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Policing minister 'We'll drive drugs menace off the road'

Policing minister 'We'll drive drugs menace off the road'. Credit: PA

The policing minister has said new plans to test drivers for drugs will "drive this menace off the road".

This is something that has plagued society for far too long.

People will have exactly the same view of drug-driving as they do of drink-driving: it is an abhorrent thing to do.

Not only do you put your own life at risk, but you put innocent people's lives at risk.

We will drive this menace off the road.

– Policing minister Mike Penning

Police to test drivers with 'drugalyser' kits

The Christmas and New Year holiday season will see drivers stopped by police and tested for drugs by the side of the road in a war on drug-driving.

The Telegraph has reported that the Home Office approved roadside testing kits that will analyse samples of saliva instantly to detect illegal substances as well as so-called "legal highs".

Police to test drivers with 'drugalyser' kits. Credit: PA

It said that police officers will also use the kits to catch drivers who have taken prescription medicines like strong painkillers, sleeping pills and drugs to treat anxiety, that can hinder concentration on the road.

It has been reported that ministers will order police to carry the "drugalyser" kits alongside conventional "breathalysers", which test motorists for alcohol consumption.

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Hunt 'categorically' denies ambulance waiting time story

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has emphatically rejected reports that the NHS is planning to double ambulance target times for patients with non life-threatening injuries.

'Superman' arrested after aiming punch at police officer

Police have arrested a Superman lookalike for throwing a punch at an officer - and not a very good one at that.

In the early hours, police in Durham announced they had arrested a 29-year-old man dressed in a cape in the city centre.

Writing on the Durham City Police Facebook page, an officer said: "Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

"No, it's Superman in handcuffs with his hands behind his back being loaded into a police van!

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Ambulance target times for some patients 'could double'

Ambulance times for some patients could go up significantly. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The target times for ambulances to reach some patients could double from eight to 19 minutes, according to reports.

A leaked NHS document suggests the change for patients in the 'Red 2' category, meaning their condition is "serious but not the most life-threatening".

The Mail on Sunday reports that the proposals have been agreed by NHS England bosses "in principle", but that changes would only happen after May's general election.

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Shooting suspect posted about attacking 'pigs'

The man suspected of shooting dead two New York police officers yesterday posted a message on his Instagram account before the incident warning of his plans.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley posted: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," using the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown.

New York police chief Bill Bratton said that Brinsley shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend earlier in the city Baltimore and made posts from her Instagram account.

The shooting happened hours after his "pigs" post, around the time that Mr Bratton said New York police were receiving a warning fax from the authorities in Baltimore.

Semi-automatic pistol recovered on New York subway

A silver Semi-automatic pistol has been recovered on a New York subway, the New York Police department said.

Semi-automatic pistol recovered on New York. Credit: NYPD

It's sometime difficult to find the words to speak to events like those that occurred today, to try and make sense of them. But, we'll try.

While sitting in a marked NYPD police car, in full uniform, both were ambushed and murdered in front of 98 Tompkins Avenue in the Bedford Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York City.

– Police Commissioner William J. Bratton

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton wrote in a blog that two of New York's finest were shot and killed "with no warning, no provocation".

Obama briefed on shootings of two New York police

A White House official has said that Barack Obama was briefed on the fatal shootings of two New York police officers.

Obama has been briefed on the shootings of two New York police officers. Credit: PA

The US President was informed of the shootings while playing golf in Kailua, Hawaii, where he is vacationing for two weeks with his family.

White House staff are continuing to monitor the situation, the official said.

Barack Obama condemns shooting of NYPD officers

Police officers line the route as vehicles containing the bodies of the two New York Police officers who were shot dead drive by in the Brooklyn borough of New York drive by. Credit: Reuters/Stephanie Keith

President Barack Obama has said that he unconditionally condemned the murder of twopolice officers in New York City on Saturday, adding in a statement that police officers "deserve our respect and gratitude every single day."

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