first_img Show more Prue Leith, who has replaced Mary Berry as a judge on The Great British Bake OffCredit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA Mary Berry has caused controversy by suggesting she has an advantage over Delia Smith because she has children to give her feedback.The former Great British Bake Off judge said her three children had been a positive influence on her career at a panel discussion.”Because I’ve got children I’m very lucky because they say ‘don’t do that again mum’,” she said.The 81-year-old chef went on to suggest this had given her an edge over fellow celebrity chef Ms Smith, who has previously spoken of her regret at not having a family. Food writer and TV chef Delia Smith “Maybe one of the reasons I’ve been so successful in my career is down to the fact I haven’t had any children.”Ms Berry was also asked about her successor on the Great British Bake Off, Prue Leith, who has joined the show for its move to Channel 4.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Prue Leith who has replaced Mary Berry as a judge on The Great British Bake Off She anticipated that the food writer would be “incredibly different” to her, adding she was “delighted” she had been chosen.”She has the knowledge, she has the personality. I think she will be incredibly different but I think she will do really well.”For me, it’s very nice that they have chosen someone who has the knowledge and who will enjoy it. I think she will be very, very good.”  “I always feel that Delia, who I think is absolutely brilliant, hasn’t had the advantage of having children like I have because you don’t half get the truth,” she said at an event in London called An Evening with Mary Berry.”I get the truth from my husband too, and sometimes I get really hurt.”Ms Smith, 75, who is married to the writer Michael Wynn-Jones, has said in the past that she would have “loved” to have children. But the chef suggested that being childless may have advanced her career. In an interview with Yours magazine in 2011 she said: “It wasn’t to be, but I have loved what I’ve been able to do by not having children.  Food writer and TV chef Delia SmithCredit:David Hartley / Rex Features last_img read more

first_imgNichol yelled obscenities while banging a metal gate into a cow who had just given birth and repeatedly stamped and kicked the newborn calves to get them to stand up.RSPCA prosecutor Lindi Meyer said the attack took place at 9.30am when the part-time stockman was working in the barn.Describing one incident, she said: “He threw a newborn calf to the floor and kicked and stamped on it seven times in a row. Needless to say, the violence was unprovoked and unnecessary.”An RSPCA inspector visited Nichol’s home where he admitted it was him in the footage and said his behaviour was “disgusting”. Owen Nichol previously admitted charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animalsCredit:Claire Hayhurst/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Farm owner James Read, who described Nichol as an “exemplary” employee, admitted he was shocked by the footage.Ms Meyer cast doubt on Nichol’s claim it was a “one-off occasion” and said the footage showed the attacks were repeated and involved verbal and physical violence.Charity vet Andrew Biggs described the attack as the worst violence he had seen in 35 years in the job.Mr Biggs, former president of the British Cattle Veterinary Association, said in a statement: “It is good and accepted practice to encourage calves to suckle. Stress or fright is not conducive to good maternal behaviour.”He said the cows could be seen swishing their tails, clearly stressed, adding: “The operator, from the start of the video, has shown totally unacceptable behaviour to these cows and calves.”Nichol, who also farms his sheep with his father, said in a statement: “I have my own sheep and if I saw someone doing that to my sheep I would feel like Mr Read does.” Nichol, of Taunton, admitted two charges of animal cruelty after he “just flipped” and was sacked by the farm owner after the footage emerged.He claimed it was the only time he had treated the animals in such a way in the year he worked at the farm while completing a college course in agriculture.Speaking to an RSPCA inspector, Nichol blamed his behaviour on breaking up with his girlfriend months beforehand and also said his grandmother was ill.Harrowing video footage showed the farm worker shouting “f—— c—” in the faces of the two-day-old calves and forcing the cattle to their feet. Owen Nichol Owen Nichol Nichol kicked its nursing mother in the face and slammed a metal gate against the animal, which had given birth just two days before.The footage was shot by activists from campaign group Animal Equality after a tip-off from a member of the public at Pyrland Farm in Taunton, Somerset, in December.center_img Nichol was sentenced to 12 weeks jail, suspended for one year, and told to undertake a rehabilitation activity for 30 days and 150 hours unpaid work.He was disqualified for two years for owning, keeping or participating in keeping any animal farmed for commercial purposes, including arranging transport or dealing. It will be 12 months before Nichol can challenge it.A victim surcharge £115 was imposed, as well as a £300 contribution to costs of prosecution. Ms Meyer said: “It is a great concern that this is a young man employed to care for animals and on a number of