Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
In a shocking interview, Deputy Assistant commissioner Bas Javid spoke about the racism issue that lies within the Metropolitan Police. While denying that it is a “racist organisation”, he did confirm that it is getting worse, especially when it was alleged that a supervisor used a racist slur against him.
The brother of Health Secretary Sajid Javid is “extremely disappointed” to hear the issues brought to his attention which include claims that the police force is inadequately dealing with the complaints. Of course, this follows after the resignation of Cressida Dick resigned due to Sadiq Khan expressing his dissatisfaction to the scale of cultural change required.
Have you ever met a celebrity when out and about? Well, Jane thought she saw radio DJ Greg James on the train back from Scotland so thought to double check with her daughter, Colleen who then tweeted the presenter saying: “My mum think she’s sat next to you on a train from Edinburgh right now so if you could confirm that would be amazing, her name is Jane and she’s just had a white wine and says you are on red”.
Greg then films himself asking if the woman is indeed Jane which she confirms with a confused look in her face. Greg James than shows his laptop screen with the tweet in question and she laughed, and they got a selfie together! What a bizarre way to meet someone famous!
This story shows policing done the right way, as a victim had contacted the wrong Durham police force. The victim contacted the Durham police force in the UK, rather than her local police force in Durham, Canada. The call handler kept the online chat open while he contacted the regional Canadian force based in Ontario. Officers were sent to the scene in a town called Ajax and a 35-year-old man was arrested within half-an-hour of the cross Atlantic call for help.
Inspector Andrea Arthur, head of the force control room, said: “The team remained calm and managed to help our Canadian colleagues resolve the situation quickly and professionally. If we can assist in rescuing a vulnerable victim in immediate danger, regardless of where they live, we will do all we can to help. In this case, we’re glad to learn there has been an arrest and, more importantly, the victim is out of danger and receiving the help she needs”.