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Police Scotland also experiencing 101 difficulties

Scottish police are also experiencing problems with the forces non-emergency 101 number.

Police Scotland's official twitter account posted:

Police: Do not ring 999 unless it is an emergency

The Metropolitan Police have urged the public not to dial 999 while they cannot get through to the 101 non-emergency line.

The Met have posted details of how to contact them on their Twitter feed, as have various other police forces around the country.

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NHS 111 phone line also down due to technical fault

The NHS 111 helpline is currently down due to a technical problem.

Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group, which runs NHS services in Essex, has tweeted advising people to call 0300 0200 155 for non-urgent health advice.

People with concerns can also visit the NHS Choices website.

Police services say 101 line is down

The 101 emergency phone line is not working due to a technical fault, police forces around the country are reporting.

At least nine different police forces have now tweeted that the line is down.

Humberside Police said the fault lay with "some kit in Birmingham" which is "being worked on".

Watchdog to examine police handling of CEOP intelligence

IPCC deputy chair Sarah Green said it will examine how three police forces handled intelligence given to them by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP):

There is rightly considerable public concern about how police forces deal with sexual offences involving children.

The IPCC takes this issue seriously and proactively contacted all forces and asked them to review their handling of intelligence to determine the scale of any issues.

Our investigations will examine carefully how intelligence from CEOP was dealt with by these three forces.

– Sarah Green, IPCC

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Girl, 7, injured after police shooting incident on school trip

A seven-year-old girl has been injured after police accidentally shot a firearm during a school visit to the Nottingham Police HQ.

Nottingham Police said the child suffered a cut lip following the incident on Thursday, October 30, although police are still investigating the cause.

The gun went off at the end of a brief talk with firearms officers and one of them is now not on duty.

Lack of training poses threat to end of police cautions

The Police Federation has warned that a lack of training could hamper the pilot scheme to scrap police cautions.

If the pilot proves to increase confidence and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, it will be beneficial for everyone.

It should be noted however that lack of sufficient training in this area may pose a threat to its potential success. The most effective way to prevent crime is to have a well-funded and highly trained police service that is visible and readily available in communities.

It must be acknowledged that due to austerity measures, policing is under significant strain and is struggling to provide effective support to victims and witnesses, as was highlighted by last week’s National Detectives Survey.

This fundamentally undermines confidence in the criminal justice system and must be addressed in order to allow for the potential positive change this pilot could provide.

– Police Federation
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