occasions he has lost his temper.”Martin Winter, mitigating, said: “The apprenticeship has restrictions with the maximum working week of 40 hours, and when he started there were more staff working with the herd at the farm.”The numbers dropped and as a result the workload increased. His job was to try to get the calves to suckle. He knew if he did not succeed they would be euthanased. He was trying too hard, taking things to heart and becoming frustrated.” A young farm worker who threw a newborn calf to the floor and repeatedly stamped on it before kicking its mother in the head blamed his behaviour on breaking up with his girlfriend months earlier.Owen Nichol, 18, was secretly filmed by an animal rights charity carrying out the abuse at the dairy farm where he worked as an apprentice.He subjected the cows to a 25-minute ordeal, kicking and stamping on a newborn calf seven times, and shouted “I f—— hate you, you little c—” after throwing it to the floor.Warning: the video below contains graphic images. It was released by Animal Equality to highlight abuse towards animals. Owen Nichol outside Taunton Magistrates’ Court on WednesdayCredit:Claire Hayhurst/PA Nichol had been offered a job on an arable farm in Hampshire, after being sacked and still aspired to a career in agriculture, the court was told.Mr Winter added: “He was in a bad frame of mind. He lost control of the animals and he lost control of himself.”Magistrate Dr Peter Reed said: “The offence was deliberate and sustained. It involved kicks, stamping, hitting including to the head, and shouting at the animals.”We believe these animals did suffer a relatively high level of suffering, for a short period. The vet described it as the worst case of abuse he had seen in 35 years.”Nichol had been warned he could be put behind bars with his actions, but was spared jail at Taunton Magistrates’ Court.Dr Reed said: “You were working beyond your capabilities. You were working unsupervised, doing long shifts and were sleep deprived. You had limited training, and co-operated with the inspector.” He was trying too hard, taking things to heart and becoming frustratedMartin Winter, defendinglast_img read more

first_imgAhead of Asteroid Day, next Friday, Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from Queen University’s Astrophysics Research Centre also warned that an asteroid collision with Earth could easily destroy a major city. Asteroid Day commemorates the Tunguska strike in Siberian in 1908 which devastated 800 square miles.  Prof Hawking said it was important to begin colonising Mars and the Moon  The camera-equipped miniature probes, would be sent on their way by tens of gigawatts of focused power from an array of lasers, reaching their destination in about 20 years.”If we succeed we will send a probe to Alpha Centauri within the lifetime of some of you alive today,” he said.”It is clear we are entering a new space age. We are standing at the threshold of a new era. Human colonisation and other planets is no longer science fiction, it can be science fact.”The human race has existed a separate species for about two million years. Civilization became about 10,000 years ago and the rate of development has been steadily increasing, If humanity is to continue for another million years it relies on boldly going where noone has gone before. I hope for the best. I have to. We have no other option.” Prof Hawking and Yuri Milner are planning to send a tiny probe to Alpha Centauri using a beam of light  “This is not science fiction it is guaranteed by the laws of physics and probability,” he said. “To stay risks being annihilated. “Spreading out into space will completely change the future of humanity. It  may also determine whether we have any future at all.”Wherever we go we will need to build a civilisation, we will need to take the practical means of establishing a whole new ecosystem the will survive in an environment that know very little about and we will need to consider transporting several thousands of people, animals, plants, fungi, bacteria and insects.”Prof Hawking said the Moon and Mars were the best sites to begin the first colonies, stating that a lunar base could be established within 30 years and a Martian outpost within 50. But he also suggested leaving the Solar System and venturing to our nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, where scientists believe there exists a habitable planet known as Proxima B. Prof Hawkingtold the audience that the Earth would eventually be hit by a devastating asteroid strike. Prof Hawking said climate change and over-population meant humans had no option but to leave Earth Credit:BBC The professor said nuclear fusion-powered ships propelled by light, Star Trek-style matter-antimatter reactors, or “some completely new form of energy” could allow humans to travel light years. A small first step was already being taken by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Start Shot project, said Prof Hawking. This envisages sending a fleet of tiny “nanocraft” carrying light sails on a four light-year journey to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prof Hawking said it was important to begin colonising Mars and the Moon  Professor Fitzsimmons said: “It is important to know that scientists and engineers have made great strides in detecting Near-Earth Asteroids and understanding the threat posed by them. Prof Hawking and Yuri Milner are planning to send a tiny probe to Alpha Centauri using a beam of light  Prof Hawking said climate change and over-population meant humans had no option but to leave Earth  “Over 1,800 potentially hazardous objects have been discovered so far, but there are many more waiting to be found.