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Published on 17 May 2019

Crime up but cases facing criminal justice system at 50-year low

The number of people formally dealt with by the criminal justice system fell last year to the lowest level since 1970 despite police figures showing a six per cent rise in offending, official statistics revealed today. The Ministry of Justice figures showed that the number of people dealt with by the justice system in England and Wales fell by three per cent in 2018. The decline was made up of a two per cent drop in prosecutions and an 11 per cent fall in “out-of-court disposals&...

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Published on 29 April 2019

Ex-Paratrooper has set himself two tough challenges

A former paratrooper has set himself two tough challenges to help #PhoenixHeroes - a veterans' charity offering #PTSD support. Andy Minshull, a former soldier from Leeds said he could cope with serving in Iraq and Afghanistan but turned to alcohol in civilian life. He has since recovered and now set himself two tough challenges to help Phoenix Heroes CIC. Andy intends to sleep rough on the streets of Leeds for 36 hours to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness among e...

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Published on 13 March 2019

UK's First Veterans Village?

A ‘Veterans’ Village’ tipped as the first of its kind in the UK could be taking shape in Hemsby after an approach from a former serviceman. The proposal has come from Neil Archbold, who served in the Falklands conflict, to potentially transform the abandoned Pontins site into a healing hub for veterans and their families. Mr Archbold, 55, from Basingstoke, has won the support of veterans’ charity Forgotten Veterans UK which already runs a project in Portsmouth and shares...

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Published on 28 February 2019

Walnut Tree Project take on the Beast in the east

The Walnut Tree Project have added a rugged 4x4 to their fleet of Community Response Team (CRT) Support Vehicles and Veterans Raffle helped to fund the specialist equipment that such a vehicle is required to carry. On the East Coast of Britain in the remote rural areas of Norfolk and Suffolk the 'Beast' is just what you need to respond in. No matter what the weather, no matter what the terrain, the 'Beast' significantly improves the opportunity to get to the scene in a timely fashion, and time i...

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Published on 4 February 2019

94 year old veterans fight

A 94-year-old Normandy veteran from Norfolk says he feels as if he's being "left to die" - after the county council refused to fund a place in a Royal British Legion care home. Len Mann was just 19 when he fought on D-Day - but now he says he's too frail to live by himself in his Norwich bungalow. Len can afford half of the fees needed for the 24-hour care he wants in Cromer - but the council won't pay the rest. They say they're working with him to keep him independent and explore his care optio...

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Published on 3 February 2019

Harry makes date with troops in Arctic Circle

The Duke of Sussex will be spending this Valentine’s Day in the Arctic Circle with Royal Marines. Harry will spend his first February 14 as a married man thousands of miles away from the Duchess of Sussex. He will be meeting troops who are being trained in survival in one of the world’s most demanding environments as part of Exercise Clockwork in north Norway. Set 200 miles (322km) inside the Arctic Circle, more than 16,000 Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors and airmen ha...

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Published on 20 January 2019

See what Forgotten Veterans UK say about us

Gary Weaving, Founder & CEO of Forgotten Veterans UK says “In 2018 we started work on the Basha Retreat Project, so our donations from Veterans Raffle couldn’t have come at a better time. The Basha Project is a veterans’ residential retreat at Fort Cumberland in Portsmouth and Southsea, this is somewhere for veterans to spend time with others who may be dealing with similar issues; and gain access to mental health support as well as advice on housing, benefits and careers....

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Published on 16 January 2019

Medals stolen from British Army Hero

British Army hero devastated as war medals STOLEN by heartless thieves A WAR HERO soldier who served in the British Army for over 25 years had his medals stolen while on holiday and is offering a reward for their return. Lee Allen has served in some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Northern Island and received medals for his loyal service. After returning from holiday with his partner Zoe Wyrko, the couple found their house in Melton, Suffolk br...

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Published on 13 January 2019

From walking the beat to sleeping on the street

Homeless ex-policeman Russell Monk on how, like many others, he has fallen through the cracks of a broken system. Russell served in Leeds but after struggling with mental health issues he left his job and ended up sleeping rough. To help get back on his feet he has sold The Big Issue in Exeter and London. This is his account of how failings in the system let some people fall through the cracks...... I am writing this article in relation to my experiences, which led me to become homeless in Londo...

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Published on 13 January 2019

Phoenix Heroes hit the streets

Credit where credit is due as Phoenix Heroes CIC go in search for our many homeless veterans who are consistently being discarded and some even totally ignored by our current system. Due to being judged by their cover rather than by their life circumstances, it takes the smaller specialist charitable organisations such as Phoenix Heroes to take the lead and pick up where the largest of our veterans’ charities fall significantly short of the public's expectations of them. We could moan abou...

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