Ch Supt Jason Tingley said: "Tragically two women aged 32 and 53 have died after being shot and our thoughts are with their family and friends. "We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident but we are appealing for any witnesses to come forward." Police said the women were known to the arrested man. Skip Twitter post by @bbcsoutheast Report End of Twitter post by @bbcsoutheast The shooting prompted a large police response, with witnesses reporting a number of police vehicles and the force helicopter in the area. The road was closed and police advised the public to stay indoors. Skip Twitter post by @brightonsnapper Report End of Twitter post by @brightonsnapper View the full article

BBC: Iraqi teenager convicted over Tube bomb

16 March 2018 A teenager who showed warning signs to authorities that he could carry out a terrorist attack has been found guilty of 2017's Parsons Green Tube bombing. Ahmed Hassan's bomb injured 30 commuters on a London Underground train on 15 September 2017. A jury at the Old Bailey took just a day to find the 18-year-old, from Surrey, guilty of attempted murder. The Iraqi teenager had been referred to the government's deradicalisation programme prior to the attack. Hassan, who arrived in the UK as a child asylum seeker, claimed to immigration officials that he had been groomed by the Islamic State group. The Iraqi fantasist who wanted attention The BBC understands that while a local official from the government's Prevent counter-extremism programme was brought in to look at his case in early 2016, Hassan did not receive any deradicalisation support for months. He was eventually referred to specialists to try to change his mindset - and he had not been given the all-clear by the time he carried out the attack. View the full article

Met Police goes zero-emission with fleet of Toyota Mirai hydrogen cars

Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Met Police have taken the first delivery of 11 new hydrogen powered electric fuel cars. Full details and photos are here: Sunday Times: Motoring Research are reporting on it here: Toyota are reporting on it on their blog here:

BBC: 200 witnesses in Russian ex-spy poisoning

10 March 2018 More than 200 witnesses identified as police investigate Russian ex-spy poisoning "at speed", home secretary says This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article

Former Scotland Yard poster girl sues IPCC for £144,000 | Daily Mail Online Former Scotland Yard poster girl who won £37,000 racism payout from the Met now sues the watchdog she joined to clean up the police for £144,000 - accusing it of being 'institutionally racist and corrupt'

BBC: Russian spy: Police name officer injured in attack

Russian spy: Police name officer injured in attack 8 March 2018 Related TopicsRussian spy poisoning Image copyright Sailsbury Journal/Getty Images Image caption Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey is stable after intensive care treatment following the incident The officer injured in the nerve agent attack has been named by police as Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. The officer, 38, who was in intensive care following the incident, is now "stable and conscious", Wiltshire's chief constable Keir Pritchard said. Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, are still critically ill after being found collapsed on a bench in Salisbury on Sunday. Mr Pritchard said Det Sgt Bailey was sitting up and talking in hospital. "I very much hope Nick will be on his feet back at work very soon," he told the BBC. "We desperately miss him." Counter-terrorism officers are working to find the origin of the nerve agent. Earlier, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter using a nerve agent was a "brazen and reckless" act. Russian spy: What we know so far What are nerve agents? State TV anchor warns 'traitors' Meanwhile, a doctor who was one of the first people on the scene has described how she found Ms Skripal slumped unconscious on a bench, vomiting and fitting. She had also lost control of her bodily functions. The woman, who asked not to be named, told the BBC she moved Ms Skripal into the recovery position and opened her airway, as others tended to her father. She said she treated her for almost 30 minutes, saying there was no sign of any chemical agent on Ms Skripal's face or body. The doctor said she had been worried she would be affected by the nerve agent, but added that she "feels fine". View the full article

Liverpool Echo: How you could LOSE your driving licence - just for paying for your drive-thru meal

Many drivers are breaking the law without even realising There's a poll on our Twitter feed on the same subject:

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