There are four constituent parts of any criminal justice system, the process of catching suspected offenders, charging and convicting them in the courts, incarcerating them in prisons where it is hoped that many can be rehabilitated. The first two components consist of many people with corresponding checks and balances to ensure justice is done with fairness to all and is seen to be thus done. However when it comes to the running of prisons in general the governor is "king" and almost but not quite an absolute monarch. Controversy erupts from time to time when it is revealed that...
Europe’s biggest street party, Notting Hill Carnival returns this weekend. It’s one of the most anticipated events of the summer where you can expect to see steel bands, flamboyant costumes and experience great food and entertainment. Taking place on August 28 & 29, most of the festival’s two million plus revellers will have a safe and enjoyable visit to London. Make sure your carnival experience is as positive as it can be with our 7 safety tips:
Night tube? Taxi? Bus? Plan your route home before you set off
Lots of people will be travelling to and from London during the two days of Carnival. Public transport may be busier than normal. Don’t be tempted to take an unlicensed taxi or to walk an unfamiliar route. Check the TFL website (or @TFLTrafficNews on Twitter for road updates) before you travel and plan your journey in advance.
Those landmarks can come in handy! Set a meeting point
With all that dancing and jumping about you might lose family or friends in the crowd. Agree a meeting point before...
A crew from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) responded to a very unusual call out on Wednesday, 17 August.
Swalwell Community Fire station, in Gateshead, received a call from Addison Court Care Home, in nearby Crawcrook, asking if they could surprise one of the residents on her 105th birthday.
Ivena Smailes, known locally as Aunty Ivy, had requested that her birthday cake be delivered by “a burly, tattooed fireman”.
A crew from Blue Watch sprang into action, and a firefighter fitting the description climbed a ladder to the third floor balcony of the care home before climbing through the window and delivering a cake, complete with candles, to Ivy on bended knee.
The surprising scene was the latest in a series of unusual birthday wishes requested by the sprightly centenarian.
Debra Carter, from the home, said: “She's got a fantastic sense of humour. On her bucket list this year she wanted a cake delivered by a fireman with tattoos. We've managed to find one and...
Over the years seeking interesting matters for this blog I`ve become aware that not for nothing is the term for our nation The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The province has its own legislation for many offences which can differ from that in England & Wales never mind Scotland; the other part of Great Britain. Abortion, or the forbidding of, is perhaps where the legal treatment differs to the greatest extent. But I have noticed from time to time quite significant variations in the treatment of motoring offenders although the local guideline for no insurance is as G.B.
District Judges rule the lower courts system. Their decisions on sentencing have appeared to me as a distant observer with only news reports to go on to be occasionally arbitrary.Giving a driver a four week ban when he already had six points on his license as in this case, if heard in England, would have had the legal advisor to a bench gently reminding magistrates of the accepted protocol that he...
If you have been following the progress of the Policing and Crime Bill 2015, you will have seen that the Bill is shortly to start its journey through the House of Lords. Accordingly, noble peers have had an opportunity to table amendments to the original Bill, for consideration and debate during the committee stage and on the floor of the House. The main aspects which affect mental health are –
A proposal to remove the words ‘police station’ from the definition of a Place of Safety under s135(6) MHA – this would mean police stations could never, ever be used.
A proposal to ensure the right to an appropriate adult for anyone detained in a PoS under s135 or s136 MHA – the amendment fails to specify who would have to provide this adult or who funds it.
Finally, it is re-suggested that Tasers or ‘electro-conductive devices’ should be banned from use on psychiatric wards – this is a second attempt by the Liberal Democrats to introduce such a ban. It was previously introduced by Norman LAMB MP and defeated...
On July 29th I posted on the Police Federation of Northern Ireland`s demand for mandatory custodial sentences for those convicted of assault on their members. The problem is the definition of what action(s) constitute(s) an assault. Some definitions are:- This is any act by which a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to apprehend immediate unlawful violence. Such an act must be with the intent being calculated in that persons mind to cause apprehension or fear in the mind of the victim. Therefore, where there is no intent, there will be not be an assault, UNLESS, that the person who assaulted another, ( and it was conclusive by way of evidence), that the person was indeed reckless as to the other person would in all probability have indeed apprehended that immediate unlawful violence would be used.
An assault is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in...
Somewhere out there today, a police officer will tell you that there’s no other job that comes close to this one.
Somewhere out there today, a police officer will save the life of a complete stranger. And they will risk their own life to do so.
Somewhere out there today, a police officer will talk someone back from the edge. They will find the missing woman, they will confront the knife-wielding man and they will defend the vulnerable child. They will go where most wouldn’t and do what most couldn’t.
And they will show uncommon bravery.
Somewhere out there today, a police officer will deal with the consequences of society’s addiction to violence. They will tell you that domestic violence is a disease of pandemic proportions – and that violent crime involving young people is one of the most urgent issues of our time.
Somewhere out there today, the call will come too late and a police officer will become the bearer of unbearable news.
Somewhere out there a police officer will suggest that people don’t often call us...
I thought I would take this opportunity to stage a quick takeover and write what will be my last blog in West Midlands before I leave for Merseyside Police.
When I sat down to consider what I wanted to cover there were so many things that are currently on-going I really did not know where to start!
It is all too easy to become very reflective when one is leaving an organisation, particularly one which has been such an important part of your life.
Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes
I have certainly found myself thinking back to my arrival in the force 13 years ago to a sunny (well it was raining but rose tinted glasses and all) Bloxwich nick as a fresh faced DCI and being greeted by a cheery “hello bab” by the front office staff.
The force certainly does not look, or feel like the organisation I transferred to from BTP. This is no bad thing, when I look at how we have changed moving from a very red and green performance and accountability focus to...
This blog along with many more authoritative sources has long been sceptical of so called crime statistics. The use of tick box mentality of recording has long been questioned. To the despair of many that methodology is so widespread it is endemic among both government and non governmental organisations; the Sentencing Guidelines produced for magistrates and judges are a perfect example. This "bible" of sentencing attempts to categorise sentences by a combination of harm to the supposed victim and culpability of offender. And now a "crime harm index" is to be deployed by police to classify the significance of different offences taking into account the number of offenders jailed for the crime including violence, knife and gun crime and the average sentences imposed. Considering that about 95% of all crime that comes to a court begins and ends in magistrates` courts with six months custody maximum it is likely that effects of inevitable prioritisation by police will be based on crown court statistics of the...
Fraudsters are taking advantage of a rise in popularity of currency exchange online trading schemes with bogus claims of get-rich-quick schemes.
Foreign exchange – or forex for short – trading is a much more simplified version of stock market investments. Punters will use a website or app stake a ‘call’ or ‘put’ on the price of a currency or market, gambling on whether it will rise or fall. These apps have proved very popular due to the simplicity of the betting, known as binary options trading, and the promise of a quick return or loss on their stake.
Binary options trading is legal, but scammers are using the rise in popularity to promise huge returns with fake success stories. They have been setting up fake
In reality, this is an advance fee fraud. Victims have been told to send money ahead with a promise of huge returns with a cut of the profit, only to be blocked or ignored by the scammer after transferring money.
In some cases victims lose out twice, as they’re told their trading...