Each ‘bobby on the beat’ costs nearly £800,000 a year

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The Taxpayers’ Alliance can reveal today that less than 12 per cent of police officers and Police Community Support Officers’ (PCSO) time is “visible and available” to the public. Because of this it effectively costs taxpayers nearly £800,000 for every constant ‘bobby on the beat’. While necessary spending cuts have to be made, this report reveals some forces are far better than others at ensuring officers are spending their time on the front line. A key priority for Police Chiefs and newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners must be to focus resources on frontline policing.

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DOUBLE TRIPLE WITH ICING ON THE TOP

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Stephen Ainsworth’s LOKI encounters big sea approaching Tasman Island
60, LOKI, Sail No: AUS 60000, Owner: Stephen Ainsworth, Design: Reichel Pugh 63, LOA (m): 19.3, State: NSW

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Robert Oatley’s Wild Oats XI was announced this morning as the Overall Winner of the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart. It had become clear overnight that none of the yachts still at sea could better the corrected time established by the 30.48m (100 foot) maxi skippered by Mark Richards. Wild Oats XI has repeated its historic performance of 2005, when it secured the treble of Line Honours, Overall Winner and Race Record.

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Spiral Galaxy NGC 3627

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Credits: NASA/CXC/Ohio State Univ./C.Grier et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI, ESO/WFI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The spiral galaxy NGC 3627 is located about 30 million light years from Earth. This composite image includes X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope (red), and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Very Large Telescope (yellow). The inset shows the central region, which contains a bright X-ray source that is likely powered by material falling onto a supermassive black hole.

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THE STAMP OF AUTHORITY

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WILD OATS XI at the finish line in Hobart, setting a new race record of 1 day 18 hours 23 mins 12 secs
XI, WILD OATS XI, Sail No: AUS 10001, Owner: Robert Oatley, Design: Reichel/Pugh 30 Mtr, LOA (m): 30.5, State: NSW

Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

On the morning of 28 December 2012, Wild Oats XI once again stamped her name in the Rolex Sydney Hobart history books. From the moment the start gun fired on Boxing Day the silver wraith seemed intent on condemning her rivals for line honours to the position of also-rans. Wild Oats XI’s finish time of 1 day 18 hours 23 minutes and 12 seconds sliced 16 minutes 58 seconds off her own record. Another commanding performance in a race she has begun to treat as her own.

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ANOTHER AMBULANCE CALL TO HOLY ISLAND

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At 14.51hr on Thursday 27 December 2012, Seahouses Lifeboat was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard following a request from the North East Ambulance Service, to convey an ambulance crew to Holy Island, where a female patient was ill and required medical attention. The causeway was closed by the high tide, but was starting to recede.

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Dec News and 2012 Review

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As the year draws to a close, it has been pleasing to look back on 2012 and see the significant progress SailRacer has made. It has been a record year in terms of entries and events, the team has grown, we have moved to new offices, introduced new technologies and servers, and proud to have supported Team GBR at the Olympics. 2013 promises to be even better, watch this space. More…

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