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<b>Wednesday 25 November:</b> Terror raids criticised, ID cards up and running in Greater Manchester, and police officer with 'unhealthy interest' in red light district

Published on November 25th 2009.

POLICE FORCES WERE CRITICISED IN A REPORT ON TERROR RAIDS which saw 12 suspects swooped on in coordinated raids across the North West in April. The Home Office-commissioned report said the police forces involved should have known more about arrest laws and worked more closely with the CPS. Greater Manchester Police, which manages the North West Counter Terror Unit, said, 'In this situation we felt we had to act to protect the public.'

A PC WITH AN “UNHEALTHY INTEREST” IN A RED LIGHT DISTRICT has been given a conditional discharge. Robert Bowen, 45, who was a traffic officer, ignored an emergency call and instead visited a red light district, Warrington Crown Court heard. Bowen admitted one count of misconduct in public office, and has left his 26-year career with Greater Manchester Police.

ID CARDS ARE UP AND RUNNING in Greater Manchester, a new watchdog has told MPs. Sir Joseph Pilling said 538 people were on the database last week; all except one were UK nationals. Greater Manchester is the first area to have the ID cards, which contain personal details including fingerprints and facial scans. The Conservatives have said they will scrap the scheme if they win power.

CORRIE STAR MICHELLE KEEGAN WILL TURN ROCK CHICK for a night to raise money for charity. Alongside other cast members, Keegan will don spike-heeled ankle boots and a Flying V guitar in aide of Blesma and Macmillan Cancer Support at the Charity Celebrity Rockaoke Night in Moho Live on 8 December.

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snNovember 25th 2009.

wrt the terror raids, weren't they the ones launched after some snapper caught a senior Met guy down in that Ldn off for a meeting and photographed him holding papers that clearly mentioned some pertinent details, thus making the police feel they had to show their hand far earlier than was ideal? so basically one bigwig cocks up and a load of forces get a ticking off. i may be getting mixed up and are not implying it's wrong to criticise the police on such issues.

DescartesNovember 25th 2009.

Ah indeed, he really should be more specific.

snNovember 25th 2009.

whilst we're at it, could the chief of GMP stop making unhelpful comments about rough sleepers please?@Descartes, yes it is a worry, i imagine the Home Office meant wrt anti-terror legislation specifically, which is obv a bit of a minefield.

snNovember 25th 2009.

@Descartes, you might find this piece interesting, the writer is a very sensible brockley.blogspot.com/…/s-of-lucozade-plot.html…

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