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UK to Observe Minute’s Silence for Victims of Grenfell Tower Fire

The United Kingdom will observe a minute’s silence at 11am on Monday 19 June in remembrance of those who lost their lives and all those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.

The silence will be marked at all Government buildings and other organisations may follow suit.

On Friday, the Prime Minister met with survivors, residents, volunteers and community leaders where she set out a comprehensive package of support for victims of the tragedy.

This includes:

  • A commitment that victims who lost their homes be rehoused within a maximum of three weeks;
  • A £5 million Grenfell Tower Residents’ Discretionary Fund, made immediately available; and
  • A guarantee to rehouse people as close as practically possible to where they previously lived.

Following the second meeting of the Grenfell Tower Recovery Taskforce, chaired by the Prime Minister, the Government is today announcing further measures to support those who lost loved ones and members of the emergency services:

  • Providing an additional £1.5m to pay for mental health support to the Emergency Services through Mind’s Blue Light Programme, including to ensure those involved in the response to the Grenfell Tower fire are able to receive targeted support should they need it; and
  • Ensuring there is tailored bereavement support for the families of those who have lost loved ones, those who have family members still missing or have been affected by the tragedy.  We will offer each family support from their own named mental health practitioner, in addition to the support they receive from the police Family Liaison Officers.

Prime Minister Theresa May said, “The residents of Grenfell Tower, families who have lost loved ones, and the emergency services who have been working so hard to help them have been through some of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences imaginable.  As we do everything we can to help them, we will make sure they have the counselling and emotional support they need in the difficult days, weeks and years ahead.”

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt said, “What we have witnessed at Grenfell is truly horrific and my thoughts are with all those affected by this terrible tragedy.  We are ready to do everything we can to help, which is why the NHS will be offering specialist bereavement support to all of the bereaved families.

“I would like to pay tribute to our heroic emergency services for their response – particularly those NHS staff who once again have gone above and beyond in order to provide outstanding, compassionate care.”

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said, “This funding enables us to extend and expand Mind’s Blue Light Programme so that we can continue to support and reach more people who work in the emergency services.  As recent terrible events in London and Manchester have brought to light, Blue Light workers do an extremely challenging job, encountering difficult and traumatic situations.

“That’s why it’s so important that comprehensive, ongoing mental health support is available in the short and long-term.”

If a family is in need of extra psychological support, or if a Family Liaison Officer believes that they are and obtains the agreement of the family, the bereavement pathway announced today will provide a named NHS mental-health practitioner to provide that specific support.

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UK to Observe Minute’s Silence on Tuesday 6 June

The Government has announced the UK will observe a minute’s silence on Tuesday 6 June 2017 at 11am in remembrance of those who lost their lives and all others affected by the attacks in London on Saturday night.

The silence will be marked at all government buildings and other organisations may follow suit.

Flags will remain at half-mast on Whitehall government buildings until Tuesday evening.

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Sir Roger Moore – 40 Great James Bond Quotes

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RIP Sir Roger Moore

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We Stand with Manchester

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Security Level Raised to Critical: Keeping Staffordshire’s Communities Safe and Reassured

Following the announcement last night (Tuesday May 23rd) by the Prime Minster Theresa May to raise the national security level to Critical, Staffordshire Police want to reassure their communities that they are working hard to keep us safe.

Moving to the Critical level means the Police will be increasing the presence of both armed and unarmed police officers at popular locations including tourist spots, transport hubs and busy town centres across Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Police will also be reviewing key events over the coming days and weeks and providing security advice where practical.  These are precautionary measures that aim to keep you feeling safe and reassured whilst not affecting your daily life.

Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said, “Our first priority is ensuring the safety of our local communities, so we will be working closely with community partners and key stakeholders to inform them of our plans and provide support where it is needed.

“Officers train for and rehearse situations like these on a regular basis and a plan is in place to provide reassurance to local communities across the country.

“As a precautionary measure, you will see more police officers on the streets of Staffordshire in the coming days.  Please do not be alarmed, this highly visible approach is there to ensure you feel safe and reassured as we assist with the wider response to the tragic and horrific events of this week.

“Please remember acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the general public.  We must respond to this attack by uniting with members of our community to demonstrate that we do not welcome extremist and violent behaviour to intimidate or cause fear.”

Chief Constable Sawyers added, “We continue to work closely with our Regional Counter Terrorism Unit and the National Security Service to do everything possible to prevent further attacks.

“At this time we continue to ask the public to remain calm but alert.  If you see anything that causes you concern, then let us know immediately.  I’m sure you can appreciate it is an extremely busy time for our control room, so please remember to focus reports on anything genuinely suspicious.  If you see or hear anything that you think could be terrorist-related, trust your instinct no matter how small, then ACT and call 999.”

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Drayton Manor Theme Park Ride Closed in Major Incident

A ride at Drayton Manor theme park has been closed following a major incident.

The park said Splash Canyon was shut on Tuesday due to reports of someone falling into the water.

Staffordshire Police said a girl, believed to be 11 years old and from the Leicester area, was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the park at 14:18 BST.  The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident.

A ride at Drayton Manor theme park has been closed following a major incident.

The park said Splash Canyon, which opened in 1993, was shut today due to reports of someone falling into the water.

Staffordshire Police said a girl, believed to be 11 years old and from the Leicester area, was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the park at 14:18 BST.  The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident.

The theme park added, “The Splash Canyon ride has been closed following an incident this afternoon.  Emergency services are at the scene and our fully trained park staff are assisting.”

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