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SOTG 591- Blundering Armed Police Dangers of Part-Time Gun Carriers

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The “Armed Police” in the UK are under scrutiny by Liberal Democrats after a news report that cited numerous negligent discharges and blunders. This situation provides us with an opportunity to consider the dangers of being a part-time gun carrier.

Continuing with events in Merry Ole England, the public is being terrorized by yet another menace. This one my shock you. Listen in to hear about the latest threat the disarmed tax slaves of London are facing.

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Topics Covered During This Episode:

  • Armed police shoot themselves in leg, discharge weapons into car boots and open fire on a DUAL CARRIAGEWAY in list of embarrassing force blunders: www.dailymail.co.uk
  • Original Story Link and the Cover Up: Blundering armed police accidentally fire guns into their cars, tables and even their own legs: www.wbnews.info
  • Moped gangs armed with machetes terrorise public near Prince George’s new school: www.telegraph.co.uk
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From www.dailymail.co.uk:

Blundering armed police officers have shot themselves in the leg, discharged weapons into the boots of their vehicles and accidentally opened fire on a dual carriageway, it has been revealed.

In total, armed police were responsible for a total of 66 mishaps over the past four years, according to data from 39 UK police forces that responded to a freedom of information request.

The mishaps are known as ‘negligent discharges’ (NDs), the name given to incidents that occur when a weapon is fired unintentionally.

The data was obtained by the Liberal Democrats, who called for more training for armed police.

According to the Home Office, there are 5,639 authorised firearms officers in England and Wales, with 14,753 firearms operations carried out in the year to March 2016.

As an extra 1,500 armed cops are due to be drafted in to tackle the ‘severe’ terrorist threat in Britain, campaigners have called for more training for officers.

Speaking as the party’s spring conference in York, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: ‘These figures are worrying and police forces should improve training to make sure these cases are even rarer in the future.

‘This is particularly important as the extra 1,500 officers come on stream and we have more coppers, on our streets, with firearms.

‘Every incident of negligent discharge must be thoroughly investigated to determine the cause, which could include incorrect drills by personnel or a fault with the weapons.’

Among incidents revealed by police forces was a negligent discharge by a cop from the West Midlands force, who suffered a perforated eardrum after accidentally firing a Sig Sauer 516 assault rifle while unloading at the force armoury.

A cop from the same force accidentally discharged a Sig 516 while officers were searching an address, but faced no further action.

Essex officers also fired Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifles into the boots of their armed response vehicles twice in two months.

The force said of both incidents: ‘During the operational loading of their H&K G36 carbine an officer has fired one round from the weapon into the boot of the ARV.

‘No one was injured. The matter was investigated and after receiving some additional development training and assessment the officer was returned to full duties.’

From www.wbnews.info:

Get politics updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Blundering gun cops have shot themselves in the leg, fired rounds into car boots and blasted a bullet into a table in a string of worrying firearms accidents. Armed officers have been involved in a series of bungles where rounds have been unintentionally let loose.

Campaigners called for more training as police forces phase in an extra 1,500 armed cops to tackle the “severe” terrorist threat. So-called “negligent discharges” (NDs) occur when a weapon is fired unintentionally. A total of 66 mishaps were reported over the last four years, according to the 39 UK police forces which responded to freedom of information requests. Read More The incidents were uncovered by the Lib Dems – and party leader Tim Farron called for more training for officers.

Speaking as his party gathered for its spring conference in York, he said: “These figures are worrying and police forces should improve training to make sure these cases are even rarer in the future. “This is particularly important as the extra 1,500 officers come on stream and we have more coppers, on our streets, with firearms.

“Every incident of negligent discharge must be thoroughly investigated to determine the cause, which could include incorrect drills by personnel or a fault with the weapons.” Among incidents revealed by police forces were a West Midlands cop who suffered a perforated eardrum after accidentally firing a Sig Sauer 516 assault…

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From www.telegraph.co.uk:

Moped gangs armed with machetes have been terrorising the public just yards from Prince George’s future primary school, with locals accusing police of failing to tackle the threat for several months.

Residents in Battersea, south west London, said they had seen men on bikes waving the weapons as they sped through pedestrianised areas near the £6,110-a-year day Thomas’s Batterseaschool, which the young royal is due to attend from September.

