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National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter has welcomed the decision by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to allow frontline Met officers access to spit and bite guards while policing the capital’s streets.
The government is ‘failing a generation’ as the murder rate for young people rockets and stabbing deaths reach the highest level on record.
New crime figures portray a country in the grip of a terrifying spiral of violence as an embattled police service struggles to cope, says the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) today.
To my surprise one of our books was recently returned by a reviewer saying, ‘Little point right now, books are not getting to prisoners’. She explained that they are either being refused or held up by security due to the ease with which drugs can be imprinted on paper, so that in many prisons they have been stopped or are being photocopied with inbuilt delay given other priorities. I’ve no way of knowing if this is true or how general, whether just a few establishments or a wider approach. My call to the Ministry of Justice Press Office elicited first a denial, then a maybe and finally a promise to investigate how widespread the problem is. They’ve not yet come back.