“Astronomers find Near-Earth Asteroids every day and most are harmless. But it is still possible the next Tunguska would take us by surprise, and although we are much better at finding larger asteroids, that does us no good if we are not prepared to do something about them.” The human race must start leaving Earth within 30 years to avoid being wiped out by over-population and climate change, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned. Making an impassioned speech at the Starmus science festival in Trondheim, Norway, the astrophysicist said it was crucial to establish colonies on Mars and the Moon, and take a Noah’s Ark of plants, animals, fungi and insects, to start creating a new world. Prof Hawking said it was only a matter of time before the Earth as we know it is destroyed by an asteroid strike, soaring temperatures or over-population.He said that becoming a ‘cosmic sloth’ was not an option because ‘the threats are too big and too numerous.'”I am convinced that humans need to leave earth. The Earth is becoming too small for us, our physical resources are being drained at an alarming rate.””We have given our planet the disastrous gift of climate change, rising temperatures, the reducing of polar ice caps , deforestation and decimation of animal species.”When we have reached similar crisis in or history there has usually been somewhere else to colonise. Columbus did it in 1492 when he discovered the new world. But now there is no new world. No Eutopia around the corner. We are running out of space and the only places to go to are other worlds.”last_img read more

Alfie Evans has a terminal brain conditionCredit: PA/ Alfies Army Official “Come here and see how my son is the hostage of this hospital. What we are enduring is not right.”Rome’s Vatican-owned pediatric hospital Bambino Gesù has offered to treat the 23-month-old boy, who has a serious undiagnosed brain condition.    The government in Rome has granted Alfie Italian citizenship in a bid to bring him to Italy and beat rulings to let him die.    But the British courts have refused to allow the child, who continues to fight after being taken off life support earlier this week, to be transferred to Italy.    “Thank you Italy. We love you,” Mr Evans said. “Alfie is part of the Italian family. He is part of Italy. We belong to Italy”.The father is due to meet with doctors at Alder Hey hospital to ask them to let him take his son home.He told reporters outside the hospital that a bid to take his son to Italy for treatment, backed by the Pope, had been rejected.However, he said there is still hope for him to take the 23 month-old home.Mr Evans said: “We got rejected yesterday to go to Italy. We could take it further but would it be the right thing to do? Staff at the hospital have been subjected to abuse by angry supporters of the Evans family, who had been campaigning for Alfie to be released from hospital.  In a statement on behalf of himself, his son, and Alfie’s mother Kate James, he said: “We also wish to thank Alder Hey staff at every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an incredibly difficult time for them too.”Together we recognise the strains (that) recent events have put upon us all and we now wish for privacy for everyone concerned.”In Alfie’s interests we will work with his treating team on a plan that provides our boy with the dignity and comfort he needs.”From this point onwards there will be no more statements issued or interviews given. We hope you will respect this.” Tom Evans, father of Alfie Evans, speaks to the media outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital on April 26, 2018 in Liverpool He claimed on Good Morning Britain that nurses had been shocked by Alfie’s condition, explaining: “For the third day there’s not been one single problem with him. The nurses come in and say ‘wow.'”On Wednesday, it emerged that Alfie, who stopped receiving life-support treatment late on Monday as a result of the court’s decision, is now “struggling” and is not expected to live much longer.There have been passionate protests staged outside the hospital in recent days, with some campaigners clashing with police as they tried to force their way into the hospital.The local police force yesterday issued a warning after staff were allegedly harassed.On Wednesday evening, Ch Insp Chris Gibson said social media posts were being monitored and “any offences, including malicious communications and threatening behaviour, will be investigated and, where necessary, will be acted upon”.The chairman of the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Sir David Henshaw said that staff had “endured attacks upon our motivation, our professionalism and our ethics”.“Our staff have received in person, via phone calls, email, and through social media channels a barrage of highly abusive and threatening language and behaviour that has shocked us all. Worse still, patients and visitors to Alder Hey have also reported abuse.” BREAKING: The father of Alfie Evans is due to meet doctors at Alder Hey Hospital today and will be asking to take Alfie home.— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 26, 2018 “So what we are doing to do today is we are meeting with the doctors at Alder Hey and we now start asking to go home.” Alfie has been in Alder Hey with a rare undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition since December 2016.Doctors have said the toddler’s brain has been destroyed by his illness and it is in his best interests to withdraw life support.In a statement the hospital said its “top priority remains in ensuring Alfie receives the care he deserves to ensure his comfort, dignity and privacy are maintained throughout.”This includes working closely with Kate and Tom as they spend this precious time together with him.” Tom Evans, father of Alfie Evans, speaks to the media outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on April 26, 2018 in LiverpoolCredit:Anthony Devlin/Getty Earlier on Thursday, Mr Evans appealed to Pope Francis to travel to Liverpool to see the plight of his son who he claims is being held hostage at Alder Hey hospital.Tom Evans, who has been at the centre of a bitter legal dispute with the hospital, told the Catholic channel TV2000 on Thursday: “I call on the pope to come here to see what is happening. Alfie Evans Alfie Evans’ father has urged his family’s supporters to carry on with their lives in a dramatic u-turn outside Alder Hey hospital.After weeks of ramping up support for his 23-month-old son to be allowed to travel abroad to receive treatment for his undiagnosed brain condition, it appears Tom Evans has had a change of heart.   Earlier on Thursday, the 21-year-old father even called for the Pope to travel to Merseyside to see Alfie’s plight for himself. But speaking outside the hospital in Liverpool, which has become the focal point of the bitter treatment dispute, he said his latest interview would be his last.”Our lives have been turned upside down by the intense focus on Alfie and his situation,” Mr Evans said.”Our little family along with Alder Hey has become the centre of attention for many people around the world and it has meant we have not been able to live our lives as we would like.”We are very grateful and we appreciate all the support we have received from around the world, including from our Italian and Polish supporters, who have dedicated their time and support to our incredible fight.”We would now ask you to return back to your everyday lives and allow myself, Kate and Alder Hey to form a relationship, build a bridge and walk across it.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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A child's body was discovered in woodland, on the site of the former Kyles of Bute Hotel. Police have cordoned off the area to investigate A police car blocked the road and several other police vehicles could be seen in the area, including at the seafront. “At around 9am the body of a young female child was discovered in the grounds of an old hotel, Kames Hydro Hotel.”An investigation has been launched and inquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.”The spokesman added that a child’s body was discovered in woodland, on the site of the former Kyles of Bute Hotel, near to Ardbeg Road. The cause of death is not known. The body of a six-year-old girl has been found in the grounds of a former hotel after she was reported missing from her home on a Scottish island.The schoolgirl from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute was reported missing at 6.25am on Monday. Just over two hours later officers found the body of a young girl in the Port Bannatyne area.It is believed she was found to be missing from her bedroom, prompting appeals on social media for people to search their gardens and outbuildings.A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “At around 6.25am this morning, police were informed a six-year-old girl was missing in Rothesay. A search was undertaken to try and locate the child. High Road in Arbeg, near Rothesay, was shut by a police cordon and a floral tribute had been laid near police accident signs. Floral tributes at the police cordon on Ardbeg Road on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, after officers found the body of a young girl on the site of the former Cames Hydro Hotel The island in the Firth of Clyde is a popular holiday destination and has a population of around 6,500.Tourism and farming are the main industries, with Mount Stuart House and gardens, family home of the 7th Marquess of Bute – the former racing driver Johnny Dumfries – one of the main attractions. A child’s body was discovered in woodland, on the site of the former Kyles of Bute Hotel. Police have cordoned off the area to investigateCredit:Jane Barlow/Press Association Floral tributes at the police cordon on Ardbeg Road on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, after officers found the body of a young girl on the site of the former Cames Hydro Hotel Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Baroness Shackleton is solicitor to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry Baroness Shackleton is solicitor to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince HarryCredit: Tim Rooke/REX Children should be taught about how to make marriage work in school to stem the tide of relationship breakdown, the Prince of Wales’ divorce lawyer has said.Baroness Fiona Shackleton said that education about marriage is “severely lacking” in schools, as she urged them to “devote just a little time” to the issue.She said that schools make time to teach children about alcohol abuse, drug abuse, sex and “goodness knows what else”, but fail to address “what is the most important decision they make, which is basically, who they breed with or from”.Baroness Shackleton, who was made a life peer in 2010, has represented a number celebrities and royals in high profile divorce cases including Sir Paul McCartney and the Duke of York.