I have commented here previously and it is well known that there is a dearth of court reporting from the magistrates courts. There are many reasons put forward for this; social media is a substitute for local reporting, local newspapers are in decline and those still publishing operate with reporting costs limited, new journalists are not well paid and court reports are generally served up by such novices in local press, public interest is lacking etc etc. So three cheers for Grimsby Live. I don`t know whether there is a hard copy available to the good burghers of Grimsby but it is a pleasure for this observer to read local reports. Other local press barons take note.
“I was fully awake long before reveille, sleepy and unrefreshed, and when reveille came we received orders to move within two hours.
Four of us and one N.C.O. were left behind to load a lorry. And then we too packed up and set out to follow the unit.
Thinking to take a short cut across country, we ascended the hill-slope, jumping and clambering across shell-holes and striding through long grass An Australian soldier lay on a lom and weeds. Now and again we would chance upon some narrow winding track that soon lost itself again amid the tangled growth. Low clouds burdened the sky and a fine rain began to fall. The top of the hill was hidden in grey mist.
We passed a heap of broken concrete blocks from which the twisted ends of iron rods projected. A little farther on a concrete shelter stood intact except for deep vertical fissures. I peered into the narrow entrance that sloped steeply down. I slipped in the soft mud, but by stretching out...
A few weeks ago a Belfast baker won his Supreme Court appeal against the lower courts` decisions that he had no legal right to refuse to bake a cake and decorate it with what he claimed was a message with which he had fundamental disagreement. A few days ago a female Afghan barrister practising in this country was told by her instructing solicitor that his client did not want her to represent him in court but instead wanted a white male barrister to do the job. It will be interesting to see the future ramifications of this incident. The comments following the report are as interesting as the case itself.
The total number of incidents dealt with by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service over the Bonfire weekend were down by 40% compared to 2017. Bonfire night itself saw our Control Room deal with 564 calls and since November 1 we handled 960 calls in total. TWFRS Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther said: “I'd like to thank our firefighters for their hard work and professionalism throughout the Bonfire weekend and in the weeks in the run up. They have continued to keep our communities safe – sometimes under extreme challenges. “I'd like to thank our Control Room staff who were able to assist our crews on the ground by managing calls on the busiest evening over the Bonfire weekend. They went back to callers to check on the status and seriousness of fires before sending out crews, making sure life safety was our priority. “I'd also like to thank our partner agencies and local schools across Tyne and Wear for their support in communicating important safety advice which has...
Marley Park Firefighters were subjected to unacceptable levels of abuse while attending car fires in Southwick, Sunderland last night.
Initially we were called out to a car fire at 17.22 yesterday afternoon at Greystone Place, where a car had been driven into a bonfire. However the crews were subjected to missiles and fireworks by a group of youths – aged between about 10 and 19 - who then attempted to barricade the fire engine into the street. Fortunately the crews were able to withdraw.
However, the crews returned to the area, just after 19.00, following a further report of a car on fire. Yet again they were set about with fireworks and other missiles. Fortunately there were no injuries to either firefighters or appliances.
TWFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Alan Robson commented:
“This takes the abuse against our firefighters to a new unacceptable level. These are dedicated professional people whose job it is to protect our communities. Not only did they have to...
Following yesterday's Tyne and Wear Fire Authority meeting, the Fire Authority agreed to initiate a 10-week public consultation on three proposed changes to the Service's operational response to incidents. The consultation will run from Monday November 5th and conclude on Monday January 14th and the public are invited to attend five consultation events across the region. Wednesday 21 November Wallsend Memorial Hall People's Centre 6-7:30pm.Wallsend Memorial Hall People's Centre 10 Frank Street, Wallsend NE28 6RN Thursday 22 November Kenton Sports Centre 6-7:30pm Kenton Sports Centre Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3LN Monday 26 November Gateshead Civic Centre 6-7:30pm Gateshead Civic Centre Regent Street Gateshead NE8 1HH Tuesday 27 November Jarrow Hub 6-7:30pm Jarrow Community Centre Cambrian Street Jarrow NE32 3QN Thursday 29 November Washington Academy 6-7:30pm Washington Academy Spout Lane Washington NE37 2AA The survey for the general public is available on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/IRMP2018 and will be publicised on the Service's social media platforms.
Earlier this morning I had reason to revisit the first post published on 19th November 2009 by The Justice of the Peace on a site now long since withdrawn from the internet. On the second anniversary of that first post I posted the following:-
"Exactly two years ago today my first post appeared on this site. It was entitled CAUTION GIVEN AFTER A CONVICTION FOR A SIMILAR OFFENCE. That was 804 posts ago. With approaching seven thousand visitors monthly this blog is still miniscule in its numbers of readers cf the other one. However I thank all who have found my literary meanderings of some interest. This exercise has however provided an avenue of escape for the writer`s frustrations at the underlying decay which is eating away at the foundations of this grand old institution, a decay which has been caused 100% by government`s determination to continue to impede the quality and efficiency of justice available to the common man in order to try and obtain it on the cheap. There are two foundations which a democratic government...
At today's Tyne and Wear Fire Authority meeting, the Fire Authority agreed to initiate a 10-week public consultation on three proposed changes to the Service's operational response to incidents.
Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther commented:
“To ensure we are a sustainable and flexible fire and rescue service, continuing to deliver an excellent service for our communities, our finite resources must be applied to where the greatest risks are in Tyne and Wear. That analysis has resulted in three proposals for change. I would urge our communities to get involved in our consultation – it's your views which will help shape your fire and rescue service for now and the years to come.
“Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has faced some of the worst funding settlements across fire and rescue in England since austerity began in 2010. By 2019/20 we will see a 19% budget cut by £11.3m to £48.1m. We have also had to manage higher costs faced by the Authority such as inflation and pay awards which...
The future of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) operational response will be discussed by the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority at its meeting on Monday 5th November at 10.30am.
Three proposals for change will be the basis of a 10-week public consultation, subject to the Fire Authority's approval, starting on the 5th November and running until 14th January 2019.
The changes are driven by financial pressures butwill prepare the Service for a future that will involve meeting the challenges of a changing demand for its services. They will also help to ensure the service retains its continued commitment to remain sustainable as reductions in funding continue to affect its overall budget.
TWFRS Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther said: “Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has faced some of the worst funding settlements across fire and rescue in England since austerity began in 2010. By 2019/20 we will have seen a 19% budget cut by £11.3m to...