The programme aims to support older victims, and raise awareness of scams more widely to help empower older people to feel more confident at spotting and avoiding scams. Running over a 12-month period across six London boroughs, the programme includes three core elements:
Awareness raising sessions for an audience of older people, friends and family
One to one sessions for older people who are vulnerable and at...
Amongst the qualities required for appointment as a magistrate when I applied was common sense. Those two words were actually written in the application form. That quality is not indicated at all in the current application form or notes which include the following:-
You need to show you’ve got the right personal qualities, for example that you are:
aware of social issues
mature, understand people and have a sense of fairness
reliable and committed to serving the community
You also need to be able to:
understand documents, follow evidence and communicate effectively
think logically, weigh up arguments and reach a fair decision
When I made an official inquiry many years ago as to why this personal quality was omitted I was told that what might be "common" to some people might not be common to others who were immigrants or unfamiliar with the mores of this country and would therefore be at a disadvantage. British citizenship is not a requirement to sit as a J.P.; a rule with which I profoundly...
According to the folklore of Hollywood and of Western movies prior to the mid fifties native Americans often described the black hatted white villain as speaking with forked tongue and of course the reference was to snakes. Today we would describe the activity as saying one thing and acting in a totally opposite fashion i.e. being an out and out liar. Now to accuse a Chief Constable who is head of professional standards for the National Police Chiefs Council of terminological inexactitude might perhaps be going a little too far but contrast two statements in the public domain made by this man. On the website of the NPCC amongst other things the above mentioned Chief Constable Martin Jelley wrote in 2016,
"We will not tolerate corrupt officers or staff and it is vital that we respond swiftly and robustly to incidences of sexual misconduct. “After reviews by Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in 2012, police chiefs committed to doing more to root...
I recently passed a professional and personal milestone, having joined the police service twenty years ago and I hope to receive an email soon outlining I’ve qualified for a Long Service, Good Conduct medal. All things being as they were supposed to be, this would mean I’ve got just ten years left to do before I retire from the service but it will probably end up being about eleven and a half because of pension changes forced upon me and I’ve long since started questioning whether we’ll actually get to the position I want us to be in by the time I do retire. So this post just puts those thoughts down and I’ll look again in a decade as I start to wrap this all up and get on with what’s left of my life.
I started properly piling in to policing and mental health about fifteen years ago, when a Chief Superintendent in West Midlands Police was seeking officers from Birmingham who were interested in doing some extra work to improve policies and procedures across the city, following the merger of two mental health...
Ex magistrate Richard Page is continuing his protest at being sacked from office by suing the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice. This is a very interesting and important case because the outcome will be significant to all who hold what some would describe as intolerant religious beliefs. It is not unlikely that the many Muslim magistrates who statistically would hold similar beliefs are watching closely. A brief perusal of a much more detailed post of 18th March 2016 predicting such a development might assist some in understanding the origin of this situation.
Being free to offend is a fundamental right for a democratic society in order for that society to continue being democratic. Until recently the law in this country was the antithesis to that concept. 1st February 2014 saw the end to s.5 (1) Public Order Act thus decriminalising insulting words or behaviour in the hearing or sight of someone likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. For "distress" read offend and many who would stifle debate have emerged as latter day Mary Whitehouses seeking to show that current fears of internet trolls are a direct result of such freedom. There is a coherent argument that the enormous increase in anti semitism disguised as anti Zionism can be attributed to that change in the law. Nevertheless we are all better off by facing down such arguments than prosecuting them. I am a collector of political cartoons and for me an interesting example on this subject occurred recently in New Zealand. The original source document should be compulsory reading for all who have an opinion one way or another on whether there should be prohibition of what some would describe as offensive material and the right to publish such.
Michelle and Corkhill from Killingworth have been presented with a Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority's Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award, for rescuing an elderly neighbour, Mr Miller from a house fire.
On Thursday 31st August last year, Michaela and Andrew went to their car in Killingworth, Newcastle, to drive to work when Andrew thought he smelled smoke. He looked up and saw thick smoke pouring from his neighbour's upstairs room and the neighbour shouting for help from the window.
Mr Corkhill ran to his garage to get a ladder to rescue him but found the ladder couldn't reach high enough. He ran back and got a bigger ladder and put it up to the window where he helped his neighbour down to safety. He tried to return to the window to help the neighbour's dog escape but the heat and smoke beat him back.
The Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award says: “Mr and Mrs Corkhill selflessly went to help their neighbour prior to the arrival of fire crews. With quick...
New statistics released ahead of Valentine’s Day prove that the UK is continuing to lose huge amounts of money to romance fraud – with victims conned out of £41 million in 2017 alone. This is according to figures from The City of London Police, whose remit covers online fraud nationwide, working with Get Safe Online and its partners.
Romance fraud is described as when someone creates a fake identity to enter into a relationship with a victim with the intent to steal either funds or personal information. In 2017, 3557 romance frauds were reported to Action Fraud, averaging 10 reports a day.
This amount equates to £11,500 per victim. Those who fall victim to these frauds are almost twice as likely to be women (63% compared with 37% of men).
However, evidence suggests these numbers do not accurately represent the true scale of the problem due to the embarrassment felt by some victims of fraud, which can discourage people from coming forward to report their experience. But reporting is crucial...