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Exclusive: Bike thefts in Durham reach five year high

Durham Constabulary is urging people to register their cycles

More bike thefts were reported to police in County Durham last year than at any time for half a decade, according to figures seen exclusively by The Bubble.

1631 cycles were reported stolen in 2013, 289 more than in 2012.

1544 thefts were logged in 2011, 1308 in 2010, and 1516 in 2009.

The totals were released by Durham Constabulary after a freedom of information request.

Bike theft has been on the minds of local police recently after the Chief Constable, Mike Barton, had his £650 hybrid stolen.

It was recovered …

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0 comments | Tags: Durham Constabulary, police, crime, Durham

Durham Constabulary named ‘top performing police force’.

Durham Constabulary’s Durham Police Station

Durham Constabulary has been graded as the top performing police force in the country at tackling crime, showing just why Durham is among the safest university cities in the country.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC) first Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales, known as the PEEL Report, assessed each force in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. The evidence from inspections, together with the context within which forces operate, allowed HMIC to make an assessment of each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

Durham Constabulary is responsible for the …

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1 comment | Tags: Durham, police, Peel Report, assessment, top performing, crime, Durham Constabulary, Police and Crime Commissioner, report

Human Life Trumps Everything

Human life trumps everything, unless…

Human life trumps everything, according to a recent statement by St Louis county police chief, Jon Belmar. It’s a belief we hope all members of law enforcement share. We want to believe that fatal shootings by police officers are only ever an extreme last resort. We want our police officers to believe that human life trumps everything and to work wholeheartedly towards protecting and preserving it.

Yet events in Ferguson, Missouri, have shown us that Belmar’s declaration requires a quantifier: human life trumps everything, unless you’re a black boy gunned down by a …

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0 comments | Tags: shoplifting, police, opinion, racism, Injustice, Ferguson, crime, politics

Local cop’s latest weapon: a killer walking stick

Chief Insp Milne, who co-ordinated the amnesty, holds a walking stick capable of firing a round. It was supposedly used to kill dangerous snakes

A walking stick that can fire bullets, a pistol from World War One and a muzzle-loading shotgun are among Durham Constabulary’s most recent weapons acquisitions.

But thankfully they are not intended for police use, but were handed in by members of the public during a week-long amnesty in County Durham.

From 8 to 16 November, anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or replica gun at a police station was spared prosecution for illegal possession. The amnesty …

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0 comments | Tags: firearms, Durham Constabulary, guns, police, crime, Durham

Curlew Man Vs Phantom Rah, Part 1 of 3

A Durham Comic

A mysterious thieving rah is targeting Durham’s wealthy. Can a Yorkshire superhero with the powers of a curlew, a large wading bird of the sandpiper family, with a long down-curved bill, pick apart the mystery? Click centre of image for next panel, second part coming next week!

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0 comments | Tags: Curlew, crime, superhero, Durham, comics

Literary Inspirations: Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the best-known crime writer in the English language

For Agatha Christie to be given the title of ‘Queen of Mystery’ by the end of her career not only verifies her prowess as an author, but surely makes her worthy of being deemed a literary hero.

It would be fair to say that when discussing the crime and mystery genre, it is impossible to not mention Agatha Christie. Her name is intrinsically linked to the genre, and alongside the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, her style has become a paradigm for future authors writing detective novels. Selling …

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0 comments | Tags: Agatha Christie, Poirot, orient express, murder mystery, crime, thriller, Doctor Who, the secret adversary, n or m, evil under the sun, detective, inspiration, world-renowned, the murder of roger ackroyd, whodunnit

Criminology students to be lectured at Her Majesty’s pleasure

HMP Durham, located in Old Elvet

Durham students will be taught criminology classes alongside offenders at two top security County Durham prisons in an initiative starting today (Wednesday 29 October).

This is not a punishment for stealing library books or previous indiscretions at Klute, but Europe’s first prisoner exchange programme, taking place at HMP Durham and HMP Frankland.

Inspired by the ‘Inside-Out’ programme developed by Temple University in Philadelphia – which has taught over 20,000 students – the project aims to break down prejudices and provide ‘outside’ and ‘inside’ students with a unique opportunity to study together behind the prison …

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0 comments | Tags: social sciences, criminology, criminals, @HMP Frankland, HMP Durham, rehabilitation, Justice, Education & Welfare, crime, studying, students, prisoners, education, Durham University

Life should be life, no matter who you kill

Does murder become a lesser crime when the victim is not a police officer?

In the penultimate week of July the Daily Mail, in its typically calm and restrained manner, branded two former Met Commissioners as traitors to ‘police heroes’ for opposing changes to the way murderers of police officers are sentenced. The former commissioners, Lords Condon and Blair, had raised objections to the proposed Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. Currently in committee stage in the House of Lords, whereby peers can suggest amendments, the bill aims to raise the starting point for police murderers’ sentences to whole life. No …

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1 comment | Tags: Police Reform and Society Bill, politics, crime, prison, murder, dystopia

The Appeal of Crime

Britain has long been captivated by the crime genre

How many crime novels have you read in recent years? If you’re anything like me, the answer is not many; but recently I was persuaded to pick up the habit again thanks to JK Rowling’s The Silkworm, and was reintroduced to the genre as a whole. It’s fantastic! The British, it seems, can’t get enough of crime fiction – from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Agatha Christie, even the creation of the television cannot stop its relentless march. As my brother repeatedly informs me (normally with a rolled eye or …

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0 comments | Tags: Crime fiction, crime, J. K. Rowling, Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie, Dan Brown, Gillian Flynn, literature, books, novels, Robert Galbraith, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock, Poirot, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, detective, investigation

Police investigating Durham sex attack release images of “key witness”

A potential witness of the
sexual assault (image 1)

Police investigating a sexual assault on a young woman in Durham City last week have released images of a potential witness they are hoping to trace.

Detective Inspector Traci McNally, who is leading the investigation, said: “As part of this investigation I am keen to identify the man shown on the CCTV images.

“This is in order for him to be eliminated from our inquiries.

“Since the incident last week my team have been pursuing a number of lines of inquiry and the investigation is very much ongoing.”

A potential witness

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1 comment | Tags: sexual assault, police, crime, Durham
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