IMAGERY AVAILABLE: Coast Guard 8th District holds change-of-command ceremony

Source: United States Coast Guard

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Coast Guard 8th District holds change-of-command ceremony



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NEW ORLEANS — Coast Guard 8th District personnel held a change-of-command ceremony Friday at the Port of New Orleans.

Rear Adm. John P. Nadeau transfered command of the Coast Guard 8th District to Rear Adm. Richard V. Timme.

As the 8th District commander, Timme is responsible for all Coast Guard operations spanning 26 states, including the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Florida to Mexico, the adjacent offshore waters and outer continental shelf, and the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee River systems. Headquartered in New Orleans, the 8th District encompasses three major regions covering more than 11,000 miles of waterways and 179,000 square miles of  the Gulf of Mexico. During an average year the more than 7,000 active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary personnel of the 8th District save more than 870 lives and assist more than 4,200 people.

Timme was previously assigned as the assistant commandant for prevention policy at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the development of national policy, standards and programs promoting marine safety, security and environmental stewardship. For more information on Timme’s Coast Guard career visit here.

Nadeau originally took command of the 8th District in June 2019 and retired after 32 years of service following the change of command.

A change-of-command ceremony marks a transfer of total responsibility and authority from one individual to another. It is a time-honored tradition conducted before the assembled crew, as well as honored guests and dignitaries to formally demonstrate the continuity of the authority within a command.

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Appeal for witnesses following fatal road traffic collision – A41, Woodham, Buckinghamshire

Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in which a man has tragically died.

At just before 5pm on Saturday (26/6), there was a collision between a blue Yamaha motorcycle, a black Volkswagen Touran and a white Mercedes heavy goods vehicle, which was laden with vegetables, on the A41 at Woodham on the Bicester-bound carriageway.

Tragically, the motorcyclist, a 45-year-old man, died at the scene.

The Volkswagen and motorcycle were travelling towards Bicester and the lorry in the opposite direction.

Although formal identification has yet to take place, the man’s next of kin have been made aware and are being supported by specially trained officers.

No arrests have been made and no one else was injured.

Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Linford Baxter of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, based at Bicester, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who has died as a result of this collision.

“I am appealing to anyone who was driving on the A41 between Aylesbury and Bicester at around the time of the collision to please check dash-cam and contact the police if it has captured anything that could assist our investigation.

“I would also like to hear from anybody who witnessed the collision or the moments leading up to the collision.

“If you have any information that could help, please call 101, quoting reference number 43210281835.

“At this early stage of our investigation, we do not believe speed was a cause of this collision, and we are investigating the circumstances thoroughly to ascertain what has happened.

“I would like to thank all the members of the public who stopped, helped at the scene, and waited while the emergency services carried out their work.”


UPDATE: Man charged with Whetstone murder

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

A man has been charged with the murder of 29-year-old Mohammad Raza Gulzar who died after being stabbed in Whetstone.

Mohammed Abraheem Sikander, 22 (17.07.98) of Dale Grove, N12, will appear in custody at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 28 June charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon (knife).

He was arrested on Saturday, 26 July.

Enquiries into the circumstances of Mohammad’s murder remain ongoing.

Appeal following fatal collision in Croydon

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

A man has died following a fatal collision between a car and a motorcycle in Croydon.

Police were called to the junction of Gladeside and Woodmere Avenue at 18:12hrs on Saturday, 26 June following reports of a collision involving a scrambler-style motorbike and a silver Volkswagen Touran.

Officers attended with London Ambulance Service paramedics and the London Air Ambulance.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 42-year-old man, had sustained a significant head injury. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 18:45hrs.

His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

The driver of the Volkswagen Touran stopped at the scene and has been spoken to by officers. There have been no arrests.

An investigation is under way and officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dash cam or doorbell footage from nearby roads, to come forward.

Information can be provided by the calling the appeal line on 0208 285 1574 or call 101.

Appeal to trace missing man – Caversham, Reading

Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a missing man from Caversham.

Joel Welham, aged 27 was last seen in Priory Avenue , Caversham this evening.

He is a white man, large build, 6ft 1 ins tall, with dark brown hair and a beard. He was wearing a dark green T-shirt, baggy jeans and was carrying a rucksack.

He is known to the Caversham area and frequents View Island near Caversham Lock or Caversham Court.

