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Fire: Firefighters speak out about attacks in video released as part of autumn safety campaign

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FIREFIGHTERS have spoken out about the impact of having stones and bricks thrown at them when responding to incidents. 

As part of its autumn safety campaign and following a recent spate of firefighter attacks, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has released a video featuring personal experiences of two firefighters who have been targeted while protecting the community. 

In the video released today (Thursday, October 19, 2017), firefighters talk about the impact of these incidents, which potentially put people’s lives at risk.

Crew Manager Pete Wilmot said: “When you get attacked it’s frustrating. We’re only there to put fires out so people don’t get hurt, we’re just normal people that want to go home to our families.

“It is becoming more common and it does make my crew quite angry. It’s upsetting sometimes.”

The video has been launched as part of...

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Police: Investment fraud victims report losing more than £59m to 'Binary Options'

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  • Total of 2,065 people have reported being a victim of Binary Options fraud to Action Fraud since 2012.
  • Victims have reported to have lost almost £60 million.
  • The average person loses £22,811.

Our reports show that Binary Options fraud appears to be a growing problem. In just the first half of 2017, 697 people reported to have lost over £18 million. 

Operation Broadway, a London-wide intelligence-led drive to uncover and disrupt suspected ‘boiler room’ investment frauds operating out of of the capital, was launched in 2014 by the City of London Police, City of London Corporation Trading Standards, Metropolitan Police, National Trading Standards ‘Scambusters’ Team, HMRC and the Financial Conduct Authority.

Those who fall victim to Binary Options fraud lose an average loss of £22,000.

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Investigations into police misconduct, especially where a death has resulted, do not have a great deal of public confidence. This is largely owing to the rules set by the police themselves and the lack of transparency in proceedings. Better late than never the successor to the discredited ACPO, the College of Policing, has come up with new guidelines on the subject of disciplinary hearings. This is a link.

Police: Womankind

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Where on earth to begin?

I’m not going to waste your time with some clumsy attempt to set out my feminist credentials but – in a world of pussy-grabbing presidents and molesting movie moguls – I do want to put on record the fact that I’m troubled by the way in which we (men, mostly) treat and regard women.

Really, deeply troubled.

I speak as a husband, a dad, a man. I speak as a police officer.

And this is what I see.

Sexual Offences

According to the Office of National Statistics, in the year to March 2017, the police in England & Wales recorded more than 41,000 allegations of rape. We also recorded nearly 80,000 ‘other’ sexual offences. Numbers rise and numbers fall, but the sheer volume is staggering. And the overwhelming majority of victims are women and girls.

My sense of horror is compounded by the knowledge that sexual offences remain significantly under-reported; that the real numbers will be higher still.

How the hell did it come to this? How did we, as a supposedly civilised society, manage to stand by and let it...

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Fire: MFRS and Merseyside Police burn live cannabis farm to warn of dangers

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Merseyside Police burn live cannabis farm to warn of dangers


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Ten years ago the daughter of one of my best friends was killed on the M6 by a previously convicted drunk driver who was driving drunk, disqualified and using a mobile phone. The offender was jailed for the maximum at the time of seven years.  Not long afterwards  the maximum for causing death by dangerous driving was increased to fourteen years custody.  The government now proposes to increase the maximum to life imprisonment. According to the government press release this change is "part of government action to make roads safer for all and stop devastation caused by dangerous drivers and cyclists."  It will do no such thing but it will certainly satisfy the families and friends of the victims. Some might conclude that it will satisfy the taste for revenge for those affected by the loss of their loved ones. But is that the way we wish to see the law progressing?  The guilty parties of this and similar offences by their very behaviour will not be deterred. They will not reduce eg their speed on a country...

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Last Tuesday October 10th I illustrated that day`s post with a cartoon of a witch burning. Indeed the last event of witch burning in these islands was that of  Janet Horne in 1722.  One might have thought that our judicial system has progressed since those days of the first Jacobite rebellion when the politics of the era pitted a Protestant Establishment against a Catholic insurgency. One would have been wrong. The last trial for witchcraft under  the Witchcraft Act of 1735 took place as recently as 1944. Yet the practice might be said to be continuing.  Indeed it could be argued that it never went away. Of course the law has changed but the attitudes and reactions against those who offend society`s norms are as hypocritical and wafer thin as ever.  Those who dare to criticise the basis of global warning rarely are able to present their point of view before a learned or even a lay public without their being ridiculed even although parts if not the entirety of their argument might harbour some elements of doubt.  So...

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Fire: Emergency Services join forces to launch Bonfire Campaign

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Emergency services across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear are joining forces in the hope that this year's Bonfire period is one of the safest on record. Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner; Northumbria Police; Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are all committed to doing what they can to make sure that the coming Diwali, Halloween and Bonfire season is a safe and happy one for everyone – and that includes their own staff. This year, the services are uniting behind the use of the TWFRS' Ryan's Regret film, which featured the real-life story of a young man from Washington, who by playing with fireworks in his bedroom, received significant injuries to his hand. It's a graphic and shocking account, which has provided real impact especially during the fire services' school visits, in conjunction with Northumbria Police. Dame Vera Baird QC Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner commented: "This is a busy time for our emergency...

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Fire: Snuff out this risk of fire this Candle Fire Safety Week

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Snuff out this risk of fire this Candle Fire Safety Week

Fire: Mayor of Greater Manchester learns lifesaving skill as part of Restart a Heart Day

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GMFRS and NWAS volunteers teaching pupils at Harrop Fold High School CPR.

AS part of this year’s Restart a Heart Day, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham visited Harrop Fold High School in Little Hulton to participate in CPR training alongside pupils.

The annual European Restart a Heart Day aims to create a nation of lifesavers and improve survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrests. There are around 30,000 cardiac arrests every year in the UK and less than one in ten survive.

Andy brushed up on his CPR skills and led a class demonstration with the help of volunteers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). With the use of CPR kits and mannequins, volunteers are working collaboratively to deliver CPR training to schools and colleges across the North West today.

Speaking to the Year 8 class at Harrop Fold, Andy highlighted the importance of learning the lifesaving skill, CPR. He said: “If there is one thing...

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