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England goes smoke free

ON SUNDAY 1st July 2007, all public places and workplaces became smoke-free in England.

This new law has been introduced to protect the public and employees from the dangers of second hand smoke. Every time someone breathes in second hand smoke, they breathe in over 4,000 chemicals, many are highly toxic and more than 50 are known to cause cancer.

Medical and scientific evidence shows that exposure to second hand smoke increases the risk of serious medical conditions such as lung cancer, heart disease, asthma attacks, childhood respiratory disease, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and reduced lung function. Scientific evidence also shows that ventilation does not eliminate the risks to health of second hand smoke in enclosed places. The only way to provide effective protection is to prevent people breathing in second hand smoke in the first place. This is why the Government is introducing the new smoke free law.

How this will be enforced Someone caught smoking in a smoke free premises or work vehicle can be issued an on-the-spot fine of 50, or up to 200 if this is taken to court.

The manager/owner of premises that fails to display no smoking signs can be given an on-the-spot fine of 200, or up to 1000 if they are convicted. The manager/owner of premises that fail to enforce the smoking ban can receive a fine of up to 2500 if convicted in court.

For more information about the smoking ban, please visit: www.smokefreeengland.co.uk

Security alert codes

FOLLOWING the recent car bomb plots in central London, and Glasgow airport, the national security threat level was raised to critical. This reflected a heightened state of alert, and suggested that a terrorist attack was expected imminently.

You will have seen an increased number of Police Officers on patrol, both to reassure the public, and to act as a deterrent to criminal activity.

This threat level has since been reduced to severe, sugessting an attack is still likely, but is not expected imminently.

Members of the public should still remain vigilant, and report any suspcious items or behaviour immediately. Remember, If you suspect it, report it.

�� in an emergency call 999
�� call the anti-terrorism hotline on 0800 789 321 to report any suspicious activity Guide to National Threat Levels:
�� Low - an attack is unlikely
�� Moderate - an attack is possible, but not likely
�� Substantial - an attack is a strong possibility
�� Severe - an attack is highly likely
�� Critical - an attack is expected imminently

City turn out in force for Tour de France

AROUND 200 City of London police officers joined officers from the Met and BTP to ensure the 189 riders in the Tour de France - the world's leading cycling event - had a smooth ride through the City on Sunday 8th July.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the streets throughout London as the world's top cyclists set off from The Mall to pedal through the capital. They passed iconic landmarks, including St Pauls Cathedral and Tower Bridge, on route to the official start at Greenwich, cheered by large crowds along City streets.
The riders then headed south through Woolwich, Abbey Wood and Erith, before leaving London for Kent and the nail-biting Stage 1 finish in Canterbury, won by Robbie McEwen of Australia.

Chief Inspector Amanda Pearson, in charge of the City policing operation, said: "It was a very successful event, the officers worked extremely hard and rose to the challenge of policing a fast-moving event with thousands of spectators lining the route.

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