Several of the incidents were said to have taken place during broad daylight, with pictures and footage showing the bikers threatening passers-by, and weaving in and out of tables at nearby restaurants.

“There are break-ins every night, residents are being terrorised every other day either by riding on pavements or at people,” said one local, who was too scared of repercussions to be identified.

“When police are called their response is ‘there’s nothing we can do’.”

CCTV footage gathered by business website LondonLovesBusiness.com shows one incident where thieves on a motorbike tried to kick a member of the public off their bicycle before breaking in to a car directly outside the school on Battersea High Street.

Witnesses said men on pushbikes later returned to the scene “to gloat”, pointing their fingers in a shooting gesture at members of the public who were waiting for police.

Police attended the aftermath of the incident in Battersea, on the evening of Tuesday May 2, but locals say this is just the latest in a crime spree committed on the doorstep of the school.

The riders, who are believed to live locally, regularly wear balaclavas and appear dressed all in black.

The vehicle licence plates are often blacked out or ripped off, said residents, leading them to believe the vehicles themselves had been stolen.

Locals also reported regularly seeing motorcyclists mounting the kerb at Battersea Square and “weaving in and out of the tables and chairs” of bars and restaurants.

Passengers on the bikes have wielded machetes in an apparent attempt to intimidate members of the public on multiple occasions, said one local business owner.

“The police don’t chase them so it’s almost a licence to commit crime,” said another resident, who wanted to remain anonymous out of fear of being identified by the gang.

“They feel like they can get away with anything.”

Residents and workers in Battersea Square say they have reported the armed gangs to police on multiple occasions over recent months but no action has been taken.

The area is popular among locals for its bars and cafes and is nicknamed “nappy valley” for its number of local schools and young families.

“If they’re allowed to keep getting away with it then something horrible will happen,” claimed another resident who again declined to be identified.

A staff member at a local business said they had previously heard “what sounded like gunshots” in the street near the school, while another claimed they had seen people in balaclavas “shooting at a cash register or strong box”.

Inspector Guy Osborne, of the Battersea Safer Neighbourhoods Team, told the Press Association that Wandsworth Police are “very aware” of moped-enabled crime, and called the issue “a borough priority”.

Mr Osborne added: “Crime Prevention advice is being given to the public through social media and by holding open days with the council specifically aimed at moped crime.

“Police are working with moped manufacturers so they are being made more difficult to steal.”

Mr Osborne said incidents involving weapons had not been reported to the police.

The reports of heightened moped crime in Battersea come during a spate of violent knife crime in the area, including three murders in a matter of weeks.

One such killing, of 21 year-old Malachi Brooks on March 28, occurred on Surrey Lane, a few hundred metres from Thomas’s dchool on Battersea High Street. Bikers are regularly seen racing through the pedestrian lanes that connect the two roads.

A spokesman for Wandsworth Council stressed the local authority’s investment in CCTV as a deterrent to crime, adding that the council “is working closely with the Met to tackle the growing problem of moped-related crime, which is a London-wide issue”.

A spokesman said: “Wandsworth is inner London’s safest borough but it is important when community concerns are raised that the police and local authority work together to address these concerns and take the appropriate action to reassure local residents and businesses.”

Staff and officials at Thomas’s declined to comment on the moped incidents or on any security measures being put in place.

Separately, the Metropolitan Police on Monday announced a third arrest in connection with a series of recent moped-enabled robberies in Westminster and Camden.

On Friday, bikers were photographed speeding through central London, with pillion passengers pictured wielding a hammer and a crowbar and reportedly threatening pedestrians and trying to steal mobile phones.

And on Sunday, moped drivers mounted pavements near Hyde Park and mowed down a tourist in an apparent attempt to steal valuables, breaking his leg in the process.

Crime involving mopeds in London increased by over 600 per cent between 2014 and 2016, figures reported by BBC London in December showed.

The borough of Wandsworth has the highest reported incidents of motorcycle theft in the capital, according to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

In January, police arrested 13 people in north London in connection with “smash and grab” scooter gangs, but concerned residents south of the river fear the same problems are not being addressed in their area.

Mr Osborne asked anyone who may have information on the Battersea moped incidents which may help police with their inquiries to call 101, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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