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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
My weekly inspection of HMCTS` own blog on the topic of extending courts` hours shows that specific questions in relation to magistrates` involvement in this pilot posted on July 25th by "May" have as yet received no comment from HMCTS.  I`ll look again next week.  The original post on HMCTS is copied below:-

May posted on

Have you secured sufficient numbers of magistrates to the proposed rota for extended hours? Similarly have you DJs in place. If to my first question the answer is "no" will you attempt to use DJs more often? Have you sufficient of them for your proposed needs? Do you have a division of sittings in mind for JPs and DJs?

To matters more serious........In my previous life I was an eyecare professional and therefore have a particular interest when legal matters however remotely connected to that activity come to my attention whether in hospital, optical practice or concerning the regulatory authorities of such professions and related bodies. 


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Fire: On-call firefighter recruitment is now open!

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Can you be Chopwell's next #EverydayHero ? We are currently recruiting for on-call firefighters who live in the Chopwell area - you need to be enthusiastic, with common sense, the ability to deal with physically and emotionally demanding situations and also have the ability to work as part of a team. You will need to: Be at least 18 years of age; live within five minutes of our retained fire stations; be physically and medically fit; have good hearing and eyesight; and have a real interest in the fire service and helping the community. For more information, go to the 'On-call firefighter' section of the 'recruitment' page.

Fire: Drunk given suspended sentence for assault on firefighters

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A man was sentenced at court yesterday for assaulting three firefighters in New Herrington earlier this year. Sunderland Magistrates Court heard how the incident happened as crews dealt with a blaze at a house in the street where Clinton Barnes, 34 lived. Barnes headbutted one firefighter, punched another on the nose and hit a third on the side of his head. Assistant Chief Officer, Alan Robson said; "Attacks on emergency service workers are abhorrent and deplorable. "It is totally unacceptable that firefighters are obstructed in carrying out their duties and subjected to physical or verbal abuse. Only a few weeks after this incident our crews came under attack when attending a deliberately set woodland fire in the Gateshead area. "Our crews have to be allowed to carry out their work protecting the public. If they find themselves under attack, we will always look to take the strongest action possible against the perpetrators." FBU secretary, Russ King said; "This was a...

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Police: Identity fraud figures soar

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog
  • Record 89,000 cases recorded in first six months of year by Cifas
  • Sharp rise in identity fraudsters applying for loans, online retail, telecoms and insurance products.
  • Identity fraud now accounts for 56% of all fraud reported by Cifas members, of which 83% was committed online. 

Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, has released new figures showing that identity fraud has continued to rise at record levels in the first six months of 2017. A record 89,000 identity frauds were recorded, up 5% from last year.

Although the number of identity fraud attempts against bank accounts and plastic cards has fallen these still account for more than half of all identity fraud cases.

How fraudsters operate

The vast majority of identity fraud happens when a fraudster pretends to be an innocent individual to buy a product or take out a loan in their name. Often victims do not even realise that they have been targeted until a bill arrives for something they did not buy or they experience problems with their credit rating.


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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women, or prejudice against women

The above definition or something similar has been around for  hundreds of years.  But in line with the simple fact that language is a living entity, over the last decade or two the meaning of misogyny for some people  has morphed into something rather disturbing. It is being interpreted as being unlawful. 

Melanie Onn M.P. was part of the intake in 2015. Her voting record seems to indicate that there is no underlying philosophy in her opinions apart from being a very obedient member of the cannon fodder  Labour MPs who consistently tow the party line in the lobbies.  She is amongst many who are pursuing actions to force such legal changes as to consider that there should be unlimited progress to control opinion and to prosecute those who choose to be unbound by such restrictions. There is a steady and undeniable current of so called progressive action to outlaw independent thought and to change the definition of "hate".  I have...

