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Vera Baird: Government must think about police cuts in wake of terror attacks

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria has called for adequate police funding to tackle terrorism in the wake of recent attacks in Paris, Brussels and Mali in what she calls a 'major and increasing focus' for the police.

Speaking from the association of Police and Crime Commissioners summit in Manchester, she is one of many PCCs that have written to the Home Secretary calling on her to halt further cuts.

There is no doubt about it - further cuts to our budget will impact on neighbourhood policing. Today, I have just listened to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner telling the conference that neighbourhood police are 'the eyes and ears' of counter terrorism, 'a vital link' in our security coverage.

The message from police and crime commissioners to the Home Secretary is loud and clear - we need officers on the frontline gathering intelligence and keeping our communities safe.

While I am committed to making best use of resources - enough is enough - community safety must be our priority."

– Vera Baird, PCC Northumbria Police
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River searches for missing Rory Johnson postponed

North Yorkshire Police say that searches in York's River Ouse for missing man Rory Johnson have been postponed for today.

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The Regional Underwater Search Team based at Humberside Police have made a safety assessment of the river this morning.

Due to adverse weather conditions and the current level of the river, it has been decided that the river is not safe enough for searches to resume today.

An assessment will be made again tomorrow morning by the Underwater Search Team, to determine whether it is safe for searches to go ahead.

Rory's family have been made aware and are being supported by specialist police officers.


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2500 households still without water supplies in Pocklington

Around 2,500 households are still without water supplies in Pocklington due to a burst water main.

Bottled water is being handed out Credit: ITV News

Engineers are working to fix the pipe which is under a field. Residents are bring given bottled water from collection points in the town.

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We sincerely apologise to the customers in Pocklington and some surrounding areas who have been left without water for many hours. We want to reassure local people that we are doing everything we can to restore supplies as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, official bottled water collection points have now been established at The Oval (Pocklington) and Pocklington Fire Station to help us manage proceedings. We would urge people to use the bottled water supplies sparingly, as it is not known how long it may take to repair the burst main. Fresh supplies of bottled water will be arriving at these sites at approximately 11am and will be replenished throughout the day. Vulnerable customers are being contacted directly with bottled water being delivered directly to their homes.

– Yorkshire Water
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Schools closed in Pocklington due to problems with water supply

At least two schools in Pocklington are closed this morning due to problems with the water supply.

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Woldgate School and Pocklington Infant School have apologised for the disruption caused to students.

It comes after more than 5,000 people in the East Yorkshire town were left without water overnight. There were also problems in North Yorkshire postcodes.

Yorkshire Water, which handed out bottled water, said the problem had been caused by a burst water main which was proving 'very difficult to locate.'

We sincerely apologise to the approximately 5,000 customers in Pocklington and some surrounding areas who have been left without water for many hours. We want to reassure local people that we are doing everything we can to restore supplies as quickly as possible.

– Yorkshire Water
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People in YO42 and surrounding area without water

Yorkshire Water is arranging to drop off pallets of water, after people in North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire were left without water today.

People living in the postcodes Y041 (Stamford Bridge), Y042 (Pocklington) and YO43 (Market Weighton) have been affected by a burst pipe.

Yorkshire Water says the service is unlikely to be restored before midnight.

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