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Military: MILBABES

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I began this blog almost six years ago initially at and laterally here.  In all that time the most widely read posts with literally tens of thousands of views have been on the subject of utility warrants of entry.  From various analytics I have deduced that these have been read not by regular viewers to this or the previous site (which is still viewable) but by one off visitors finding it directly or by references from sites dedicated to assisting those summonsed to court on the pain of applications from mainly electricity and/or gas companies for non payment of accounts.  This is not surprising nor is the headline and story in this news medium and many others.

When I was sitting in applications courts I would regularly be handed a third of the bundle of applications and told by the chairman where to sign them.  There was virtually no discussion.  I repeat.......this was the normal recognised way of processing these matters with the only consideration...

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Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Military: MILBABE

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
During my time on the bench I had the enormous benefit of having had as a colleague four first class District Judges. Each one in his and her own way was a superb communicator, teacher and advisor. One common factor that each of those people emphasised to the bench as a collective and to me personally was that our powers in court were identical to theirs. This certainly boosted my confidence when I became a chairman and I have no reason to think that many colleagues did not have similar experiences.

One aspect of the job that one quickly learned was whilst not necessarily parroting pronouncements like a ventriloquist’s dummy one must be somewhat circumspect in anything one said from the bench whether eg it was the manner in which an informal warning was given about an offender`s future behaviour or an explanation in rather simple terms to somebody whose comprehension might have been slightly wanting. It would certainly have been beyond my personal remit to have followed the example of Deputy District Judge [MC]...

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Police: It’s going to be emotional

Written by RSS Poster DCC Dave Thompson

I am going to have a break from the operating model. Back to it next week.

Last week I watched an officer cry about policing. This was not at the Federation Conference. It was on the brilliant The Detectives on BBC2. The three episodes of this programme following GMP’s Sexual Offences Unit have been an excellent insight into officers’ work and victim’s experience in these traumatic offences.

If you have not seen the section, the officer has a suspect for a nasty stranger rape and gets a positive DNA hit that means he has got the right guy, the public are protected and a victim gets justice. It was a terrific example of the emotion and energy we put into our work. Policing is more than just a normal occupation. Police officers and staff work here because they know we have a just purpose; to serve and protect the public. If you do not get emotional about the people we serve then you are in the wrong job!

There are other emotions running in policing.

After five years of budget reductions there are frustrations with...

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Police: So this British Bill of Rights... the cost?

Written by RSS Poster A Just Future: Fair for All
As you might expect, I have very deep misgivings about abandoning our foundational involvement in the European Convention on Human Rights (which we led the formation of, back in the 1950s). Nonetheless, our government has been elected to fulfil its promise to:
scrap the Human Rights Act and curtail the role of the European Court of Human Rights, so that foreign criminals can be more easily deported from Britain. (Conservative Manifesto 2015)
I am not going to go into the arguments for and against this proposal, there are people far more qualified than me to put those arguments forward (such as Liberty and Amnesty International)

But... remember when the Human Rights Act came in and every police officer and staff member went through training on it? As did people involved in mental health services, prison & probation services, social services etc etc etc....

So if a new 'British Bill of Rights' is established: how much is it going to cost to bring everyone up to speed on it? Are all public service...

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Fire: Consultation On Fire Cover In West Wirral Has Ended

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
A consultation into proposed changes to fire cover on Wirral has ended.

Military: The Emerald Isle

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Over the emerald sea we went
To make it a better place
Patrolling the streets
We could feel the hate
Anger in every face

The petrol bombs, burning cars
Shouts of “Contact wait out,”
Drop down to ground
Firing position
This is a War, no doubt

Get up move quick hard target
Smoke is stinging my eyes
Then the mob is gone
An eerie silence
Our helicopter hovering in the sky

A huge explosion
The day goes black
Ears ringing I can hardly breathe
Sirens wail women scream
My brain finds it hard to conceive

Still alive, grab hold of my weapon
Look around to look for my mates
Civilian bodies scattered on the ground
Like children’s dolls
Was this always to be their fate?

Brain re-engages
Still scanning the rooftops
Brick commander screams, “ Follow me.”
Hard target back to the Saracen 
Please save me Lord is my silent plea

I was saved that day now its thirty years on
Only veterans those events I do talk
Was eighteen when I crossed the Emerald Isle
To my brothers I would say
It was only with you that I could walk that walk.

© Tony McNally

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