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Military: British Veterans National Defence Medal (NDM)

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally


The cost of archive retrieval of personal records, put out to contract at £25.00 a time, has been responsible for the failure of Government to recognise millions of veterans.

Whilst the Nation was commemorating 100 years since the beginning of the First World War and reaffirming their promise that ‘we will never forget’, the government chose to bury the bad news that a National Defence Medal (NDM) would not be awarded to all those servicemen and women who had kept the Nation, its territories and its interests safe and secure since the ending of the Second World War as it would cost too much.

In 2008 David Cameron, promised a review of all outstanding military medal claims and that the Honours and Decorations Committee, responsible for making recommendations on the institution of medals, would become more transparent.  As Prime Minister he directed, in 2011, the Ministry of Defence to carry out the long over due medal review.

The review turned...

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Military: MILBABE

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Police: Serotonin Syndrome

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

If you are a police officer who has ever used s136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, have you ever heard of serotonin syndrome and would you know how to recognise this potentially fatal condition which can have a rapid onset? No, me neither. I read this week about the inquest into the death in York in 2011 of Toni SPECK who died in police cells having been taken there as a Place of Safety. At that time, there were no other options for the North Yorkshire Police officers who encountered her at that time and she died after the arresting officers, the custody sergeant and the custody nurse failed to identify that she needed urgent hospital treatment for serotonin toxicity.

In a narrative verdict, the inquest jury decided that it was not reasonable to expect any of the police officers involved to have spotted indications of this condition, precisely because of the nature of its presentation relative to their skill base and training. However, the jury did decide that the custody nurse should have recognised the signs in police cells when...

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Ambulance: Goodbye to a good man

Written by RSS Poster Xf
I've had plenty to write about but have lost the heart to write it in the past year. You know how much we are being crushed under the weight of it all. Too many people need (or think they need) an ambulance and there's far too few of us to help them.

This post isn't about all that and I may just possibly find the impulse to post regularly again next year, we'll see.

I'm posting to say thank you to Sahib Lalli, the police officer who died last week at a young age. My colleagues were unable to save him and I guess that's where our territories divide; greater powers than us decide the outcome, especially for the best of us.

I knew this officer, as I do many of the men and women who work the West End of London. I have spent many hours over the years chatting to the people of the Met and finding out just how human they are... and how vulnerable at times.

Of course, opinions vary when it comes to what we think of our police officers but, as a front line professional, I've needed them and they've needed me on so many occasions that you simply cannot distinguish some of them from your own family.

So, here's to you PC Sab Lal; rest in peace.


Military: I’m sorry but this STTT is Reserved…

Written by RSS Poster The Official British Army Blog
Musician Tom Cudworth is an Army Reservist cornet/trumpet player with The Band of The Yorkshire Regiment and a full-time student at York St John University, studying for a degree in Music Performance. He is currently in Ethiopia as a member of the latest Corps of Army Music Short Term Training Team, coaching musicians for the Ethiopian […]


Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally


Military: MILBABE

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Fire: Weather results in high volume of calls

Written by RSS Poster News

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service received 126 calls from 12pm to 3pm on Sunday, November 29, as the county was hit by high winds and heavy rain.

Resources were widely deployed across the region as crews responded to a range of incidents including fallen trees which had landed on properties and vehicles, damaged buildings, dislodged chimney stacks and road blockages.

The roof of shops on Moorfield Avenue in Denton was blown off. The premises were evacuated as fire crews worked to make the area safe and cordons were put in place.

At Irlam Square, in Salford, a 50ft tree fell onto a block of flats. Fire crews treated one woman for shock and worked with the local authority to evacuate the building and make it safe.

A number of chimney stacks were damaged or dislodged by the high winds, requiring firefighters to remove them in a number of cases to prevent further danger to the public.

David Acton, chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “The stormy weather has stretched the fire service to...

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Written by RSS Poster The Thin Blue Line

My thanks go to Dr Rodger Patrick, renowned expert on crime statistics, and the noble The Earl of Lytton for his recent speech to the Committee on Standards in Public Life on 23rd November 2015.

Dr Patrick's written evidence to the Home Affairs Committee looking into crime statistics can be viewed here:

The Earl of Lytton's full speech and responses can be seen by clicking this link :- 

The speech follows on from the investigations following the death of Georgia Williams in West Mercia. Whilst having every sympathy for the family and sharing their view on the IPCC, scapegoating the officers involved is unlikely to have any impact on the 'gaming' behaviours they have been employing (cuffing a criminal damage to an RTC and the inappropriate use of non judicial disposals). The problem as we know is organisational in...

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Ambulance: Words of a not so junior doctor

Written by RSS Poster Garth Marenghi
Sadly despite our common goal of improving NHS care, talks between our union, the BMA, and government broke down many months ago due for reasons which have yet to become fully clear.  Recently the overtly hostile and aggressive mode of the government’s ongoing threat of unilateral contract imposition upon junior doctors has been particularly morale sapping and depressing to endure.  After all

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