July 2017 / 271 posts found

Man charged following London acid attack – BBC News

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Related Topics Metropolitan Police Service Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40756281

Anti-crime poster with cartoon cat ‘less frightening’ – BBC News

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"We designed an experiment where we ran two campaigns - a very traditional campaign designed to change people's crime prevention behaviour versus our more experimental campaign and saw what results were and how they were different. "We tried to use humour and cartoons to change how memorable the messages were for members of the public. Image copyright UPSI Image caption The standard Metropolitan Police campaign ran alongside Upsi's #Copcat The "complicated" findings of the campaign are being written up and a way forward is being explored. "If we can get a campaign that's just as effective in getting people to [...]

Avon’s chief fire officer and deputy suspended – BBC News

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“At the moment these are only allegations which will be investigated in line with disciplinary procedures and processes.” ‘Illusory sacrifice’ The Home Office report accused Avon Fire Authority, which oversees the service, as being an “old boys club” and there was a perception that bullying and harassment was “endemic”. In relation to Mr Pearson, investigators found officials on the authority’s Special Purposes Committee (SPC) agreed a reduction in pay of 22% for him. But he was able to claim on his pension to cancel out the reduction, making the pay cut an “illusory sacrifice”. Mr Pearson took up his role […]

‘Last big parade’ for famous Gordon Highlanders regiment – BBC News

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'Last opportunity' He said: "Some people are concerned that this may be the last big gathering, I think of its size it will be. "Of course the regimental association has a number of branches scattered from Inverness to London, and those branches will continue to have reunions and gatherings on a smaller scale. "But everybody is getting a little bit older, and gathering everybody together for one big event where we are all still fit enough to march and enjoy the occasion and treat it with the dignity that such an occasion is due, it's really going to be the [...]

Northern cities and towns get vintage rail poster makeover – BBC News

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Image copyright Lemondrop/Getty Image caption The Cheshire town of Knutsford - which inspired Elizabeth Gaskell's novel Cranford - makes a quaint scene Artist Nicky Thompson, who designed the images, said the job had been "a total pleasure". Image caption Chester Zoo and Anderton Boat Lift - known as the Cathedral of the Canals - also feature He added: "What is unarguable is that they were highly effective in creating an aspirational sense of adventure that drew city-dwellers to explore the countryside." Image caption While other posters show current scenes, the designer couldn't resist depicting a steam train on the Stockport [...]

Passchendaele: The death of Jimmy Morgan and his mouth organ – BBC News

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Image caption Willie Brough was said to be the original Jimmy Morgan in the popular poem The poet changed the name of the man behind the mouth organ to Jimmy Morgan to help his verse rhyme but always acknowledged that the best player in the battalion was Willie Brough. The newspaper account says the Black Watch soldier had displayed a "perfect genius" for the mouth organ since boyhood and that he "cheered his comrades in billet and in battle". It says he lightened "many a weary and trying hour" with his music, especially Scottish tunes, reminding the troops of home. [...]

Gay rights 50 years on: 10 ways in which the UK has changed – BBC News

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But a steady and rapid rise from the early 1990s reflects a wider trend of social liberalisation, something also seen in changing attitudes to pre-marital sex. 50,000 gay sex-related convictions Source: Home Office Getty The Home Office estimates that there were about 50,000 such offences recorded on the system from the 1950s until 2000. But of these 50,000, only an estimated 16,000 are for people who are still living and so able to apply. Not all of the 16,000 offences are eligible to be "disregarded". They include some where the activity was non-consensual, with a person under 16 years of [...]

Cricket’s summer song making a comeback – BBC News

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"It's just a brilliant noise. It's like summer translated into sound - it's fantastic." Silent summer The song of the field cricket was once a familiar soundtrack on the heaths and grasslands of south east England. However, the sound has fallen silent in many parts of the country. The 18th Century naturalist, Gilbert White, wrote of "field-crickets shrill on the verge of the forest" in his diaries. Image caption The crickets can only walk or hop. They don't travel far from their burrows. The male's courtship song is made up of normal chirps or trills alternating with high-pitched chirps given [...]

Bristol teacher’s end-of-term gift – the sweetest present ever? – BBC News

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Image copyright Rob Hathway Image caption What a treat to 'flake out' on a beach 'I'll miss you lots like JELLY TOTS. Your one in a MILLION.' Rob Hathway, who has been teaching Year 6 pupils at Watermore Primary School in Frampton Cotterell, Bristol, told the BBC he was sad to see his pupils leave but this present will be a treasured reminder of them. "I was so grateful for teaching such a lovely class.

Brexit transition: Is cabinet fully on board? – BBC News

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While technically the UK would leave the single market and customs union, initially at least extremely similar arrangements would be put in place while a final free trade deal was completed. Then there would be a period where the new arrangements would be phased in. That is why he uses phrases such as "transitional phase" or "transitional period". And on the record, he has said he wants to ensure things feel like "business as usual" to the British people, the day after the UK leaves. Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Davis is more confident about clinching an early EU [...]