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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Magistrates are used to dealing with bail cases; to a point.  Applicants have been charged and a bench applies guidelines and rules to assess whether in fact remand in custody is necessary or indeed permitted for said offence and/or offender.  Police sergeants at the station have a different problem pre charge.  With a large number of high profile persons having been investigated for child abuse offences in the last few years and many subsequently at liberty on police bail for over a year without being charged the subject has finally hit the headlines with government proposing to place a time limit of 28 days in all such bail cases except in specific cases.  In addition a magistrate would be required to authorise any application to extend bail beyond three months.  Police chiefs have swiftly condemned these proposals.  

I can well understand the police position.  Their numbers have dropped dramatically in the last six years from 143,734 to 124,066.  Although perhaps some statistics tell us crime has fallen and...

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Fire: Stockport firefighters scale Everest to make dreams come true

Written by RSS Poster News


STOCKPORT firefighters reached the peak of their fundraising efforts when they completed a ladder climb equivalent to the height of Mount Everest.

The firefighters completed their 8,848 metre ascent by climbing up ladders attached to the Merseyway Shopping Centre. They raised cash for the Fire Fighters Charity and When You Wish Upon a Star in the process.

Climbing the height of Everest is just one of a series of fundraising activities completed by firefighters at Stockport.

Each year firefighters at the station start a Just Giving page and try to raise as much cash as they can throughout the year.

This year has seen firefighter’s complete marathons across the UK and a charity SAS selection test, The Fan Dance, as well as climbing the height of Everest on ladders, so far they’ve raised over £2000.

Firefighter Kevan Downey, was the man behind the Everest ladder challenge, he said: “Dave Cracknell and I began our quest for When you Wish Upon a Star and over the years we’ve roped in Steve...

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Police: ABD – part 3

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

This is the third and final part of what I hope you will agree has been a fascinating short series of BLOGs by Dr RS, a UK Consultant in Emergency Medicine. My final vote of thanks to him for taking the time to do this.  If you haven’t seen the first two parts, you may want to consider reading them before launching into the final chapter –

In parts 1 and 2 the history, causes and underlying physiology were discussed. In the final piece, the treatment options available will be described, according to the current best medical evidence available, along with personal experience of treating patients presenting at various aspects of the Acute Behavioural Disturbance spectrum.


Established medical evidence for the specific treatment of this condition is extremely limited; recently the results of trials into the management of severe agitation, and observed prehospital care have been published building the evidence base (albeit in different healthcare models to the UK). Prior to this, most...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Once again those running football are in the news because of their greed rather than their ability.  Magistrates` benches, unlike football managers,  are ideally constituted for diversity in all its forms; by sex, ethnic origin, by age so that their decisions might be as representative as possible in our diverse legal areas.    At my appointment potential Justices of the Peace had to declare their membership or not of a masonic lodge and their political preferences but that no longer applies. In one sector they are not selected by this variety all sorts approach to justice. They are not mandated to declare their allegiance to a sports team; rugby or football; cricket or hockey.   So in theory in a tight city like Liverpool or Manchester where if there is allegiance for J.P. footie fans  it is between two football  teams and it is not inconceivable that all three members of a bench could support the same team.  Now what happens if that team loses on a Monday night especially to its local opposition and three...

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Fire: Firefighters rescue dog stranded on island in Bebington pond

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Firefighters rescue dog stranded on island in Bebington pond

Fire: Airport exercise allows emergency services to train together

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AGENCIES from across Greater Manchester joined forces yesterday (Tuesday, September 27, 2016) in a training exercise to practice response to an aircraft incident.

AGENCIES from across Greater Manchester joined forces yesterday (Tuesday, September 27, 2016) in a training exercise to practice response to an aircraft incident.

The exercise at City Airport in Barton simulated the after effects of two planes colliding, where one aircraft was entirely burnt out and the other contained multiple casualties, bringing together crews from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Greater Manchester Police and the city airport’s own firefighters.

Six volunteers from the Casualties Union took part in the exercise, each suffering from a range of different ‘injuries’, which were treated by professionals involved in the incident.


Paul Bailey from the HART team at NWAS said: “City Airport in Barton is one of our key locations, so the multi-agency exercise...

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Police: Pushing the Envelope

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

I’m going to start with a disclaimer! – this post is thrown together to prompt discussion. I am not (yet!) putting this forward as a position or suggestion; I’m not even saying I’ve finished thinking this stuff through or that I believe every point made below. This stuff is not settled in my mind and is written purely to prompt discussion of a couple of things we seem to be taking for granted. All views very welcome in the comments section below.

On Monday of this week, I was asked to present to the PACE Strategy Board at the Home Office – this is a regular gathering of interested parties who oversee and discuss the issues that arise from the administration and application of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. It is attended by the Police Chief’s lead on Custody, Chief Constable Nick EPHGRAVE (Surrey Police); Emeritus Professor Michael ZANDER, the UK’s top legal guru on PACE; and other representatives of bodies like the Crown Prosecution Service, the Law Society,...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I have opined in the past that the Prison Officers Association is one of the last bastions of union power in the public service sector.  In addition to what is gleaned in the public arena my own experiences whilst an active J.P. did nothing to dissuade me of this opinion; indeed they confirmed it.  Therefore it was with little surprise but some dismay that I read of a newly incarcerated racist murderer in Glasgow`s Barlinnie Prison  being able to propagate his hateful agenda on You Tube only a few weeks after entering Scotland`s biggest jail. 4.4% of the Scottish prison population consider themselves to be Muslim; a smaller proportion than in England.  It is therefore not unreasonable to consider the possibility (probability?) that inside help was a factor in  Tanveer Ahmed`s ability to obtain a mobile phone in order to spread his vile beliefs.  

Fire: Fire Service give accident rescue charity a new home

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

NARSNorfolk Fire and Rescue Service has come to the aid of a voluntary emergency service with the provision of free office space at their Whitegates site in Hethersett. Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) will operate from this location to supply essential emergency critical care for NHS East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST).

NARS’s volunteer doctors and paramedics provide cover to the most critically ill or injured patients. Despatched by the NHS East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST), the volunteers provide cover in a marked response car, and also from their own vehicles.

Although NARS has been operating for over 45 years, the charity has never had a proper base. So, with certain functions of the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service having migrated to Norfolk Constabulary’s police headquarters, space has been found to set up an operational base at the fire service’s site in Hethersett. For some time the charity had been using a member's garage as a store room and one of the team's spare...

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Fire: Hundreds of pounds raised for The Fire Fighters Charity

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THANKS to staff members and volunteers GMFRS hosted two great open days over the weekend.

Rochdale opened its doors to the public on Saturday, September 24, with Whitefield doing the same on Sunday, September 25.

Everyone had a great time at the events with valuable funds being raised for The Fire Fighters Charity.

And not just that, more than 80 people learnt life-saving skills at the Rochdale event, thanks to NWAS who carried out CPR training.


SM Mark Doggett said: “The open day at Rochdale was extremely successful with more than £800 being raised for The Fire Fighters Charity.

“An amazing 80 people were trained in CPR by NWAS at the event and we have had lots of positive feedback from visitors.

“I want to thank all of the firefighters who helped on duty (Rochdale, Bolton, Heywood, Oldham) along with Watch Manager McDermott and CM Doyle who helped the day run like clockwork.

“Thanks must also go to those who gave their time off-duty, our community fire cadets from Hollins, GMFRS volunteers,...

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