Kent youth PCC Paris Brown: Give us proper policing – not silly gimmicks

Mail on Sunday comment: Give us proper policing – not silly gimmicks By Mail On Sunday Comment PUBLISHED: 00:04 GMT, 7 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:57 GMT, 8 April 2013 Paris Brown's Twitter shows she is wholly unfitted to offer advice to the most junior, most inexperienced constable When the people ask for action, governments respond by giving them gimmicks. Tony Blair was famous for demanding ‘eye-catching initiatives with which I can be personally associated’, but he is certainly not the only culprit. The idea of elected Police Commissioners was conceived by the Conservatives to counter a growing – and justified – feeling that a once-respected service had become unresponsive and remote.

British student, 20, gang-raped by four men on balcony in Thailand after "boyfriend leaves her in a bar"

British student, 20, gang-raped by four men on balcony in Thailand after 'boyfriend left her in a bar' Attackers dragged the woman off the street as she came out of the barThey took her to a neighbouring building where she was found at 5amShe had been advised to leave the night spot because of her condition By Alex Gore and Andrew Drummond PUBLISHED: 10:34 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:54 GMT, 18 February 2013 Enlarge Attacked: The British student, 20, was gang-raped in Nakhon Si Thammarat, southern Thailand A British student has been gang-raped by four men on a balcony in Thailand after being dragged off the street as she came out of a bar in the early hours of the morning. The men had been driving around in a pick-up truck when they spotted the 20-year-old coming out of the popular night spot on Saturday morning. Police said the girl was drunk and had been left by a fellow traveller from South Africa after both had been advised to leave the bar because of their condition.

Angela Vane, 40, charged with murder of Devon toddler

Woman, 40, charged with murder of toddler, 2, found dead in home by member of public Angela Vane, 40 will appear before Torquay Magistrates' Court todayShe was arrested on Saturday after boy, 2, was found dead at a homeShocked neighbours leave floral tributes near house in Modbury, Devon By Shari Miller PUBLISHED: 01:54 GMT, 20 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:55 GMT, 21 January 2013 A 40-year-old woman was last night charged with the murder of a two-year-old boy. Angela Vane, 40, from Modbury, Devon, will appear before Torquay Magistrates' Court today after the toddler was found at a home on Saturday morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said. Officers were called to the house after the boy's body was discovered by a member of the public.

Woman, 40, charged with murder of toddler, 2, found dead in home by member of public

Woman, 40, charged with murder of toddler, 2, found dead in home by member of public Angela Vane, 40 will appear before Torquay Magistrates' Court todayShe was arrested on Saturday after boy, 2, was found dead at a homeShocked neighbours leave floral tributes near house in Modbury, Devon By Shari Miller PUBLISHED: 01:54 GMT, 20 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 21 January 2013 A 40-year-old woman was last night charged with the murder of a two-year-old boy. Angela Vane, 40, from Modbury, Devon, will appear before Torquay Magistrates' Court today after the toddler was found at a home on Saturday morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said. Officers were called to the house after the boy's body was discovered by a member of the public.

Erica Menendez: Muslim-hating madwoman confesses to shoving Indian immigrant under Queens 7 train

'Muslim-hating' homeless woman confesses to killing Indian immigrant by shoving him under a train after her relatives tip off police Family alerted NYPD Friday after seeing Erica Menendez, 31, on TV news NYPD nabs Menendez in Crown Heights, Brooklyn Saturday morning Cousin tells paper homeless woman suffers from bi-polar disorder Menendez wore the same jacket as seen in surveillance video of the event when police found her Menendez told investigators, ‘I’ve hated Hindus and Muslims since 2001 since they put down the Twin Towers. I have been beating them up since.' Victim identified as Sunando Sen, 46, an Indian immigrant from Calcutta, who co-owned a copy shop on Manhattan's Upper West Side Sen stood on a Queens elevated subway platform 8pm Thursday, when officials say Menendez pushed him in the back and into an oncoming train's path | UPDATED: 19:38 GMT, 30 December 2012 Party girl: Erica Menendez, 31, during happier times, or before she allegedly pushed an Indian immigrant into the path of an oncoming subway train Thursday A Muslim-hating madwoman confessed today to pushing a hard-working Indian immigrant into a subway train's path – and her relatives tipped off police after seeing her on a Friday newscast. Erica Menendez, a 31-year-old homeless woman who reportedly suffers from bi-polar disorder, admitted shoving Sunando Sen, 46, in front of a Queens 7 Train Thursday, telling police, 'I've hated Hindus and Muslims since 2001 since they put down the Twin Towers

