A group calling itself the IRA has claimed responsibility for suspect packages sent to armed forces recruitment centres last week. Scotland Yard said a group using a recognised codeword had contacted a media outlet in Northern Ireland on Saturday.
Four suspected explosive devices were discovered at Army careers offices in Oxford, Brighton, Canterbury and the Queensmere shopping centre in Slough last Thursday.
Counter-terrorism police are investigating reports of a suspect package being found at an army careers office in Slough. Packages were also found at Oxford and Brighton. Similar packages were found yesterday in Aldershot, Reading and Chatham.
Ministry of Defence bomb disposal units have been called which is routine with any suspect package. Detective Superintendent Stan Gilmour, of the south east counter terrorism unit, said:
"Because suspicious packages were found at various locations yesterday, notes were sent out to all the army careers offices, as well as the Post Office, asking staff to be extra vigilant and look out for any suspect packages."
The Care Quality Commission is calling for an urgent review of care at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough. It's told the Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that urgent improvements need to be made to protect patients.
CQC has issued six formal warning notices to the trust following an unannounced inspection at which it failed to meet eight of the nine national standards which were reviewed.
Inspectors found that:
On the Acute Medical Ward care given to patients was below standard on a number of occasions
Patient's dignity and privacy was not always respected
There were poor standards of cleanliness and inadequate infection control in some parts of the hospital.
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A 12-year-old boy has died after jumping into a river.
Police were called to reports that a boy had got into trouble in the Jubilee River in Wood Lane, Cippenham in Slough, at about 8pm yesterday. A full search was launched, but his body was discovered just after midnight, Thames Valley Police said.
Detective Sergeant Lucy Deane said:
"Our thoughts go out to the family of this young boy, who has become the victim of what appears to be a tragic accident. The incident is being thoroughly investigated, but we do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances at this time.
"I also would like to emphasise that although it might be tempting to jump in the river when the weather is warm, there are often hidden dangers under the water and so we would advise against doing so."