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Parole Board confirm release of police killer Roberts

The Parole Board has confirmed that a panel has directed the release of Harry Roberts, but declined to reveal when the convicted police killer would leave prison.

Police groups have reacted furiously to the decision.

We can confirm that a three-member panel of the board has directed the release of Harry Roberts.

The decision to release is a matter for the board, which is independent - arrangements and the date of the release are a matter for the Secretary of State for Justice.

We are unable to comment further on the details of this case.

– Parole Board

Met Federation: Release a total betrayal of policing

The chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation said the imminent release of convicted killer Harry Roberts is a "total betrayal of policing by the criminal justice system".

Hundreds lined the streets to pay tribute to the police officers killed in 1966. Credit: PA Wire

Roberts, who was jailed for life for the murder of three unarmed policemen in 1966, could leave prison within days following the Parole Board's decision.

Reacting to news of Roberts' impending release, John Tully tweeted: "A total betrayal of policing by the criminal justice system.

"This man should never see the light of day again, life should mean life."

Dash-cam video appears to show Ottawa 'shooter'

Video from a car's dashboard camera apparently shows the gunman in the Ottawa shooting leaving the Canadian National War Memorial and getting into a vehicle.

In the footage, the car has no rear license plate and the man seems to be carrying a long dark object that could be a firearm.

According to Canadian broadcaster CBC, the timestamp on the clip corresponds to the time police began to receive emergency calls about an incident in the area.

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How would workplace weigh-loss schemes work?

Today's five-year plan for the future of the NHS in England calls for employers to encourage workers to lose weight through incentive schemes.

  • Schemes would be voluntary for employees
  • Workers could get shopping vouchers, cash or other prizes for the pounds they shed
  • NHS England would "challenge" employers to offer schemes, rather than funding them itself
  • NHS would run its own staff weight-loss scheme to "set a national example"

Police: Roberts release a 'slap in face' to victims' families

The decision to release Harry Roberts is a "slap in the face" for the families of his victims, the head of the police federation said.

In a statement to ITV News, Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said he was "appalled" by the Parole Board's ruling, adding that officers felt "badly let down".

I am appalled to learn that police killer, Harry Roberts, is being released from prison.

Let’s not forget, this menace murdered three unarmed police officers in cold blood and it is abhorrent news.

This decision by the parole board is a slap in the face for the families of the three police officers he brutally murdered who, once again, are forced to re-live their pain and loss.

It will spark fury among everyone in the police family who will feel badly let down.

This is a betrayal of the police officers who died.

– Steve White

Report calls for cash prizes for employees who lose weight

Employees in England could be rewarded with cash or shopping vouchers for losing weight under NHS-backed plans to tackle the obesity crisis.

Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said workplace health schemes had become a "blind spot" in the healthcare system:

The principal point is that employers in many countries have developed voluntary schemes for their employees whereby for example you actually get cash back based on participation in Weight Watchers or other type schemes.

– Simon Stevens, chief executive, NHS England

Roberts opened fire on unarmed officers in 'heinous crime'

Harry Roberts opened fire on three unarmed police officers after they pulled over his van ahead of an armed robbery near Wormwood Scrubs Prison in 1966.

The three London police officers shot and killed: PC Geoffrey Roger Fox, Detective Constable David Stanley Bertram Wombwell and Detective Sargent Christopher Tippet Head. Credit: PA Wire

The murders of PC Geoffrey Roger Fox, 41, Detective Constable David Stanley Bertram Wombwell, 30, and Detective Sargent Christopher Tippet Head, 25 shocked the nation.

Roberts went on the the run for more than 90 days and was eventually found in Hertfordshire following a huge manhunt.

The judge who jailed Roberts described it was "the most heinous crime for a generation or more", and warned that he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

But Roberts, now 78, could be released within days after approval by the Parole Board.

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