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The events surrounding the shocking death of George Floyd have really troubled me. Policing in the UK is very different to that of the USA. We police by consent.

From the day she was conceived Gloucestershire let her down.  Before she was even born, in 2009, she was made the subject of a ‘Child Protection Plan’ because there were serious concerns based on the neglect already shown to her half-sister Charlotte.  By the time she was...

This Thursday should have been Election Day for me. Instead, like so many other events, it was an early casualty of coronavirus.

Like many of the thousands of GCSE and A level students whose exams were cancelled, I felt a sense of frustration that having worked hard, stayed the course, prepared well and had a reasonable - though not certain - level of confidence in the outcomes we never had the chance to prove it. At least I get a second chance next year.

Gloucestershire’s Chief Constable and my message this Easter is clear .... we need the public to abide by the Government’s social distancing rules and stay at home. It is my job to hold the Chief Constable Rod Hansen to account on your behalf . I do this through regular formal and informal meetings.  But in these different times, even the way I hold to account has to change and adapt to the world we are currently living in.

The most vulnerable during this pandemic need the support of the government. That's why I have written to the Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland, I want ministers to get tough on  criminals who target the elderly during the Corona Virus crisis.