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Fire: Hero school boy receives 'certificate of thanks' for helping community in New Ferry blast

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Hero school boy receives in New Ferry blast


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
A certain D. Trump persuaded me that rather than taking a trip on a Mississippi river boat my holiday spending power would be more welcome at points in an easterly direction.  The desert awaits so all being well this page will be updated in a couple of weeks.


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Many times here I have castigated the refusal of our overlords to consider compulsory rehab for addicts so that the court system is finally avoided for those 70% who are repeatedly offending in order to finance their habit be it narcotics or alcohol or both.However I doubt we`ll see that initiative for many a long decade. A perfect example was in front of Kirklees Magistrates this week. Whilst he is deserving of pity the public must be protected.  I cannot believe that the costs of re hab would exceed the costs of prison including a reduction in future offending and all that that would save.  Indeed with new prisons on the horizon existing establishments could be converted to such hostels and these being mainly in cities family ties would have a real possibility of being restored between addict and parents/partners/children.


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Almost seven years ago after Labour was thrown out of government the decision to impose identity cards for all was rescinded by Mrs T. May the new Home Secretary. Libertarians and perhaps many others not so single minded about retaining their privacy in an increasingly big brother state were extremely pleased at that announcement. Identity Cards for all, a policy so fervently espoused by successive Labour Home Secretaries, are now history or so we hope but the problem of privacy for the citizen didn`t begin in this century.

In late December 2008 I was sitting on a case...

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Police: Medicalising and Criminalising

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So, we’re still discussing the fallout of Sir Tom Winsor’s comments almost one week after they were made.  A few of us have blogged our thoughts on this and many of you have commented on those posts and social medica more generally.  We all share a view that there is a problem, but I’m not sure we share what it is, never mind a shared sense of what we should do about it.  Some people have spent the week arguing that we are criminalising mental health and mental illness by relying upon the police to the extent that we do, but what I think has been interesting this week is the number of representations that we’ve got this the wrong way ’round: we’re not criminalising illness, we’re medicalising human behaviours.

Look at the literature on this stuff and you’ll see both positions well represented.  The US academic Professor Linda Teplin did a lot of work in the 90s arguing about criminalisation; another US professor, Allan Horwitz wrote a book called ‘creating mental illness’ which argued we...

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Fire: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service urges public to be water aware

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Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service urges public to be water aware

Fire: Company flouting fire regulations fined

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A Manchester company that breached numerous fire regulations has been ordered to pay more than £65,000 in fines and court costs.

T&A Textiles & Hosiery Ltd put its workers at risk at its warehouse in Newton Heath and was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court following a prosecution by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority.

T&A Fire exit sign - wall of boxes.jpg

Specialist officers inspected the site in July 2014 as part of a multiagency operation led by Home Office Immigration officers.

The inspection revealed that a large warehouse on the site had:

-          No working fire alarm

-          All emergency exits either locked or blocked with no emergency lighting

-          Thousands of cardboard boxes with no clear breaks between stock or walkways for workers to escape

Officers also found that due to the layout of stock, a fire would develop quickly and would further reduce the likelihood workers could escape alive.

T&A Boxes blocking exit route.jpg

Elizabeth Dudley Jones, prosecuting for the GMFRA, told the court: “There were severe deficiencies in...

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Police: BE A J.P. IN WIGAN

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
There is a shortage of magistrates in Wigan.  The local paper has published the following statement from Liz Truss to encourage applicants.  I wonder how much is still applicable to today`s situation. 

The Lord Chancellor Liz Truss said: “The involvement of lay people - recruited from a cross-section of our society - is a central principle in the administration of justice. It helps safeguard our citizens, with crucial decisions affecting an individual’s liberty being decided not by officials of the state - but by an independent bench of trained magistrates drawn from the local...

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Police: Drones flying into prisons to be examined by new Police team

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The Prison Service and police are to pool intelligence to stop drones flying drugs and mobile phones to prison inmates in England and Wales.
They will forensically examine captured drones to try to find out who was flying them.
The invention of easy-to-fly, remote-controlled aircraft has caused a huge security headache for prisons.
But critics have called the plan a "red herring" to distract people from "chaos and crisis" in prisons.
The national initiative will see police and prison officers share information about the quadcopters and methods used.
Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said: "We are absolutely determined to tackle the illegal flow of drugs and mobile phones into our prisons and turn them into places of safety and reform.
"The threat posed by drones is clear but our dedicated staff are committed to winning the fight against those who are attempting to thwart progress by wreaking havoc in establishments all over the country.
"My message to those who ...

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Fire: Enjoy yourself, but take care around water

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Keeping yourself safe around water is the message from fire chiefs at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

Crews across Greater Manchester have rescued more than 235 people from water since January 2013.

Paul Etches, Head of Prevention, said: “We don’t want to dampen anyone’s fun, but we really want to make sure that you’re safe.

“Even if it is a warm day, water can still be very cold and cause cramp and breathing difficulties which can affect your ability to swim and get out of trouble.

“Water can be far deeper and stronger than people think and there are unknown hazards that lie beneath the surface.”

24 people died as a result of getting into trouble in water over the last three years.


Paul added: “Water can be tempting especially when the weather is good, but the consequences can be fatal. Roughly half of people who drown had no intention of entering water in the first place.

“Please only swim somewhere safe, such as a swimming pool, but if you do see someone in an emergency,...

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