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Police: Carol celebrates the big ‘four-oh’ by taking on the London Marathon

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Sheffield mum Carol Speight is aiming to celebrate turning 40 years old by running Sunday’s London Marathon for the first time. We asked her some quick questions about why she’s choosing the Marathon as her challenge – and why Crimestoppers…

Carol in here Crimestoppers vest

Carol rarely stops fundraising!

Q. So, why the London Marathon?

I’ve lost four stone in recent years, purely from running and eating more healthily.

It’s a long way from my previous life, so I’m well outside my comfort zone!

Q. And why Crimestoppers as your fundraising cause?

I’ve known many people who have been victims of crime – been burgled or had personal possessions stolen, so helping to raise funds for Crimestoppers seemed perfect to me.

Q. How have your colleagues reacted to you taking on the Marathon?

Staff at Matalan, where I work, probably think that I run around far too much! But it’s worth it!

Carol out training for the big day on Sunday

Carol out training for the big day on Sunday

Q. What’s been your main motivation through all the hard...

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Fire: Fire crews to carry out 'hot strike' following major blaze in Washington

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a community engagement initiative in Washington tomorrow (Friday, 21 April) after a former children's play centre was destroyed in a blaze yesterday. (Wednesday, 19 April) At the height of the fire in the former Junglerama building in Victoria Road, Concord, more than 30 firefighters were in attendance. All crews finally left the scene almost six hours after the alarm was raised just after 4.10pm. The fire was extinguished using four main water jets and two Aerial Ladder Platforms. To engage with the community of Washington, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a co-ordinated 'hot strike' in the area, in a bid to increase fire safety awareness and tackle anti-social behaviour. Prevention and Education teams including community advocates, service volunteers and Prince's Trust team members, together with on-duty crews and Fire Safety teams will carry out targeted home safety...

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Police: EX CHAIRMAN OF BRADFORD BENCH CASTIGATES APPEAL COURT

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Lesson one for new magistrates:- do not talk to the media.  It`s that simple. Of course there are so called rules which define the limits of expressing opinions to same but those who`ve been around for a while understand that unless you were in Kingston or Barry or similar situations and your court was being closed and you vented a portion of your spleen to the local journal the chances were that you would be brought before the headmaster and duly chastised.  So often it is the retired J.P. who makes known his/her opinion on a legal topic in the press, TV or social media. Thus it is that the former Chairman of the Bench in Bradford has castigated the Appeal Court for second guessing an original sentence passed by  HHJ Roger Thomas QC the Honorary Recorder of Bradford.The offender`s sentence was reduced from 6 months to 4 months custody.

Ms Carroll is a wise and experienced individual.  There are many more of her ilk active and retired.  More of them should speak up when the situation...

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Police: Inspirational weight-loser David takes on the London Marathon

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

32-year-old David Smith from Poole works for Barclays Bank, and also volunteers as a Special Constable with the police. He’s managed to shed a remarkable seven stone in recent years, and has chosen to run this Sunday’s London Marathon, fundraising for Crimestoppers. Here he answers a couple of quick questions for us…

Dave in his Crimestoppers running vest

Dave in his Crimestoppers running vest

Q. What made you decide to take on the famously gruelling London Marathon?

It was three years ago that I found I couldn’t buy clothes in the high street, and I used to get tired out just from walking around.

I thought ‘enough is enough’.

Q. How do your friends and relatives feel about your challenge?

Family and friends have been very supportive, especially with preparing for the big day in London. Some think I’m being a bit crazy and are quite shocked, but it’s worth it.

I’m grateful for their support whilst fundraising – and would also like to thank Barclays for matching my fundraising effort pound-for-pound.



Police: A LORD CHANCELLOR AND A JUSTICE SECRETARY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
One sure result of the election will surely be the appointment of a new Secretary of State for Justice.  Perhaps in view of recent controversy a separate position of Lord Chancellor will be re - established.


Fire: Prince's Trust pride for young people

Written by RSS Poster News

A group of young people from West Salford have grown in confidence and helped their community thanks to the Prince’s Trust Team programme.

 

The team of five were the latest to graduate from the free scheme that is led and delivered by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service across every borough in the county.

 

At an awards ceremony in the AJ Bell Stadium in front of dignitaries, family and friends, each of the participants gave a five-minute presentation, highlighting their time on the course and their favourite experiences.

 

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12-week personal development course giving young people aged 16 to 25 who are not in employment, education or training the opportunity to learn new skills, complete qualifications and gain greater self-confidence. The Service is now recruiting for other Team Programme’s running across Greater Manchester.

 

Graduating from the most recent course run from Eccles Community Fire Station was Laura Alberdi, 21, Lewis Blair, 20, Melissa Buckley,...

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Police: Now is not the time

Written by RSS Poster McNoddy
A couple of thoughts.....
It would appear that material changes have occurred. I mean why else would we have another General Election after just two years?
I take it Ruth Davidson's bunch will be asking themselves, "How's that day job going?" I also take it the 'walk out' is cancelled.
If I was cynical, I might suggest the dawning true consequences of an inevitable 'hard' Brexit might have destroyed any potential for a Conservative & Unionist Party General Election win in 2020.

"Now is not the time."

BTW - Trident renewal is an anachronistic and abhorrent aberration.

Feel free to spread the joy by joining the SNP today.

Saor Alba

© McNoddy 
Published by Toy Town™ Times


Police: “It’ll be incredible to be part of the world’s largest fundraising challenge”: Kayal’s Marathon

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers
Kayal Velaigam

Kayal in her Crimestoppers running vest

Every year around 40 people run the Virgin Money London Marathon for Crimestoppers. Dedicating much of the winter to training, our runners make huge sacrifices to prepare themselves for the big day. We spoke to first-time London Marathon runner Kayal Velaigam to understand why she chose to run for Crimestoppers, and her feelings around the race itself.

Q. Have you taken part in many races before?

Yes, I’ve run a few – mostly recently I completed the Vitality North London Half Marathon on 12 March. I dance regularly, which helps to keep me healthy and in good shape.

Q. How do you feel about the challenge?

I have mixed feelings at the moment about the big day, ranging from huge excitement to full blown nerves. I think it’ll be incredible to be part of the world’s largest fundraising challenge and to be able to raise funds for such a great cause.

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Police: ACCEPTABLE COMMENTS IN 1957

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
This report of a case at a magistrates` court in 1957 quotes the words of the presiding magistrate or "stipe"...we don`t know which.  I wonder whether such comments would pass today without reprimand from those in authority. 


Ambulance: High Risk

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

The dispatch is for an unresponsive overdose, likely fatality.  We are coming from a fair distance, but we are the only unit available.  There no updates.  No PD dispatcher asking if we are a medic unit or the message that CPR is in progress.  PD and fire have beaten us to the scene, but as we pull in, we know the story.  Friends and family members are gathered outside the triple-decker as word has no doubt gotten around the neighborhood.  The firefighter standing by the engine, nods to us.  A police officer comes out of the house and walks towards his cruiser.  I still grab my red in-house bag and cardiac monitor, and hike up the narrow stairs, and then through the open apartment door, down a hallway and into a bedroom where a man lays back against the bed like he was sitting up, and then just fell immediately backwards.  He has rigor and lividity.  Asystole in all three leads.  I announce the time.  It doesn’t take long to get the picture.  On a small table is a cardboard box, the kind glassine envelopes come in, and...

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