Civil liberties...........a phrase and concept which can cause the best of friends to engage in bitter debate. It can be one person`s license to defy authority or another person`s excuse to call for greater control of unpopular demonstrations of minority opinion. There is rarely a controversial civil liberties situation that can clearly be argued black or white; the answer or solution is usually one of determining which shade of grey is applicable. That is until the recent outburst from the Police and Crime Commissioner of West Yorkshire. He wants to use his powers to ban lawful protests because he can`t afford to police them.
Just what sort of society are we becoming? The ruling party has made itself a hostage to the NHS and that has resulted in the Home Office and Justice Department undermining our whole justice system from inter alia border controls at seaports and airports, general policing, probation services and courts system to deaths in police custody and prisons. ...
CADETS from Ramsbottom, Farnworth and Hollins made their mark on the city of Opole in Poland at the 20th International Meeting of Youth Fire Brigades.
The Olympic-style event took place over six days from Sunday, July 19, 2015, when cadets from across Europe and as far as Japan joined together to compete in various fire and rescue themed events.
After arriving in Poland, the cadets attended an opening ceremony on Monday, July 20, where the games torch was lit to mark the official opening of the event.
The next two days were spent practising for the competition and on Thursday, July 23, the team took part in an obstacle course and 400m relay.
Their training paid off as the cadets achieved their best ever time in both the obstacle course and relay on the day of the competition.
On the penultimate day the team performed their rendition of S Club 7’s Reach for the Stars at the Performance of Nations alongside groups from all the other FRSs. In true Olympic style, the event finished with a closing ceremony...
It’s no surprise that in the recent National Rural Crime Survey nearly two-thirds of respondents thought that the police weren’t doing a good job and felt less safe as a result. Government soundbites say the police “must do more with less”. The “less” refers to less funding, but the truth is it actually means fewer police officers. More than 12,000 front-line officers in fact, with at least another 15,000 to go over the next two years. That’s on top of 35,000 departing civilian staff, whose work needs to be covered by officers.
The knock-on effect is that police have to put much smaller numbers of officers where the demand is greatest, just to cope with crime and disorder in the cities, towns and sprawling estates. The glaring consequence of this, of course, is that it makes rural areas ripe for the picking.
We’ve recently seen a spate of criminal gangs brazenly ripping out cash machines from walls in quiet rural towns at 4am. After all, the odds of...