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that it is a “mistake” to believe that marriage is “just about the heart”.“It’s a practical arrangement which has to survive to rear children, and it’s for children, who are the very sad losers when parents are selfish and decide that their own desires override those of their family,” she said.Children must be taught about the importance of considering the character traits of their prospective spouse, as well as realising that fundamentally people do not change.  “If they think about these things, not about the white dress, not the love element, the practicality, before they enter into it then I would probably be doing myself out of a job more often,” she said. Baroness Shackleton, who is a solicitor to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, backed calls to reform divorce laws, labelling the current laws “archaic”.Her comments follow the the case of Tini Owens, who lost her Supreme Court appeal last week in her fight to divorce her husband.Mrs Owens, 68, wants a divorce on the ground she is unhappy but her husband Hugh has refused. Under the current law in England and Wales, people must be able to prove their marriage has broken down due to adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion, in order to obtain a divorce.The only other way to get a divorce without a spouse’s consent is to live apart for five years. Judges said the Tini Owens case “generates uneasy feelings” and suggested that the current system is out of date.Divorce rates in England and Wales have increased for the first time this decade according to figures released in October by the Office for National Statistics. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. There were 106,959 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2016, an increase of 5.8 per cent compared with 2015, with men and women getting divorced at a rate of 8.9 per 1,000 married people. The last time there was an increase in divorce rate was between 2009 and 2010. read more

Mr Tomsett is taking a personal injury claim against the church and says the incident has left him in “constant pain”.He said via his solicitors on Tuesday: “I’m taking action against the church as this whole thing was avoidable if the bells had been maintained properly. I’m the only one who has suffered.”I lost my job, I’m in constant pain and now the church has said what happened is not their fault. It doesn’t seem right.”St Helen’s in Abingdon have been contacted for comment. A bell-ringer who thought he was going to die when he was flung into the air during a practice session is suing the church for damages.Steven Tomsett, 18, broke both ankles in the incident at St Helen’s Church, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in January.The trainee engineer also damaged his right leg and injured his lower back when he was sent flying into the air after the wooden stay which keeps the bell upright was broken.Mr Tomsett, who was 17 at the time of the accident, said: “I was pulled quickly up into the air and just remember looking down and seeing everybody’s faces looking up at me. It was terrifying and was one of those moments when you think you are going to die. I thought, ‘is this really happening to me?'”At about 20ft up I let go and came crashing down and then heard somebody shouting for me to let go.”The pain I felt was just indescribable. I was in absolute agony. It’s fair to say I was using language that shouldn’t probably be used in church.”The teenager was rescued from the church tower by the fire service who winched him to the floor, as a stretcher could not be taken along the spiral staircase to the bell ringing room. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

They also include a new prayer entitled ‘a prayer for the nation’. It reads: ‘God of hope, in these times of change, unite our nation and guide our leaders with your wisdom. Give us courage to overcome our fears, and help us to build a future, and help us to build a future in which all may prosper and share; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”Last month the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, announced that he was preparing for five days of prayer after Brexit.He said he wants to pray in public with the leaders of the Catholic, Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed churches on the day after Britain leaves. Since the referendum, it has had the capacity to create awkward silences at dinner parties, the demise of even the strongest relationships and rifts across the family dinner table.However the Church of England has now proffered itself as the unlikely mediator amid Brexit discussions and division.As negotiations reach a pivotal point in parliament and Europe, churches yesterday[TUES] announced that they will host a weekend prayer to encourage people to “get together and chat over a cup of tea and pray for our country and our future”.The