A colleague of a police officer who was hit by a car in Woodford Green and left seriously injured is raising money to support him and his family whil
Colleague of police officer hit by car in Woodford Green sets up fundraising page to help family

Colleague of police officer hit by car in Woodford Green sets up fundraising page to help family

Colleague of police officer hit by car in Woodford Green sets up fundraising page to help family

Colleague of police officer hit by car in Woodford Green sets up fundraising page to help family

Colleague of police officer hit by car in Woodford Green sets up fundraising page to help family

Colleague of police officer hit by car in Woodford Green sets up fundraising page to help family
Colleague of police officer hit by car in Woodford Green sets up fundraising page to help family
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Pc Jon Casey from the East Area Command was struck by a car on Monday, January 6, which had failed to stop for police in Chigwell Road, near Saint Barnabas Road, in South Woodford.

The father-of-three was attempting to deploy a stinger when he was struck by the grey Mini Cooper, which was being driven on false '67' year plates.

The vehicle sped away from the scene and Pc Casey was taken to hospital with multiple injuries.

Mark Glock, a colleague of the officer, hopes to raise £1,000 to help his family while he is off work.

"Pc Jon Casey was involved in a incident which resulted in him being hit by a vehicle which did not stop," Mr Glock said.

"This has caused multiple injuries which have required surgery and will take a significant time to heal.

"This money will go towards making his time off work more bearable and to assist his family."

Donna Casey, Pc Casey's wife, posted a picture of her husband's injuries on social media in a bid to get witnesses to come forward following the incident.

Posting on Facebook, Mrs Casey said: "This is my husband Jon Casey who is the police offer that was run over today in Woodford Bridge by driver of car that failed to stop for police.

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"He is a father of three boys, a son, a brother and my best friend."

You can donate to the fundraising page here

Following the incident, the car involved was found abandoned in Woolhampton Way, Chigwell.

A 29-year-old man and a 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have both been released under investigation and enquiries continue to trace the driver.

Detectives have released an image of the suspect vehicle and are appealing for information of its movements before and after the incident.

Det Sgt Jose-Paulo Qureshi said: "The officer was simply doing his duty when he was struck by the vehicle and was seriously injured - he's lucky not to have been killed.

"The suspects fled the scene, despite knowing they had hit an officer, leaving him seriously injured in the road. We are working around the clock to find the people responsible.

"I would appeal to those who were involved to do the right thing and hand yourself in.

"I'd also appeal to members of the public to help us with our investigation. Did you see a grey Mini Cooper on '67' plates driving erratically or at speed in the Woodford Green or Chigwell areas between midnight and 12.45am on Monday, January 6?

"If you have any information about this vehicle, or dash cam footage, please get in touch with us as a matter of urgency."

Anyone with information or dash cam footage is asked to call the Incident Room on 020 8597 4874, police on 101 quoting CAD 0043/6JAN or the independent charity Crimestoppers 100pc anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Colleague of police officer hit by car in Woodford Green sets up fundraising page to help family

Pontins Pakefield: Company accused of 'pushing out families'

Pontins Pakefield: Company accused of 'pushing out families'

A holiday park has been accused of "pushing families out" after it decided to ban children from one of its sites.

Pontins in Pakefield, Suffolk, has "always been a family centre" but for 2020 it said it has become an adult-only destination.

Holidaymakers from around the country said they were "disappointed" and a petition called "Pontins Pakefield against families" has been set up.

Pontins has declined to comment on the change.

The company has six sites across the UK. Sandy Bay Holiday Village in Kewstoke, Somerset, is also an adult-only site.

On the Pontins website, it said the Pakefield site was .

Mary Daley, whose husband Paul set up the petition, said her family had been holidaying there since their daughter, who is now 12, was a baby.

She said it was "disappointing they are pushing families out".

Mrs Daley, from Ipswich, said: "We would go once or twice and year and there were lots of activities for children, there was always that family appeal."

Donna Robinson, from Aldershot, Hampshire, said she was "very surprised" and "really disappointed" to hear the park was no longer allowing children.

She said she took her family there during the summer and they were "impressed".

Michelle Howland, from Lancashire, said she and her children were "really sad they won't be able to go back".

Budget family holidays

Graham Henry, who worked at the complex for more than 40 years, said it had become a Pontins site in the mid 1950s and had "always been a family centre".

But, he said, becoming an adult-only park was "more or less the best thing they can do".

The retired events manager said a rival park was already adults only and it was harder to keep it going now "parents can't take their children out of school".

St Paul's school: More than £500K paid to sex abuse victims

St Paul's school: More than £500K paid to sex abuse victims

Victims of sexual abuse at one of the country's leading private schools have so far been paid compensation of more than £500,000, the BBC understands.

Settlements were reached during a two-year inquiry to establish the scale of past abuse at St Paul's school, London.

The BBC spoke to victims who revealed the compensation figures; others could not due to non-disclosure agreements.

A serious case review found complaints were made by former pupils against 32 staff over several decades.

Five former teachers were convicted over offences committed.

The £13,000-a-term independent school, in Barnes, whose former pupils include ex-politicians George Osborne and Dominic Grieve, saw more than 80 individual complaints emerge against 32 of its staff in the period 2013 and 2015.

These allegations mainly dated from the 1960s to 1990s.

The Richmond Safeguarding Children Board review published on 13 January said the school must issue an "unambiguous statement" that it accepts full responsibility for the past abuse.

A high master apologised in a letter to Old Paulines, the name given to former pupils of the school in Barnes, south west London.

Professor Mark Bailey, said: "We accept full responsibility for the past abuse experienced by pupils at the school.

"Today we repeat that apology unreservedly to those who have come forward and to those who have not felt able to."

One former victim said it had taken too long: "I have fought for many years to get St Paul's to accept responsibility, as apologies without taking responsibility are meaningless," he told the BBC.

'Opportunity for grooming'

The review was launched in 2017 following a Metropolitan police investigation and several prosecutions ending with the conviction of Patrick Marshall, a former rowing coach.

Marshall was jailed for 18 years for 24 counts of indecent assault on 10 former pupils at St Paul's and another school during the 1970s and 80s.

The review found safeguarding had improved considerably in recent years, as the failure of past regimes to identify and act on suspected abuse became clear.

"St Paul's is unlikely to be different from many other institutions of its time. We should not judge the response of the school in the past by today's standards".

The review found the use of alcohol, leisure time spent with pupils and staff being invited by parents to their homes, all created the opportunity for grooming.

Complaints against nine further staff were unproven or are subject to continuing investigation.