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Police: KNIFE CRIME AGAIN

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
So..........here we go again just like clockwork..........a government promising to go down hard on those carrying  knives.  We`ve been here so often before that it appears to be a right of passage for newly installed ministers at Justice to proudly announce their latest attempt to make our streets safer although no one name is associated with this latest pronouncement.  

This was just one of previous attempts to deter and/or punish those caught on the streets.  For the numbers watchers reading this a comparison between last year`s and current figures might be of interest. The arguments, however, will not go away.  The Met Commissioner recently expressed his opinion that reduction in stop and search has hampered his force`s ability to take weapons off the streets.  Before the last Holyrood election in Scotland where the SNP won a majority Scottish Labour had promised prison for all knife carriers.  That proposed policy did not go down well with police in Scotland.  I would be surprised if south of the Wall opinions differ.


Fire: All members circular | Pay: National Joint Council settlement 2015

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Dear Brother/Sister

Pay: National Joint Council settlement 2015

In a recent circular (2015HOC0359MW) we set out the offer on pay from the Fire Service Employers and the recommendation made by the Executive Council in relation to this. I can inform you that following discussion and consultation through our branch and committee structure the Executive Council was in a position to agree the proposed increase. I attach the two NJC circulars detailing the increases to pay rates and to CPD payments.

Pay squeeze cannot continue

The new Westminster government has already made clear that it intends to continue to squeeze public sector pay as was done under the coalition government. This has left workers across the public sector, including firefighters, suffering falling living standards alongside the numerous other attacks on conditions of service. This is a matter which needs to be discussed within the FBU and across all trade unions organising public sector workers with a view to...

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Police: Learning to adapt and respond

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson

National Issues

There has been a little gap since the last blog. I have been busy writing a few others for external organisations as we try to influence the direction of the next parliament. Here is one I wrote for the Reform think tank on their report in policing.

There have actually been quite a few reports out on policing. Here are a few of the highlights:

I suspect these will all be thrown into the melting point for Police Reform as we have seen little of the next phase of the government’s change proposals yet. We have been looking at these to see how they impact on WMP2020.

WMP2020

I have two remaining limbs of the Blueprint to outline: Responding and Pace and Ready to Learn and Adapt. I am going to rush through these as we are now moving into a delivery phase which I want to discuss.

Responding at pace is quite simple. We are not yet quite as productive as we can be and that is not through a...

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Military: THE SKRIL OF SORROW

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Military: RED FRIDAY

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Military: MILBABES

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Fire: Keeping thousands of vulnerable people safe from fire

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have signed an agreement to provide advice to a national housing provider on how to keep their organisation and services safe from fire. The Primary Authority agreement involves providing fire safety advice to Home Group, which houses over 120,000 people a year, many of whom are classed as vulnerable. The Primary Authority scheme was first introduced by the Government in 2008 to help reduce regulatory burden on businesses. It allows businesses to deal with one regulatory authority, nationally, rather than individual authorities in different locations. As part of the agreement, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service provides advice and assurance on how to comply with fire safety legislation, whilst also assisting local fire and rescue services when carrying out fire audits at Home Group premises. Home Group is a social enterprise and charity with a turnover of over £325m, managing 55,000 homes in over 200 local...

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Police: CCTV footage released after Manchester city centre attack ukcri.me/62526

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A group of friends were attacked as they left a bar in Manchester city centre.

At around 4am on Tuesday 2 June 2015, the three men aged 21, 22 and 28, left Sakura on Deansgate Locks and were stood on the opposite side of the road near to Rebellion Bar and the ramp leading up to Deansgate strain station.

They were approached by a group of seven men and a woman and were attacked.

The 28-year-old was left with a broken jaw before the offenders ran off.

The group consisted of five black men, one wore a dark sleeveless top with a check pattern over a lighter coloured shirt, two white men, one wore a hooded top with a two toned coloured hood, and a white woman who had blonde pony-tailed hair.

Police have released still images of those they would like to speak to in connection with the incident....

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Fire: East Sussex firefighter seriously ill in hospital after training incident

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

An East Sussex firefighter is very seriously ill in hospital following an incident during a breathing apparatus training session last Thursday, 26 June.

The firefighter was on the fourth day of his initial breathing apparatus training when the incident occurred. He was immediately rushed to hospital, where he remains.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) immediately contacted East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and demanded that the training cease until an investigation had established the circumstances that led to the trainee’s collapse. This request was initially refused but the training has now been halted. The FBU are attempting to work with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that the investigation is thorough.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Our immediate concern is with our member and his family and we are doing everything possible to provide support at this incredibly difficult time. We are of course hoping very much that he makes a full recovery and...

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Fire: Firefighters urge people to act responsibly as dry, warm weather continues

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are appealing to people to act responsibly and stay safe as the warm, dry weather is set to continue. 

As the temperatures rise there has also been a rise in the number of grass and forestry fires in the county over the past few days, and with the weather expected to remain warm into next week, the Service is urging people to take care, especially in the countryside. 

Thetford Forest - July 2015

Head of Community Fire Protection at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Richard Herrell said: "We are currently experiencing a hot, dry spell which many people like to enjoy in the outdoors. However, our message is please follow our advice and stay safe this summer. 

“The Fire and Rescue Service is increasingly attending incidents involving grass and forestry fires, the majority of which are accidental but some are unfortunately deliberate. 

“During the warm weather there is also a tendency for people to seek places to swim, some of which can be dangerous. I would therefore...

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