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Fire: Be flipping careful while cooking this Pancake Day

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Be flipping careful while cooking this Pancake Day

Fire: Sprinkler system helps avert serious damage to hotel

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Four fire appliances from Newcastle, Byker and Gateshead Fire Stations attended a fire in the basement laundry room of the 11 storey Sandman Signature Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne at 20:38 hours on Wednesday 7th March 2018. On arrival, Firefighters discovered a laundry dryer on fire in the basement of the hotel which had automatically activated the buildings sprinkler system. A single sprinkler head had supressed the fire and prevented further fire and smoke spreading through the building and its contents. This was the fourth sprinkler activation at a non-domestic premise in Tyne and Wear in the previous 12 months. John Baines, Assistant Chief Fire Officer said: “Our first appliance arrived within 3 minutes of the emergency call, with a further three appliances arriving within the 5 minutes following. Our highly skilled crews worked quickly and effectively to fully extinguish the fire and clear the smoke from the affected area.” “Together with our crews, I would also like to...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Members of the judiciary including those on the very lowest level i.e. magistrates, face the prospect of a rap across the knuckles or worse if they fall foul of what the superbeaks at the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office deem to be appropriate behaviour.  There are few who would not argue that magistrates are far more likely to be contenders for judicial castigation than their senior professional well remunerated colleagues. Indeed a cursory glance at the reasons why three J.P.s this year have been already sanctioned for what some might say are merely minor behavioural infringements adds weight to that impression of unduly robust censure for  magistrates.  

A recent Appeal Court ruling on a Deputy District Judge`s behaviour will almost certainly sustain the belief of the professional judiciary`s near immunity from public sanction except when the matter reaches and is concerned with a wider audience.  Spend a few minutes reading the Law Society Gazette report and the accompanying comments and come to your own conclusions on whether or not judicial blinkers are in use depending upon the situation. 

Police: Policing In The 21st Century

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Ten years ago there were 141,859 Police Officers (all ranks) in the 43 Forces that traditionally make up England and Wales, 108,884 of that total were Constables. By 2010, when David Cameron and Theresa May came to power, there was a total of 143,734 officers in total. 109,669 were Constables. By 31st March 2017 after nearly 7 years of attrition we were reduced to 123,142 in total, of which only 95,840 were Constables. Seven years of Tory/Coalition rule had reduced the Police Service of England and Wales by almost 20,600, nearly 14.5%. Constables, the rank most members of the public will encounter, or interact with most frequently, were reduced by 13,044 or 12%.

It’s all well and good me being flippant, but what does this really look like in the real world?

A stark visualisation would be this.

All the areas coloured pink add up to equal the 20,600 officers that no longer exist. It is the equivalent of almost all of Wales and a large chunk of England not having a single Police Officer available, at any time of the day...

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Fire: TWFRS take water safety messages to The Boat Race of The North this weekend

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be teaming up with our colleagues from the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) on Saturday 17 March to remind people of the dangers of cold water shock and the risks associated with consuming alcohol when adjacent to water. Large volumes of people are expected to attend The Boat Race of the North between Durham and Newcastle Universities on the River Tyne, it presents the perfect opportunity to press home our message. Thousands of rowing fans, students and tourists will attend a day of rowing races and fun as well as catching the England v Ireland Six Nations Rugby match being show live in Times Square. A TWFRS fire appliance will be in attendance at the races on Saturday and staff from both organisations will be on hand to talk to people about the dangers and how they can keep themselves safe this Spring and Summer when around water. Group Manager Tony Markwell said: “Alcohol seriously affects people's ability to get...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Anyone vaguely connected with the justice system is aware of the reduced level of service at all levels as a result of the unadmitted and shameful reduction in financial support for these services.  Indeed in 2010 when he was Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke MP, he of the REMAINER till I die persuasion, was proud to announce that he had slashed his budget by over 23% before the then Chancellor had broken the news. Now it`s official and public knowledge that Justice has taken the biggest hit of all government departments since then. What an indictment of Coalition and Tory attitude to this indispensable safeguard for our democracy and system of government. For them it was and is justice down the pan.

Police: Stop & Search – A (Not An) Academic’s Opinion

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

I am not an academic, never been one and hardly likely to become one now. I have, however, considerable experience in Research and Analysis. In the past few days I have been involved in a, sometimes, acrimonious exchange on Twitter with an ex Think Tank academic, on the thorny subject of Stop and Search.

It all started off when I received this Tweet

But: more than half of the fall pre-dates T May's reforms, and the 20% arrest rate target was an MPS initiative under BHH.

— Gavin Hales (@gmhales) March 5, 2018

and then

At least part of the imperative for the MPS reforms was the riots, also pressure from @EHRC esp around s60. The 20% arrest rate was an MPS decision – and #stopsearch duly fell until 20% was reached, and has more or less flatlined since.

— Gavin Hales (@gmhales) March 5, 2018

Rightly or wrongly I just had to challenge them

Pretty certain a pre-defined 20% Arrest Rate would be unethical, possibly unlawful and certainly encourages corrupt practices


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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I have never previously copied a complete news report of a case preferring readers to access the link if they so wished. However the issue of anti-semitism, the oldest virus, is appearing in much of the media of all kinds to an extent never experienced in my lifetime. It has even infected the upper regions of the Labour Party and publications like the New Statesman.  Anti-semitism is unlike most other forms of racism insofar as it has appeared throughout history and in areas where there has been public insecurity and dissatisfaction with the political process. England has had its fair share. In the late 12th century, members of the Jewish community in Lincoln settled in York. However, there was growing hostility towards the Jewish population in England. This was in part due to public disagreements in theology between Jewish scholars and Christian churchmen. In the mid-12th century several vicious stories were spread accusing Jews of murdering Christian children. Such slanders, now known as the ‘Blood...

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Police: Action Fraud reports lead to football ticket fraudster being jailed

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

A fraudster who made thousands of pounds selling football tickets he did not have on social media has been jailed for 2 years and 11 months after an investigation by the Met Police. 

Hussayn Hirani, 24, pleaded guilty to 28 counts of fraud by false representation at Harrow Crown Court last Thursday. 

Hirani was taking images of real football tickets posted by other users on social media, and advertising them for sale on Twitter.

Once sold, victims would be asked to make payment into bank accounts belonging to friends and associates of Hirani. The cash would be then be withdrawn at a later date and handed back to him. No tickets were ever sent to the buyers. 

Met Police and Action Fraud working in partnership

Hirani was arrested after a lengthy investigation was carried out by the Met’s Fraud and Linked Crime Online (FALCON) that used Action Fraud reports to link the fraudster to other crimes. Met Police detectives also discovered that Hirani sold fake Wimbledon and concert...

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Police: Royal Mail stops 3 million fraudulent letters

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Royal Mail has announced that it has successfully intercepted 3 million fraudulent letters from reaching UK homes since stepping up its drive against criminals in November 2016.

Several initiatives have been set up to protect consumers from fraudulent mail which can include invitations to participate in fake lotteries with prizes and letters from people posing as “clairvoyants”.

Some of the fraud prevention initiatives created by Royal Mail include; stopping scam mail from reaching letterboxes by impounding at distribution centres and training frontline workers to identify scam mail. Royal Mail also provide a special helpline, email address and Freepost address for customers.

Stephen Agar, Managing Director of Letters at Royal Mail said: “We are committed to doing everything we can to stop this fraudulent material from reaching UK households”

“We continue to deploy a range of different initiatives to keep one step ahead of the scammers.”

A joint initiative with the National Trading Standards...

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