That frog"s got moves! Extraordinary moment photographer caught animal pulling classic Saturday Night Fever pose

That frog's got moves! Extraordinary moment photographer caught animal pulling classic Saturday Night Fever pose | UPDATED: 20:28 GMT, 30 December 2012 This funky frog has some impressive dance moves. And it looks like he's learned from the best.

Copahue volcano: Region of Chile put on red alert as she gets ready to blow

Red alert over Chilean volcano as she gets ready to blow with awesome ash dischargeArea near Copahue volcano put on red alert following seismic activity Volcano started spewing ash and gas on SaturdayAn ash cloud nearly a mile high has billowed from the volcano | UPDATED: 17:35 GMT, 24 December 2012 A region of Chile has been put on red alert after a volcano on the Argentinian border started spewing ash and gas. Seismic activity at the Copahue volcano grew over the weekend until Chile's emergency office ONEMI issued the highest alert yesterday in the Biobio region when an ash cloud billowed almost a mile high. The volcano, which sits in the Andes cordillera, straddling the border with Argentina's Neuquen province, started spewing ash and gas on Saturday.

Christmas shopping: High Street pins hopes on biggest festive bonanza since credit crunch as shoppers spend 2BILLION over the weekend

High Street pins hopes on biggest Christmas bonanza since credit crunch as shoppers spend 2BILLION over the weekend Almost a quarter of a million head to Bluewater in KentExtra trading weekend coming up has raised hopes of record sales Retailers offer discounts of up to 50% nine days before ChristmasSavvy shoppers ditching brand loyalty in hunt for bargainsSupermarket price hikes mean an expensive Christmas dinnerNearly 12.75m British men still haven't started their present buyingFirst time December has four retail weekends before Christmas since 2007London's West End saw 200m spent during bumper weekend | UPDATED: 18:09 GMT, 17 December 2012 Christmas shoppers spent up to 2billion on Saturday and Sunday in a crucial two days for present buying – with the upcoming extra December trading weekend promising record sales. London's Oxford Street was jam-packed with people while almost a quarter of a million headed to Bluewater in Kent and the Bullring Centre in Birmingham had a million visitors in a week

NHS doctors to be forced to work weekends for the first time in push for improved seven-day a week care

NHS doctors to be forced to work weekends for the first time in push for improved seven-day a week care Oupatients appointments and surgical procedures could be carried out on Saturdays and Sundays for the first timeThe shake up is part of plans by Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the new NHS Commissioning Board | UPDATED: 23:19 GMT, 16 December 2012 Seven days: Sir Bruce Keogh plans to introduce seven day working to the NHS Doctors could be forced to work at weekends under plans to create a health service with supermarket-style opening hours. Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS’s medical director, said that patients, like shoppers, should be entitled to the same quality of service on Saturday and Sunday as during the week. He said it was no longer acceptable for hospitals and GPs’ surgeries to operate for the convenience of their staff at the expense of patients and that clinics and day case operations should be available seven days a week.

X Factor 2012 ratings suffer final humiliation: 1.3m viewers desert climax

X Factor suffers a final humiliation: 1.3million viewers desert climax of ITV talent showSaturday night's X factor show attracted just 9.3million viewers – the lowest for a final since 2005The low figure was despite appearances from Kylie Minogue and Rita Ora | UPDATED: 14:57 GMT, 10 December 2012 It was once the most watched show on television. But not even the final of The X Factor, with all its glitz and glamour, could stop its dismal decline