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Police: TRIAL BY JURY:NOT G&S

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

The anomaly of either way offences has once more reached the higher echelons of our justice system. This time the intervention is by "Lady Justice Hallett, who sits on the Court of Appeal,(and who said) that a full jury trial could cost £20,000 for defendants accused of offences such as stealing sweets from a supermarket. She said the Government should ""remove the right to elect trial by jury in cases that simply do not warrant it"". Since the publication of two of my posts from 2009 and 2013 copied below, theft of items with a value of £200 can be tried summarily...

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Fire: Police chief reassures public over 'critical' threat level

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Police chief reassures public over 'critical' threat level

With the UK terror threat level being raised to ‘critical’, Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey has moved to reassure residents. 
Members of the public will be seeing an increased police presence, including armed units, at key locations around the county.

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre raised the threat level last night – meaning an attack not only remains highly likely but a further attack may be imminent.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: "There is no specific intelligence relating to Norfolk however the public would expect us to respond accordingly to this raised threat level. 
"As a result members of the public will see an increased policing presence at key locations – primarily those with high-footfall and we are reviewing key events over the coming weeks.

"Military personnel are not currently being deployed – but the threat assessment is continuously under review.”

"I would ask the public to...

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Police: FINED FOR WALKING HIS DOG

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
They do things differently in the Isle of Man.  It does seem ludicrous that this council has a bye law prohibiting dogs from walking on a grassed unused sports field.  And I`m not a pet owner.


Fire: Firefighters help raise over £40,000 for charity in World Record Rugby Challenge

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Firefighters help raise over £40,000 for charity in World Record Rugby Challenge


Fire: Plumis Automist facilitates flat conversion in London

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Automist from Plumis, an LABC Registered and cost effective alternative to sprinkler systems was recently used in the conversion of a ground floor flat in Crouch End, Haringey, London into two separate flats, one of which incorporated a 27m long basement space. Building Control officers insisted that, in order to meet fire regulations, a fire suppression system like Automist that offers full room, active fire suppression should be used. The alternative would have been to install staircases in the light wells as a means of escape in the event of a fire. Mr S. Perkins, the owner of the property was reluctant to do this. “This was because it would have meant substantially enlarging the light well space, thereby reducing the internal space. And this would have seriously compromised the aesthetic of the project.”


The traditional alternative was to install sprinklers but, for this, additional building works would have been necessary in the already completed flats. Furthermore, a discharge would have...

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Fire: Plumis Automist Smartscan provides alternative to enclosed lobby in Hitchin loft conversion

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
A Plumis Automist Smartscan system was installed recently in a loft conversion in Hitchin, Hertfordshire in order to facilitate the retention of the open plan living space. For this kind of contemporary, open space design Building Regulations demand that a protected enclosed stairwell is provided or they require the use of alternative compensatory measures such as sprinklers.

The property owner, Matt Newis was reluctant to install sprinklers because of the potential water damage to his home should the sprinklers be activated. He was recommended to consider the Plumis device and did some research on the internet. He was fully satisfied that it would fulfil his requirements as a more usable alternative to sprinklers, so he contacted his local approved Automist installer, Creative In/Exteriors Ltd. LABC registered Automist Smartscan is a modern alternative to a fire sprinkler system. Instead of the typical ceiling-mounted sprinkler head, this device consists of a...

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Fire: Plumis Automist facilitates open plan design in terraced property

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Plumis Automist has been used to provide an innovative, best value fire protection solution in a loft conversion in a terraced property in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire. Creative In/Exteriors, the local accredited Automist installers, installed the system to facilitate a contemporary open plan design whilst at the same time complying with Building Regulations. The means of escape was on the ground floor onto an open plan kitchen and dining room and as a compensatory alternative Building Regulations required an active fire suppression system such as sprinklers. The property owner was disinclined to do this because of budget considerations and the danger of accidental discharge which could seriously affect the fabric of the property and the fixtures and fittings. A suggested alternative was to create an enclosed lobby using a fire door but, equally, Mr Evans was reluctant to compromise the open plan design. A third option was to reconfigure the staircase but this would have proved expensive and...

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Fire: Plumis Automist used to protect a Grade II listed Gatehouse

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Plumis Automist was used to comply with building regulations and to provide unobtrusive fire protection in the Grade II listed Gatehouse Lodge, near Grantham in the Lincolnshire Vales. The Lodge had been rescued recently from dereliction and has been sensitively restored with a mix of original and contemporary features. The system was installed in the kitchen area to the front of the property because the escape route from the 1st floor came down into this small room, meaning that it was not protected as required in Approved Document B


The owners were reluctant to have sprinklers fitted because of the damage to the fabric of the period property and to the new fixtures and fittings the release of water would cause if they were activated. They had looked at the Plumis website and assessed that Automist would perfectly suit their requirements. Newflame Ltd of Peterborough is the Accredited Automist Installer for the region and Richard Scotcher recommended a wall mounted spray-head. 




Ambulance: New Brands

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

I called a meeting of the heroin dealers of Hartford at the pavilion in Pope Park. I had no authority to call the meeting since I am neither a heroin dealer nor affiliated with anyone who is.  I just felt like things had hit a critical point where something had to be said.  I admit I was disappointed when no dealers showed.  True about forty men and a smattering of women did come.  They were of various races and tended to dress similarly, hoodies and flat brimmed baseball hats.  But they all assured me they had nothing to do with dealing drugs.  They were opposed to it.  They just came out because they were interested in why I thought there was so much heroin dealing going on in their city.

What are you serious? I said.  Look around.  Just look at the ground.  See all those ripped bags in the grass.  Pick them up, look at them.  Kong, Amazing, Predator.  Howl.  Those are what the dealers package their heroin in.  (I’ll be talking more about those in a minute.)  And look over there, there’s a syringe not 100 feet from...

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Police: BOSS:WORKER WAGE RATIO

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace


During this relaxing if somewhat chilly  weekend I had no intentions of putting any opinions on line until I re read news of retiring managers and bosses with eye watering pension pots of £millions plus often large amounts in shares and stock options. Now in the case of  obviously successful businessmen and entrepreneurs in the mould of Richard Branson or Alan Sugar I would wish such people well to consider the disposal of the results of a lifetime`s risk in creating success. But many such pay offs are to managers, perhaps of exceptional ability, who have increased the wealth of...

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