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Police: Indignity

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Working as a police officer has forced me to be a part of some of the most unbelievable indignities I’ve ever seen and I wasn’t a willing participant in many of them – and unfortunately the worst of them have been mental health related incidents. After almost eighteen years of experience, I’ve seen and done some things I’d really rather not have seen and it’s influenced my thinking about what I believe we should be trying to achieve here.  

I wanted to share just some of them with you —

  • I don’t want to see a complete, unequivocal end to the use of police custody as a Place of Safety under the Mental Health Act because it saves the custody officer some grief – it’s absolutely degrading to see someone in distress in custody where they have done nothing wrong. In many cases it is also legally degrading and no-one should pretend that cases like MS v UK aren’t being repeated in the United Kingdom notwithstanding the court’s ruling. I’ve seen several such cases since that judgment and I’ve flagged every single one...

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Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Military: MILBABE

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Fire: Quenchfire is no longer an accredited reseller installer of Plumis Automist

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Quenchfire is no longer an accredited reseller installer of Plumis Automist. If you require Automist installation or maintenance services in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and the Oxfordshire area please contact:

Fire: Elite Fire Safety is no longer an accredited reseller installer of Plumis Automist

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Elite Fire Safety is no longer an accredited reseller installer of Plumis Automist. If you require Automist installation or maintenance services in the London area please contact.

Fire: Matt Wrack speaks at Take Back Manchester – protest Tory conference

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

To coincide with this years Conservative party conference Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, spoke at a protest organised by the People’s Assembly in Manchester.

In his speech Matt Wrack warns that Jeremy Corbyn, the newly elected Labour leader, will face continued attacks in order to undermine the campaign for a genuine, anti-austerity, socialist country and that campaigners should begin organising amongst themselves.

In the speech he says: “We’re often told that in politics its all about managing things and all the big ideas are in the past. Well I think that’s false. There is nothing wrong about having ideals .The idea that we could live in a world that isn’t run in the interests of profits for the tiny minority but run democratically for the majority that challenges poverty, unemployment, low pay and the threat of climate change.”

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Police: National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015 (10-17 October)

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

What is Hate Crime?

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Incidents of hate crime can be motivated by race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

Victims can be subjected to physical assaults or suffer damage to their property. They may also experience the threat of an attack or verbal abuse.

National statistics from the Home Office have revealed that there were 44,480 incidents of hate crime recorded by the police in 2013/14 – an increase of five per cent on the previous year.

We have invited three guests to write about hate crime and what they have done to help raise awareness and stamp it out:

  • Steve Rose, from Faith Matters, an organisation which works towards peace and creating community cohesion and conflict resolution through interfaith dialogue, writes about how they are supporting Muslims who are targeted because of their faith.
  • • Read the account of Anne Novis MBE, who has collated and presented evidence for the United Nations, on the abuse of disabled people.
  • Jack Gilbert, CEO of Rainbow Hamlets, which is building lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans life in Tower Hamlets, shares his views with us.


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
An interesting scene recently at Newcastle Crown Court where a prolific offender verbally abused an Asian Crown Court Judge led to HH stating that the foul outburst by said offender was disregarded in his sentencing decision.  In my limited consideration this soft approach to a reprehensible thug is not to be applauded.  Notwithstanding underlying judicial considerations to be alert to prison over population in a matter such as this in open court it does little to indicate what should be  our correct reaction to such contempt for judicial authority; namely that that piece of trash should have been charged with contempt and brought before another court that very day.


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
With the prison system falling apart, a once proud and efficient probation service on its knees, a legal defence programme breaking down, family courts under increasing pressure from litigants in person, undertaking civil actions beyond the financial reach of many  and a police service hardly fit for purpose  we should be pleased because Michael Gove has allowed books back into prisons and confirms a smoking ban initiated by his unlamented predecessor.  So in the words of the immortal lady, "Let us rejoice!"

Police: Wonderful Stuff

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
This post from a barrister rings horribly true; may I respectfully commend it to your attention?

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