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Fire: Open Day at South Shields fire station

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
LOCAL people in South Shields will get the chance to see behind the scenes of their local fire station this Saturday, 26 August. The station is hosting the last in a series of similar events organised this summer giving members of the public across the Tyne and Wear area an opportunity to find out more about the work of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). From 11am to 3pm the fire station, on John Reid Road in South Shields – NE34 8FS - will host attractions including free face painting, archery and a bouncy castle. There will be a dramatic demonstration of a chip pan fire and why it's safer to let the Fire Service deal with it. Firefighters will also carry out a simulated rescue following a car crash and also demonstrate their rope rescue skills that are frequently used across the Service area. Prevention and Education teams will be on hand to give advice on fire safety in the home and visitors will be able to sign up for a free home safety check. There will be opportunities to...

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Police: Police Resignations Double In 4 Years – The Truth

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Such was the headline in The Times recently.  It got me thinking.  Have they? Have they really?

For some reason that I cannot quite guess The Times relied on the Freedom of Information Act for their figures.  Police Forces are well known for avoiding and refusing FOI requests, or simply not responding.  Why not use the twice-yearly publications from the Home Office covering the whole of England and Wales? Not only are ALL 43 Forces included, they contain much more detailed information.  Maybe that’s the problem, detail gets in the way of the story?

The article in The Times included claims such as

Resignations at the Metropolitan Police, the country’s biggest force, jumped from 337 in 2011-12 to 626 in 2015-16, according to figures obtained through a freedom of information (FoI) request.


During the same period resignations more than doubled at both Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Northumbria police


At Thames Valley resignations rose from 56 in 2011-12 to 100 in 2015-16....

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Ambulance: Light Weights – Heroin Math 2 (Why We Don’t Get Robbed of our Fentanyl)

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

You carry four 100 mcgs vials of Fentanyl in your controlled substances kit.  How much would those vials be worth on the street?

Let’s do the math.

100 mcgs of Fentanyl is the equivalent of 10 mgs of Morphine.

Morphine is 50% as strong as heroin.

Morphine is the equivalent of 50% pure heroin.

A bag of heroin in Hartford contains 0.1 grams of powder.

0.1 grams of 50% pure heroin is 50 mg of heroin and 50 mgs of filler.

50 mg heroin is the equivalent of 100 mg morphine.

100 mg Morphine is equivalent to 1000mcgs of Fentanyl.

1000 mcgs of Fentanyl is 10 vials of 100 mcg Fentanyl.

A 0.1 mg bag of 50% pure street heroin is the equivalent to 10 vials of 100 mcg Fentanyl.

A bag of heroin costs $5 on the Hartford streets.

Each 100 mcg vial of Fentanyl is worth 50 cents.

Four 100 mcg vials of Fentanyl is worth $2.00.

When was the last time you were held up at gun or knifepoint for your controlled substances by a heroin user?

Ever wonder why 100 mcgs of Fentanyl...

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Ambulance: The dampest squib - Shape of Training outcome

Written by RSS Poster Garth Marenghi
So the Shape of Training Steering Group have published their final report and I think it's fair to say it's a massive improvement on Professor Greenaway's disastrous first draft.  My summary article in the BMJ from 2015 summarises the huge problems with the initial report and the rather dubious political influence upon the review that was taking place off the public record. The most dangerous

Police: Tricks and Tools

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

By working in a role that takes me around the country, I get to see the various differences that exist between police areas – and I don’t just mean the 43 police forces of England and Wales, but even more local than that.  I’m a West Midlands Police officer and my operational experience has mainly been in Birmingham but I’ve also spent three years working in the Black Country.  The Brummies and the Yam Yams will hate me for saying this: but those areas are not as different as they’d like to think they are – I hope I can get away with that, being neutral (a Geordie).  But there are differences in the way that services operate: different local authorities, different mental health trust albeit the same 999 services who often work across those boundaries.  Section 136 MHA works very differently on Shenstone Road, in west Birmingham depending on which side of the road you’re detained – one side of the road is in the Sandwell LA/MH area, the other is Birmingham’s.  Or maybe it depends which are the attending police...

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