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Police: ARE THEY GETTING AWAY WITH IT?

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Regular readers will be familiar with my gripes on exceptional hardship.  New readers might want to put those words into the search box for further reading. I have also opined on the pseudo secretive newish process of the single justice procedure. A recent case which has been reported here appears to involve the exceptional hardship defence against driving disqualification. What is not reported is whether or not the offender was represented or whether proof re his application was requested or supplied. Indeed when I was active (before the SJP) exceptional hardship application was usually made at a date announced after the original award of points that put a totter over the top. 

Perhaps somewhere there is information that would clarify in general situations as above. It is too easy to believe that as the "Sun" journalist might write, "Too many offenders are getting away with it."



Police: JUSTICE DOWN A DARK ALLEY

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There are so many so called "initiatives" brought about by government departments that only those with intimate knowledge of the associated areas of activity can offer substantive opinions.  The Ministry of Justice with its enormous PR department certainly is not lacking in efforts along those lines. Only since its pilot scheme ended a couple of weeks ago on December 31st has it become public knowledge that a scheme by which offenders without an admission of guilt can avoid prosecution and a possible criminal record by agreeing to such conditions as rehabilitation or paying compensation to "alleged" victims. According to the Policy Evaluation Research Unit just Scotland Yard and West Yorkshire Constabulary had been chosen as pilots. The results must have been truly impressive since within two weeks of the scheme`s ending it has been expanded and  that  apparently placing those chosen offenders into the scheme was justified by "senior police officers" in the now revealed participating eight police forces in England and Wales.  This...

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Police: BLEAK PROSPECTS IN THE HOUSE

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This is a first post of a new year but unfortunately although not unexpectedly once again we are forced to listen to an aspiring warlord of a home secretary telling us how we are going to be kept so much safer in our daily lives by the actions she is undertaking for our protection. Methinks we have heard it all before.  In the last few days she has pledged to use new stronger powers to deport criminals and deter illegal immigration.  Considering the latter proposal it has been apparent for the last year that this country just does not have the naval facilities to combat the illegal flow across the channel and even if it had what actions could it undertake accepting of course that it is against international law to use force lethal or otherwise to stop such people reaching their desired destination. Prevention is often said to be better than cure but even with willing partners in France and Belgium it is impossible for them to police 50 miles from Ostend to Calais 24 hours daily. Knowing that such illegal traffic is directed by...

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Police: "SLAINTE MHATH" OR FOR THE NON GAELIC SPEAKER "CHEERS" EXCLUDING THE WEE BEASTIES

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace


 Although I hadn`t planned on posting here until after the new year natural curiosity in checking day to day events which might be of interest overcame my reluctance. 

It would appear that, simple as it appears to me having bought, sold and managed various business projects in my previous life, the notion of HMCTS being able to inform its staff that many black and ethnic minority people attending court do so in a professional capacity and not as defendants is beyond its capabilities. In any normal business or professional environment those individuals responsible for that lack of training and of grievously insulting non white attendees would be severely admonished or sacked subsequent of course to so called HR investigation. There is no doubt in my mind that that organisation is no longer fit for purpose irrespective of all the "good news" put out by its inflated task force of weasels in its PR department.  

Sometimes I just fail to understand...

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Police: ROLL ON VACCINATION DAY

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 A year ago I posted the following:-

"I suppose "peace on Earth and goodwill towards men" sums up precisely what the world needs most. Unfortunately recent events indicate that that aspiration might never be attained.  However until such time that that enduring phrase is erased from our consciousness and our consciences we can but be hopeful that we might reach an era when its repetition offers some solace to all of us.

I thank all my readers for the precious minutes they have spent to read my simple offerings in 2019 and hope to be back here with some more of the same in January."  

There had been, around that time, the most fleeting of references to a "new flu" type infection in a part of China of which few of us insulated in the west had heard.  Now we are deafened by the continual information being directed towards us by all media.  To my personal astonishment there are still some diehards mostly emanating from the "land of the free, home of the brave" where ridicule is directed at those media with their scientific all too rational...

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Police: LEGAL MUSINGS ON TUESDAY

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From time to time there are little seen news items with a legal flavour which pass largely unnoticed by many but which offer a snapshot view of our justice system by practitioners and offenders.

The furore over BBC licensing allied with cheers from often right wing commentators at the prospect of the license fee being decriminalised usually brings forth noises off from the opposite political dimension and of course the luvvies who, with a few notable exceptions, endorse the "downtrodden" wherever and whenever the opportunities arise.  One interesting fact in all this is that one third of female convictions is for license fee evasion and women accounted for 74% of the 114K offences of this nature last year. One possible explanation is that the door opener to an inspector is the person held liable and it is thought many more women than men are home at those times when an inspector calls. 

In the last decade the number of police traffic patrols has dropped by around 30%. In 2017 insurance companies began accepting in car videos as...

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Police: KOWTOWING TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

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There is no doubt that the subject of racism is around us in ever increasing contexts.  I would hazard a guess that in the public eye racism in sport and in crime ranks of more interest and concern than in other contexts  eg employment or education although like many others I am no expert on sociology or statistics. Although the R word is bandied about it is mostly when discussion about black people takes place. "Asian" has become a euphemism for those mainly of Pakistani origin or heritage. In brief there is well documented history of criminal activity by male members of that social group which has been actively suppressed by law enforcement and associated agencies. The reasons for such "blind eyes" have in recent years been admitted as a fear of accusations of racism.  The knock on effects of such dereliction of duty by the involved agencies are becoming public knowledge almost weekly. The association between the sometimes medieval attitudes of some of those within that group and abhorrent criminal activity  have prompted...

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Police: INNOCENT UNTIL PROVED GUILTY?

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Generally speaking the phrase “innocent until proved guilty” when used after an acquittal is that the defendant walks out of court with, if appropriate, his previous good character remaining unstained. The reality of the situation is that the prosecution had been unable to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt. The Scots since 1728 have had a third verdict of “not proven”. I suppose it could be interpreted crudely as a defendant perhaps being morally guilty but not having had the prosecution prove its case to the required standard. It is a matter of philosophical debate whether that is a preferable scenario to guilty/not guilty. Certainly no other jurisdiction has followed this path. 

Although not logically connected, a change in English law in 2009 could be argued to be having a similar effect of casting doubt on a not guilty verdict. Sections 5 (following conviction) and 5A (following acquittal) of the Protection from Harassment Act allows a restraining order to be made following acquittal. In 2010, the first full year...

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Police: MOMENT OF RESPITE

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I would imagine that most of us are suffering with "news headlines" fatigue given the seemingly endless story of corona virus and its effects on all of us so I hope that a brief glimpse at the activity of the misbegotten soul in this headline allows a moment or two of respite and a glimpse of depravity almost beyond belief.



Police: CORONA VIRUS: A WONDERLAND OF FINES & FIGURES//ROLL ON EASTER

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The inconsistencies associated with lockdown will no doubt be considered by future historians as a primary reason why the fatalities in this country per 100K population are in excess of those in USA where many states have virtually abandoned any attempt to control individuals` and businesses` activities and there has been only a half hearted attempt at control at the federal level. In mid July Boris Johnson was telling us it would be over by Christmas and now of course he has stated that by Easter things should be back to normal. The literally fatal flaws in the epidemiological and political analyses of this epidemic have been followed by a similar mish mash over the issuing and amount of fines by police.  Figures show 20,223 fines were issued for breaches of coronavirus restrictions in England and Wales between March 27 and October 19. More than a half of police forces have not issued a single fine for the non wearing of face masks. Since the pandemic began only 0.01% of the...

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