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Battleford RCMP constable under investigation for excessive use of force during arrest

RCMP are investigating allegations of excessive use of force by a Battleford constable in connection with the arrest of a 40-year-old man in the spring.The constable is the subject of an internal code of conduct investigation, RCMP announced Thursday. In addition, Prince Albert city police will investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest on May 14.Under the RCMP Act, an incident in which the actions of a member may have constituted a federal or provincial offence are to be investigated by an external police force.According to RCMP, the 40-year-old man was arrested on May 14 by a Battleford constable after a report of a man causing a public disturbance. A second RCMP constable responded to the scene to help with the arrest.While the man was handcuffed and lying on the ground, “a physical altercation occurred between the second constable and the 40-year-old male,” RCMP said in a statement.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“Internal and external complaints were made concerning the level of force used by the second constable during the altercation.”Battleford RCMP reviewed the incident and, on Aug. 16, ordered a statutory investigation as well as an RCMP code of conduct investigation.The constable has been suspended from duty with pay pending the conclusions of the two investigations, according to RCMP.The 40-year-old man did not report any injuries as a result of the incident, RCMP said. read more

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Postboxes sealed up over security fears after postman loses keys

A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said new keys were “on order” and apologised for any inconvenience caused Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Councillors have also warned of the disruption to residents in the secluded areas of town who rely on the post box after the closure of numerous nearby post offices in recent years. Barry Palmer, a local Borough Councillor in the South Ward, said: “A lot of the post offices around here have been closing that is the real issue. People rely on their local postbox, especially those in rural areas. Some locals depend on it to get their pensions and for using the bank services in the building. “If you were paying a bill by post then the closure of the postboxes would be desperately urgent. Elderly people will also be inconvenienced until they open again.” The Royal Mail said it hoped to “re-open the boxes soon” and in the meantime customers could drop off mail at any Post Office branch.The affected boxes, which include one on the seafront, have been covered with a note from the firm explaining the situation.A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “We can confirm that unfortunately ten postboxes on Canvey Island are currently out of service after the keys were misplaced. Royal Mail would like to sincerely apologise to customers for the inconvenience this may cause. New keys are on order. We hope to reopen the boxes soon.” A number of Royal Mail postboxes in a rural town have been sealed up over “security fears” after a postman is believed to have lost the keys to open them.The 10 boxes on Canvey Island, in Essex, have been taken out of use following concerns that the original keys could be used to gain access to public mail.A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said new keys were “on order” and apologised for any inconvenience caused while the firm awaits replacements.But local Councillors have urged that “precautions” be taken to ensure that only those with authorisation can enter the postboxes in the meantime.David Thomas, a Castle Point Councillor and a Royal Mail employee, told The Echo: “Yes, I can confirm a set of keys have gone missing. All post boxes were cleared of mail using a spare set of keys and then all affected boxes were sealed up as a security measure.”“As the original keys went missing the boxes cannot be used because someone in the public domain may have these keys and could gain access to people’s mail. As security of the mail is paramount, this precaution needs to be taken to prevent anyone, not authorised, gaining access to anyone else’s mail,” he added. A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said new keys were “on order” and apologised for any inconvenience causedCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA read more