initiative, backed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, will see churches across the country hosting informal café-style meetings over the weekend of March 30 to bring together people of all opinions and to encourage open discussion.Introductory notes for those taking part urge respect for the integrity of opposing views, and encouraging communities which feel the same about the issues to use their imagination to consider the viewpoints of those who feel differently.Resource packs include specially-chosen Bible passages and prompt questions to start conversations. Questions for those attending include: ‘What effect has Brexit had in your family relationships, friendships etc and if you disagreed, has it been possible to disagree well?’ and: ‘What are the three main things we have in common that we can build on for a better future as a community and as a nation?’ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Some adult respondents also had high intakes of caffeine and alcohol. The poll also looked at breakfast habits and found that a quarter of secondary school pupils did not eat breakfast on the day of the survey, with one in 10 primary children saying the same.Only 18 per cent of secondary school students reported including any fruit or vegetables in their first meal of the day.Dr Lucy Chambers, senior scientist at the BNF, said: “The implications of a bad night’s sleep can go much further than feeling tired.”Where lack of, and disturbed, sleep can lead to both adults and young people feeling grumpy and irritable, regular poor-quality sleep can have a negative impact on dietary choices, including higher intakes of calories and more frequent snacking on less healthy foods.”The BNF’s Task Force report, published earlier this year, highlighted that lack of sleep, and interrupted sleep, may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.” A third of primary school children are not getting enough sleep, putting them at risk of obesity, experts have warned.A new poll for the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) found that 43% of adults sleep less than the recommended minimum of seven hours a night, while 32% of primary and 70% of secondary school pupils sleep for less than nine hours – the absolute minimum they should get.The survey covered more than 6,000 primary and secondary school children and just over 1,500 adults.It also found that 80 per cent of adults and 50 per cent of secondary school students reported waking up at least once during the previous night.Screens may be to blame for disturbed sleep, the poll suggests, with 59 per cent of secondary school pupils, 50 per cent of adults and 49 per cent of primary school children saying they used a screen before bed on the previous night. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuns being smuggled into T&T via jet skis & portsJuly 4, 2017In “latest news”Guyanese among 13 charged in multinational drug smuggling ring in CanadaOctober 8, 2015In “Crime”T&T rolls out new initiative to deal with murdersJuly 22, 2019In “latest news” (CMC) — The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on Monday appealed for support from law abiding citizens as the twin island republic recorded the highest number of murders in the month of January for any one year.At least 59 people have been murdered since the start of the year, surpassing the 2008 figure for January when 57 people were killed.Acting Police Commissioner, Stephen Williams, speaking on a television programme, said that despite the police seizing more than 1,000 illegal weapons, the country’s porous borders were making it easy for the illegal guns to enter the country.“They are coming from the USA, they are coming from Latin America generally and therefore our challenge is how we secure our borders against the entry of those weapons.“The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has focused on firearms seizure as a critical area of our consideration and we have been annually increasing the number of firearms seized in Trinidad and Tobago”.Williams said that the seizure of 1,064 weapons last year “is way beyond my wildest dream (in) that we have never been able to seize in excess of a thousand firearms in Trinidad and Tobago”.Williams said despite the record seizure it has failed to put a dent in the number of gun-related crimes including murder, reiterating an earlier position that law enforcement agencies need public assistance in order to deal with the escalating criminal activities.He said the seizure alone “has not necessarily impacted our violent crime situation and we are exploring different strategies clearly geared towards ensuring that we can create a safer environment.“But it is tough business,” he said, noting that he had listened to a former police commissioner speaking to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament and he ‘was emphasising in addressing our situation that we have to look at it in a broad context.“Agencies like the police service are just addressing one form of social control but we have a broader consideration to look at, the issues of around the family, the church, education, the community, all those are key institutions of social control,” he said.He said these institutions must be strengthened if the country is to win the battle against crime.Last year, Trinidad and Tobago recorded a total of 494 murders, as against 463 the previous year. read more