There were four trials listed for the sitting.Considering a sitting is three hours the procedural formalities for each trial even that which seems the simplest on paper can be quite time consuming.Add to the mix an unrepresented defendant and/or an interpreter both of which are increasingly commonplace and the loosest of schedules can be widely missed.That it wasn`t was due entirely to the ineptitude, inefficiency and mismanagement of the court`s and CPS administrative staff not excluding those in senior positions who appear to have no idea how to manage inefficient staff or are...
Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man from Alton.
A 32-year-old man from Alton, was taken to North Hampshire Hospital on Tuesday, September 30 by South Central Ambulance Service. He had suffered severe injuries and was in a life-threatening condition.
Sadly, the man died while in hospital. He was pronounced dead on the evening of Wednesday, October 1. His family has been informed and a post-mortem examination is due to take place later today,
Officers are currently carrying out numerous enquiries into the circumstances surrounding this death. It is believed the man may have been assaulted inside a flat in Lansdowne Court, Anstey Road, Alton, on the evening of Tuesday, September 30.
Officers also believe there may have been a disturbance at the flats in Anstey Road earlier in day.
Detective Inspector Simon Baker, the senior investigating officer, said: “We are in the early...
A Manchester drug dealer who was stopped on the M6 with nearly £2million worth of heroin has been jailed for over 7 years.
David Partington of Roch Crescent, Whitefield had picked up a consignment of heroin worth £1.97 million and was on his way home via the M6 when motorway cops stopped him just outside Walsall near to Junction 10.
They searched the 30-year-old’s Range Rover and found, hidden in a draw string bag, 10 house brick sized blocks of heroin.
When text messages where checked they revealed that he had sent a message saying: “I’ve got 10 Kilo on Board I’m being safe.”
At first Partington pleaded not guilty but following the disclosure of the evidence he changed his plea to guilty and was jailed for 7 years 4 months for supplying drugs at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday 30 September.
Detective Constable Mark Hackett, from the force’s Priorities Team, said: “Partington was so sure of himself he sent a text saying he was on his way home after hiding the...
A 17-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to the murder of Elizabeth Rose Thomas at his home in Oxted has been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison.
Police were called to a residential property on Amy Road near Oxted High Street at around 5.20pm on Friday, 24 January, where the body of Elizabeth was discovered. A post-mortem established the cause of death as a stab wound to the back.
Steven Miles, who was 16-years-old at the time of the offence, was arrested at the scene a short time later on suspicion of murder. Miles, who had known Elizabeth for several months before the offence, pleaded guilty to the offence at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday, 9 September.
The court heard how Miles had dismembered Elizabeth’s body following her death and attempted to clean up the scene and hide the crime before the offence was discovered by a family member.
Elizabeth’s family provided the court with a victim impact statement in which...
Four-year old Liam Mansell from Wardley was presented with a Bravery Award by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service this week.
Liam bravely raised the alarm after spotting smoke in a kitchen and calmly went to tell a teacher at White Mere Community Primary School in Wardley, Gateshead on 11 September 2014. It was Liam's first week of starting school when the fire broke out.
District Manager for Gateshead, Dave Escott, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "It is a real pleasure and honour presenting Liam with this Award. He raised the alarm calmly enabling the school to be evacuated safely and quickly.
"If it was not for the bravery and grown up way Liam acted the incident could have easily escalated. This really does highlight the fact you are never too young to know about fire safety."
White Mere Community Primary School Head Teacher Ms Gail Howe said: "Liam had just been at school for four days when he noticed that a fire had broken out in the kitchen area in the middle...
I first read about Ebola from the 1995 bestseller The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, which recounted how monkeys in a government lab in Reston, Virginia suddenly started dying from what turned out to be the only strain of Ebola that doesn’t affect humans. A great read and thriller that I highly recommend.
There are few who are not aware of this current outbreak of Ebola, which continues to escalate and for the first time reached this county with a patient found in Texas, although most believe this additional cases that may reach us, will be fairly easily contained because of the health care structure here, higher sanitary standards and the cooler climate. Let us hope so.
Let me try now, based on what I have read to describe...
Midnight. The normally quiet residential street is a hive of activity, as busy and bustling as a midday marketplace. People have gathered from all over; neighbours, friends, relatives, all standing outside trying to make sense of the unfolding drama. We can see it all, hear it all from the bedroom, each of us taking turns to peek out to the street a dozen floors below as we rotate over and over again, each of us briefly the centre of the chaos, standing pumping his heart, then taking a break, a breath of fresh air and a glimpse out the window.
The bedroom is tiny, the furniture within taking up the vast majority of the space, leaving us with very little room to work, yet somehow we all fit in. Through the closed door we can hear the sounds from the lounge. It too is packed full of people, some who heard the initial shrieks and screams for help, some who received the panicked phone-call. Some were further along the communication tree, receiving word as the news branched out exponentially.
In my little patch of paradise I hear SLT are panicking that they will be summonsed by Central to account for the fact that the Custody block has lost its 4 star rating due to a series of complaints by its customer base.
An independent review by the site latecells .com has highlighted a number of issues.
1. Long delays in trying to book into accommodation 2. Noisy occupants of the adjacent cells 3. Pre-packed microwave all day breakfast and chilli con carne not microwaved enough 4. Delays in room service as cell buzzer remains unanswered for long periods 5. Pre requested copy of PACE codes of practice being dog eared and stained 5. No sea view ( no view at all ) 6. Footwear and shoelaces kept to prevent self harm not cleaned, laundered and ironed prior to return
Well according to Her Majesties Inspectorate of Prisons.... ( thanks to Police Oracle for this article )
Ms Maneer Afsar from HMI said a scoring system akin to that already in place for jails should be used to rate police detention facilities.