SIRT–Domestic Violence Charge Against Halifax Regional Police Officer ————————————————————–The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) laid a charge against a member of the Halifax Regional Police today, Jan. 24. Const. Desmond Lambert, 41, is charged with assaulting his wife on Jan. 3. At about 8:30 a.m. that day, a woman called 911 from an Armdale home to report an assault. Halifax Regional Police responded to the home and arrested a male officer. He is to appear in Halifax provincial court on Feb. 19. In accordance with the Police Act, the Halifax Regional Police immediately referred the incident to the Serious Incident Response Team, which assumed responsibility for the investigation. SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The team can independently launch an investigation, or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. A public report summarizing the results of the investigation must be filed within three months after it is finished.
A commuter train carrying around 2,000 passengers exceeded a speed limit by 70mph, according to an official report.The London Midland train was travelling through Queen’s Park in north-west London when the incident occurred, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said.Investigators said the number of passengers on board meant it had the potential to be “very serious”.The train was driven by one of London Midland’s driver managers, who are responsible for managing groups of train drivers.He had recently joined the company and was being assessed by another driver manager. Neither of them was aware a speed limit had been broken until they arrived at their final destination, London Euston.An emergency 5mph limit had been imposed due to a crack in a set of points, but the driver sped through the area at 75mph.The report stated that he did not slow down as he had “misunderstood” the location of the restriction in an email. Trackside warnings were provided on approach to the restricted speed limit, the report said. Library imageCredit:Scott Barbour/Getty Details were also given on a notice where he arrived for work and trackside warnings were provided on the approach.The speed limit was broken at 8.28am on Tuesday, January 5 and the train involved was the 7.39am service from Bletchley in Buckinghamshire.No one was injured, there was no further damage to the track and no impact on the train, which continued its journey to London Euston.The RAIB made three recommendations to London Midland in a bid to enhance the training of driver managers, improve the communication of safety critical information and to implement a means of quickly identifying the driver of any train.Three learning points were also identified concerning the importance of managers fully preparing before driving trains, the need for driving assessors to prepare as if they were driving the train and the use of unambiguous words in safety communications. 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.