Investigating officer, Inspector Jim Craig based at Reading police station, said: “We are appealing for the public’s help in tracing Joel.

“We are concerned for his welfare and would ask anyone who may have seen him or knows where he is to please get in touch.

“Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 1801 27/6/21.”


Investigation ongoing following serious incident – Milton Keynes

Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is today (27/6) continuing it’s enquiries following a serious incident at Denmead, Two Mile Ash, Milton Keynes.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) are also carrying out their own independent investigation.

Formal coronial and identification processes have not yet taken place at this time in relation to the two men who sadly died following this incident.

A young boy was taken to hospital where they remain in a serious condition.

The families involved have requested privacy at this difficult time. 

A scene watch will remain in place for a number of days.

Thames Valley Police Assistant Chief Constable Christian Bunt, said: “Our Major Crime Unit continue to investigate the circumstances of this tragic incident.

“At this time we are not in a position to provide further detail on the exact circumstances of this investigation and it would not be helpful to speculate on why this incident occurred and the full investigations by ourselves and the IOPC will need to run their course.

 “The families involved in this tragic incident continue to be offered support by Thames Valley Police and the IOPC.

“Members of the public will continue to see an increased police presence in the area as we continue to make our enquiries. We would again ask anyone who wishes to raise concerns then please do so to one of our uniformed officers.

“We are aware the investigation is causing some disruption to those who live in the area, we are offering support to them and I would like to thank them for their patience.

“Our thoughts remain with the families and all of those who have been affected by the events of yesterday.”


Hanscom AFB team supports ‘revolutionary’ zero trust effort

Source: United States Air Force

Personnel from the AFNet Sustainment and Operations Branch at Hanscom Air Force Base are partnering with the Air Combat Command Directorate of Cyberspace and Information Dominance to develop a modern software-based perimeter that will deliver zero trust capabilities to applications across the Air Force.

Six arrests following protests in central London

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Six people have been arrested following protests in central London this morning (Sunday, 27 June).

At around 06:40hrs, a group of protesters emptied manure from a truck outside a commercial property in Young Street, Kensington. They climbed scaffolding on the outside of the building and hung banners from it.

Police arrested five people for an offence under Section 148 of the Highways Act. Four of the five were also arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

At around 08:00hrs, a 54-year-old man attempted to empty manure from a truck onto the pavement outside a commercial premises in Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria.

Had he succeeded, it would have caused disruption to employees and members of the public.

Proactive police intervention prevented him from dumping the manure. He was arrested for an offence under Section 148 of the Highways Act and on suspicion of dangerous driving.

All six people remain in custody. 

A significant policing operation is ongoing across London ahead of the planned demonstrations today.

Man charged in connection with serious assault – Slough

Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police

A man has been charged with one count of Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent in connection with an incident in Slough on Friday (25/6).

Warner Goncalves, aged 21, of Tweed Road, Slough, was arrested yesterday (26/6) and charged this morning.

The charge is in relation to an incident in Tweed Road at around 10pm on Friday when a man, aged 20, was stabbed in the chest.

The victim was taken to hospital with a serious, but not life threatening injury, where he remains at this time.

Goncalves will appear before Reading Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning.

Anybody with any information relating to the incident is urged to call 101, quoting reference number 43210280955, or make a report online.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Appeal for witnesses following assault – Wokingham

Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a man suffered a stab wound in an assault in Wokingham.

At just after 1.30am on Saturday (26/6), police were called to reports of a disturbance at an address in Norton Road at the junction with Denmark Street.

During the altercation, which occurred between 12.30am and 1.30am, a 37-year-old man was assaulted, suffering a stab wound.

The victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries for treatment, and remains in hospital at this time.

A 40-year-old woman from Wokingham was arrested on suspicion of Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent and has since been released on conditional police bail until 17 July.

Investigating officer Detective Constable David Hill, of the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit based at Reading police station, said: “I would appeal to anybody who was in the vicinity of Norton Road or Denmark Street at around 1.30am on Saturday morning and who witnessed this incident to please contact 101, quoting reference number 43210281084.

“Alternatively, you can make a report online or call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“I would also ask anybody who was driving in the area to please check their dash-cams and contact police if it has captured anything that can assist the investigation.

“Similarly, if anybody has any CCTV footage, again, please get in touch with us.”

“This was very much an isolated incident and the offender and victim are believed to be known to each other, and there is no wider threat to the local community.”