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Police: Appeal for missing Paul Middleditch

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for the whereabouts of man who has been missing since this morning, Sunday, 20 April, from the Bexley area.

Paul Middleditch, 39 (30.11.74), of Erith was last seen at 09:00hrs in Christchurch Road, Bexley.

He is a white male, with short dark brow hair and was wearing a blue padded coat with a furry hood, blue jeans, blue trainers and a cream coloured hoodie.

Anyone with knowledge on his whereabouts should call Bexley CID on 07595 009008, the police non-emergency line on 101 and quote reference 14mis013261.

Alternatively call Missing People 116 000.

Police: Appeal – Serious Assault, Seel St Liverpool City Centre

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News
Detectives are appealing for information following a serious assault in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 21 April).At the early stage of the investigation it is believed the assault occured in St Peter’s Square off Seel Street at about 4am. At about 4.30am a 30-year-old attended at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital with injuries thought to have been caused by a sharp object. The victim is undergoing surgery and is in a critical condition.

It is believed the victim was assault by a group of men although at this stage the motive is unclear.

A full investigation into the incident is underway. The area around St Peter’s Square and Seel Street has been cordoned off whilst officers conduct forensic examinations. Officers are now checking CCTV from the nearby area and patrols have been increased in an effort to identify those responsible

Detective Inspector Andy Ephgrave, said: “This was an extremely serious assault which...

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Police: Two charged after cannabis factory discovered in Bungay

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News
Two men are due in court tomorrow, Monday 21 April 2014, after a cannabis factory was discovered in Bungay.
Police executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act on the afternoon of Saturday 19 April after receiving information from a member of the public about a commercial property on Nethergate Street. A large-scale cannabis factory was discovered within the premises, which remains sealed off as inquiries continue.
A man was arrested at the property and then a second man was arrested in Earsham Street in Bungay in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 20 April).
Sy Thuong Nguye, aged 25, and Huan Van Chu, aged 18, both of no fixed address, have been charged with the production of cannabis. Both men have been detained in police custody to appear before Ipswich Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

Police: Sad loss of Cliff Blackford

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog

Many of you will have seen the circulation by Tony Forward.

“I regret to inform you of the death yesterday of retired Sergeant Cliff Blackford. His funeral will be a private family burial. He leaves a wife, Shirley. I am in touch with her by email and will circulate her address for condolence cards in due course.” The address for condolence cards has also been circulated but is available on request if you missed it. His wife has asked for no phone calls.

I am grateful to Bob Bartlet for the photos.

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Sad loss of Cliff Blackford
  • Lovely guy whose grin could light up a room.

    Lovely guy whose grin could light up a room.

  • Cliff Blackford
  • Cliff Blackford and PC Durrell 1968/70
  • Cliff Blackford and PC Durrell 1968/70
  • Cliff Blackford 2006 Old Comrades
  • Alf hay Tony Davie and Jim Kirk with Cliff Blackford
  • Cliff Blackford

Police: Sir Hugh ‘didn’t want top Met job’

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog

Sir Hugh Orde has said that he “didn’t want” the top job at the Metropolitan Police, despite applying for the post on two occasions.
The current president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), Sir Hugh lost out in the race to become commissioner of the Met Sir Paul Stephenson in 2009, and again to the current chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe in 2011.
But speaking about being overlooked for the post in 2009, Sir Hugh told LBC radio: “I didn’t want the job anyway, I had a fantastic job at the time. I would have loved to have been commissioner of the Metropolitan Police; I served for 26 years in London before I went to Northern Ireland.”
“It was a competition and I came second.”
Sir Hugh, who was the then chief constable of the Northern Ireland police force, added that he thought Sir Paul was “very competent and professional”.
The job of running Britain’s largest force is decided on by the Mayor of London and his deputy.
Sir Hugh also said that he...

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Police: Undiminished Responsibilities

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop

I read a throw-away remark on Twitter this week, about mental health professionals – specifically psychiatrists – being the experts to determine whether or not someone’s mental health condition has caused offending behaviour or whether it was quite coincidental.  This self-evidently obvious statement is, in fact, quite wrong!  It is, ultimately, a matter for courts, not psychiatrists to determine such things.  Specifically, it is a matter for inexpert juries of lay people who may have to wade through complex, contradictory material relating to psychiatric diagnosis and reach a view about what was going on inside someone’s head at the time of an offence.

We’ve seen this in several fairly high-profile trials over the last year or so – here are just a couple of examples -

1.  Nicola EDGINGTON – prosecuted for murder and attempted murder whose offer to plead guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility was rejected and a full murder trial held.  The jury rejected her argument and...

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Military: The Falklands invasion, by those who were there

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Making tea for the enemy; sleeping in trenches; making new friends; burying old ones. 30 years on, eyewitnesses to the Falklands War look back.‘The Argentines were very twitchy about transmissions’ David Pole-Evans, 53, runs a farm on Saunders Island, and during the invasion helped his late father pass on invaluable intelligence to British troops through short wave radio My father, Tony, was doing two things that the Argentines wouldn’t have liked during the war. He was operating a low-powered VHF radio, at our farm on Saunders Island, to gather information from other farms, and then he was passing it on to his friend Les Hamilton in Scotland, using the short-wave radio. I helped him with the VHF set. We had an internal aerial for this, and we operated just outside the normal band, so the Argentines were unlikely to pick us up. I know they were very twitchy about transmissions and were trying to stop them, but I don’t think they ever picked up my father and Les on short wave, otherwise they would have been straight round. Read more HERE

Military: MILBABE

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Police: Rape investigation launched in Ipswich

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

Police are carrying out inquiries in Ipswich today, Sunday 20 April 2014, after receiving a report of a rape in the early hours of this morning.

Police were alerted to the incident by the Town Pastors, as they had been approached by a member of the public who had in turn spoken to a distressed woman. She has reported being raped in an alleyway off a car park off Lower Brook Street at around 2.35am.

The woman has been spoken to by specially trained police officers who are continuing to provide her with support. The car park off Lower Brook Street was cordoned off until a short time ago whilst inquiries were made.

Police want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may be able to assist the investigation, contact Ipswich CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police: Man critical following assault in Westminster -

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Westminster which left a man in a critical condition.

Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 04:20hrs on Saturday, 19 April, to Oxendon Street, SW1 after a man was found with head injuries.

The 24-year-old man was taken to a central London hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

He had been on a night out with family and friends when he was attacked by two men. It is believed he was punched in the head and then kicked in the body before passing out.

Officers from Westminster CID are investigating.

Detective Sergeant Alistair Morrison, said: “This was a particularly violent assault which occurred on a road off of Haymarket. Despite the hour, the area would have been busy with people who had been out in the West End. I would urge anyone who saw the attack to contact police.”

The two men were black, both around 5ft 10ins and athletic build.

Suspect 1 had black hair, an inch long beard and was...

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