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Police: Be careful of last minute Rio scams, victims already lost £300k

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Action Fraud is warning members of the public about potential scams, as we fast approach the start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. 

So far, Action Fraud has received 47 reports of fraud relating to the Rio Olympics with a total reported victim loss of £299,935. Most of the reports relate to ticketing fraud and lottery scams

Fraudsters have told people that they are going to be receiving tickets for the games, only to find that these promised tickets do not exist. People should be wary about buying tickets at the last minute and should always check the authorised sellers list, which is published for the Rio Olympics along with the legal ticket guide.

Fraudsters have also exploited people via lottery scams; sending letters and emails informing victims that they are the winner of a cash prize and trip to the Olympics in Rio courtesy of the event organisers in Brazil or the International Olympic Committee.

Members of the public should protect themselves by never...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I am now a retired magistrate on the supplemental list.  Contrary to my non use whilst active, since my retirement I have used the J.P. suffix but very occasionally on my letterhead when I have considered it appropriate so to do for personal or business reasons.  Having survived the potential wrath of the powers that be for six years as a blogger I was surprised to note that a fellow J.P.  retiree   on the same supplemental list has been sacked. Being a  not infrequent reader of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office website I cannot recollect any previous case similar. With scant information available detailed comment is impossible but it does demonstrate that even for old codgers there is a point at which actions or behaviour become unacceptable to the authorities.  Having had some letters published in The Times using the J.P. suffix as an indication of interest in the legal matter under discussion I note also the reprimand handed out to an active magistrate whose apparent failure to self censor or...

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Police: Lies, Damn Lies and Police Crime Figures

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Sorry to resume from my vacation with a swear word but I’m absolutely pissed off with the politically correct bollocks being spouted about Crime Levels.

According to the latst publication Police Recorded Crime is UP by 8%.  This is glibly discounted by Improved Crime Recording Procedures, therefore we don’t have to do anything about it.

The Crime Survey of England and Wales figures are MUCH more reliable and they show a 6% FALL in crime levels, so Reform Is Working, Crime Is Down.

What they fail to tell you is that CSEW figures are nearly 50% HIGHER than Recorded Crime.

So, you tell me, Is Crime Down?

Last Modified 23rd July, 2016, 10:47 AM

Police: Bike Crime – Mark, Lock, Report

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Crimestoppers has launched a new campaign to help cyclists across Gloucestershire reduce bike crime by making their bikes secure, and to encourage everyone to report cycle theft and criminals handling stolen bicycles.

We’ve got support from an Elite Mountain Bike rider, too…

Cara MUrray

Hi, I’m Cara Murray. I started racing in 2009 and worked my way up to being the Elite British Female 4X Mountain Bike Series Champion.

I’ve competed in the 4X World Pro Tour and European series. I raced twice at the 4X UCI World Championships, representing Team GB, and  finishing in the top ten on both occasions. At the 2014 British Cycling Awards, I was also awarded the Red Bull Trophy for my achievements.

I’ve teamed up with independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers to to help reduce cycle theft by encouraging people to mark their bikes and lock them securely. More than 1,000 bicycles were reported as stolen in Gloucestershire last year – and that’s only the ones which were reported!

Crimestoppers offers anyone...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
On 25th July 2013, shortly before my previous host site was taken down, I commented on the numbers of serving police officers in England and Wales and the ratios of how the various ranks were proportioned.

4.86 constables/sergeant
3.26 sergeants/inspector
3.49 inspectors/chief inspector
2.2 chief inspectors/superintendent
2.24 superintendents/chief superintendent
1.82 chief superintendents/ACPO rank

Police: Recognising great service

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

In the last few weeks the force has dealt with some real challenges and tragedies: The high profile deaths in Nechells, an awful incident involving a very young child as well as some terrible child protection cases. I am pleased each case has had a good level of contact with senior leaders as work of this type can never be taken for granted.

These cases once again highlight the friendship and service you all offer to the most vulnerable or needy in society. However, it is tough work and it takes its toll physically and mentally and you need to understand this is valued. As part of this approach a new ten point plan for injured officers has been introduced. The duty ACC will contact and speak to every officer or staff member who is hurt requiring hospital treatment, because it is our job to ensure that staff facing these challenges are cared for. We also need to ensure that this is reflected in our policies.

A few weeks ago the Federation raised the fact that officers attending the Police Convalescent Home in Goring are...

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Fire: Considering a dip? Think before you sink

Written by RSS Poster News

AS the warm weather continues, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is issuing warnings to anyone tempted to cool off with a swim in a river, canal, lake or reservoir.

The Service is regularly called to incidents where people get into difficulties in the water and with another hot weekend predicted, it is hoped people will think before they sink.

The warning is particularly relevant following the death of Jack Pullen, 16, who got into difficulties in the River Etherow in Broadbottom last week.

Assistant County Fire Officer Geoff Harris, GMFRS Director of Prevention, said: “Swimming in open waters is far different to swimming in a public pool. The temperature can claim your life in minutes – even if you are a strong swimmer.

“On entering the water the body goes through an automatic gasp reflex which can lead to water being breathed into the lungs.

“In cold water blood flows to the core of the body to protect vital organs, meaning muscles in the arms and legs don’t work well, which often leads to people...

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Ambulance: Update: Nursing School Failed To Kill Me!

Written by RSS Poster Minimedic's Musings

Soooooo…where do I start?

Oh yeah, survived two years of an associate degree program in nursing, set to take that lovely NCLEX within a month now…and it only became two years because the beginning of my final semester started off with a divorce hearing…


It was a divorce that was a long time coming and not wholly unexpected for me, but it is a complex story of a woman thinking she could fix a man…

…ignoring red flags of anger management issues…

…discovering he may have classic narcissism…

…hey, awesome, it’s domestic violence without physical violence…

…get. me. out. of. this. marriage.

For now, I am somewhat functional with a job and preparing to more baby steps towards financial independence, but I’ve definitely become a different person over the past few months.

I’m back, kids. For better or for worse.

Fire: Tyne and Wear fire officer scoops Asian business award

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A Tyne and Wear fire officer has won a top award at the regional Asian Business Connexions Awards held in Newcastle on Thursday, 14 July. Mehrban Sadiq, who is a community safety officer with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, won the Public Sector award at the ceremony held at the Beacon business centre, in Westgate Road. Mehrban, who is based at Newcastle Central Community Fire Station, is a former chairman of the national Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) and does voluntary work involving fire safety and first aid with a number of international charities in his own time. As part of the community safety team working with black and minority ethnic groups, he has played a key role in building links between the Service and local Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Chinese and other community groups to help protect them from fire and to promote careers in the fire and rescue service. Mehrban said: “Being part of the community safety team and working with the business community and the...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
So once again a sporting celebrity or hero or icon, call him what you will, seems to have overpowered the common sense of a lay bench by force of his personality status and a good lawyer.  This time it was "Freddie" Flintoff; he of past cricketing fame.  His speeding offence had a  punishment financially  at Level 3 (max £1,000) and a Band B  fine regulated at  100% weekly income although there is discretion to fine in the range 75% - 125%.  The news report of his hearing gives no indication of the offender`s plea but I would assume it was guilty and so allowed a reduction of one third in the amount of fine.  Driving penalty for his offence is 4 - 6 penalty points or a discretionary disqualification of 7 - 28 days.  £500 fine plus extras and four points seems to this observer to have been arrived at by assuming income at £1,000 weekly; a vast  under estimate IMHO and applying the lowest 75% available. This seems to be a bench in awe of the offender`s status.  To the general public it will be seen as another...

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