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Police: TV LICENSING SHOULD BE DECRIMINALISED

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

It seems, predictable as ever, Boris Johnson has come up with what he thinks might be a last minute inducement to secure more of the "grey" vote which tends to be more conservative than socialist. There is the possibility that over 75s will lose their "free" TV license next summer and he has hinted that he might tell the BBC to fund the freebie if it wants it to continue. With a maximum fine [rarely applied] for TV license evasion of £1000 appearing not to deter evasion by usually the poorest of pensioners he has mused on its abandonment. Last year there were 129,446 prosecutions for TV license evasion all of course in magistrates courts. It is exceedingly difficult to translate that number into meaningful statistics owing to the frequency of court closures undertaken since 2010 when the coalition government came to power.  It seems that 162 of the 323 magistrates courts in England and Wales have shut – a loss of 50.2% of the estate. That translates as the remaining 161 having each 804 defendants...

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Fire: MFRS search and rescue dog Scout reporting for duty

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
MFRS search and rescue dog Scout reporting for duty


Police: IT`S NOT WHAT YOU SAY: IT`S WHAT YOU MEAN. SOME PERSONAL HUMOUR

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
How often in general discussion do we ask for a remark to be repeated because although we heard what was being said we hadn`t actually been listening. A rarely mentioned benefit of chairing a court is that one trains oneself to listen to everything that is said. As I was listening to a weather forecast on TV last week the forecaster began by saying,"Most of us will have a wet and windy night". Speaking to my wife for both our sakes I remarked,"Not me I hope." 


Police: Choices. Or the Lack of Them.

Written by RSS Poster policecommander

I have already cast my vote. 

I will be away from home on Election Day, so I sent it in by post. 

And I really struggled with where to where to put my ‘X’. The truth is that I didn’t want to support any of them; that I feel completely betrayed by all of them. Voting matters though and so I gave my support to the candidate who appeared to me to represent the least worst option.

But it wasn’t much of a choice. (And, by the way, how on earth did we end up in a place where ‘least worst option’ was the best that anyone could offer.)

The Conservative-led governments of the last ten years have:

  • Decimated policing (cutting 44,000 officers and staff between 2010-18)
  • Decimated the criminal justice system
  • Decimated the prison system
  • Decimated the probation service
  • Decimated pretty much every other part of the public sector
  • Overseen a catastrophic increase in child poverty
  • Overseen a catastrophic increase in homelessness
  • Overseen a catastrophic increase in Foodbank use

And so it goes on.

Austerity was a conscious,...

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Fire: Business owner fined £20,000 following MFRA prosecution

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Business owner fined £20,000 following MFRA prosecution


Fire: Property management company prosecuted by MFRA after residents’ lives put at risk

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Property management company ordered to pay £19,000 after residents’ lives put at risk


Fire: MFRS urges candle caution after fires

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
MFRS urges candle caution after fires


Police: EARLY RELEASE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
The tragic circumstances last week involving a convicted terrorist who was freed early according to the law at the time in question has led to many claims and counter claims about which party was ultimately responsible.  That debate conducted whilst the crime scene was still cordoned off and the relatives of those murdered still in shock was a disgusting spectacle which reinforced my and many others` opinions that we are being asked to vote for the most inadequate pair of party leaders in my adult lifetime.  However the question of early release is one considered by every magistrates bench in every magistrates court every day of the week. On sentencing a miscreant to immediate custody the chairman of the bench after stating the exact term must tell the person in the dock that it is likely that s/he will be released on license after having served half the sentence aforestated.  During my time when I was responsible for such pronouncements I made them through gritted teeth.  It seemed to me then and it seems to me now that it...

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Fire: MFRS joins local partners in campaign to “de-normalise” smoking in the home

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
MFRS joins local partners in campaign to “de-normalise” smoking in the home


Police: Making strides

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

The headlines are very election dominated at the moment and indeed there is a great deal of work ongoing in the force around the election. There are a number of marginal seats in the force and election visits are thick and fast. There is a comprehensive operation in place. The murder of Jo Cox MP during the referendum and the volatile political environment reminds us all how important it is that the democratic process is safeguarded and protected.

An election on the run in to Christmas is unusual and comes at a time when the force is getting busy. I have spoken to a few of you on the Christmas market in Birmingham and also had some nice letters of thanks for the warm reception you have provided for visitors. I am aware the Silent Night draws in staff from all over the force to help out. Your flexibility is really appreciated.

Chief Constable David Thompson

Chief Constable David Thompson

While we have recently seen the security threat level drop I would underline that security remains at the forefront of these operations. After the terrible murders in London Bridge...

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