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Fire: Keeping thousands of vulnerable people safe from fire

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have signed an agreement to provide advice to a national housing provider on how to keep their organisation and services safe from fire. The Primary Authority agreement involves providing fire safety advice to Home Group, which houses over 120,000 people a year, many of whom are classed as vulnerable. The Primary Authority scheme was first introduced by the Government in 2008 to help reduce regulatory burden on businesses. It allows businesses to deal with one regulatory authority, nationally, rather than individual authorities in different locations. As part of the agreement, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service provides advice and assurance on how to comply with fire safety legislation, whilst also assisting local fire and rescue services when carrying out fire audits at Home Group premises. Home Group is a social enterprise and charity with a turnover of over £325m, managing 55,000 homes in over 200 local...

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Police: CCTV footage released after Manchester city centre attack

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A group of friends were attacked as they left a bar in Manchester city centre.

At around 4am on Tuesday 2 June 2015, the three men aged 21, 22 and 28, left Sakura on Deansgate Locks and were stood on the opposite side of the road near to Rebellion Bar and the ramp leading up to Deansgate strain station.

They were approached by a group of seven men and a woman and were attacked.

The 28-year-old was left with a broken jaw before the offenders ran off.

The group consisted of five black men, one wore a dark sleeveless top with a check pattern over a lighter coloured shirt, two white men, one wore a hooded top with a two toned coloured hood, and a white woman who had blonde pony-tailed hair.

Police have released still images of those they would like to speak to in connection with the incident....

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Fire: East Sussex firefighter seriously ill in hospital after training incident

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

An East Sussex firefighter is very seriously ill in hospital following an incident during a breathing apparatus training session last Thursday, 26 June.

The firefighter was on the fourth day of his initial breathing apparatus training when the incident occurred. He was immediately rushed to hospital, where he remains.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) immediately contacted East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and demanded that the training cease until an investigation had established the circumstances that led to the trainee’s collapse. This request was initially refused but the training has now been halted. The FBU are attempting to work with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to ensure that the investigation is thorough.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Our immediate concern is with our member and his family and we are doing everything possible to provide support at this incredibly difficult time. We are of course hoping very much that he makes a full recovery and...

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Fire: Firefighters urge people to act responsibly as dry, warm weather continues

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are appealing to people to act responsibly and stay safe as the warm, dry weather is set to continue. 

As the temperatures rise there has also been a rise in the number of grass and forestry fires in the county over the past few days, and with the weather expected to remain warm into next week, the Service is urging people to take care, especially in the countryside. 

Thetford Forest - July 2015

Head of Community Fire Protection at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service Richard Herrell said: "We are currently experiencing a hot, dry spell which many people like to enjoy in the outdoors. However, our message is please follow our advice and stay safe this summer. 

“The Fire and Rescue Service is increasingly attending incidents involving grass and forestry fires, the majority of which are accidental but some are unfortunately deliberate. 

“During the warm weather there is also a tendency for people to seek places to swim, some of which can be dangerous. I would therefore...

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Fire: Off duty firefighter saves man threatening to jump from bridge

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
An off duty firefighter from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service used his skills and experience as a firefighter to talk down a man who was threatening to jump from a bridge this morning. (July 1) Simon Forster, 28, who is a Firefighter at South Shields Community Fire Station and who lives in the town, is a keen cyclist and was out on a two-hour training exercise at about 6.30am when he spotted the man on the wrong side of Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland. He stopped and went over to talk to the distressed man. Simon, who has been a firefighter with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for five years, said: "He was very upset and was standing on the other side of the handrail looking down over the edge of the bridge. "I didn't want to make things worse by asking him what was wrong, so I just started chatting to him. I told him I was a firefighter and talked about what a nice sunny morning it was and tried to find out a bit about him. "I was just pleased to be in the right place...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Yesterday I posted on the silence of the senior judiciary regarding the unequal status of unrepresented defendants owing in the main to the withdrawal of legal aid for many in the magistrates` courts. Today the Lord Chief Justice is once more making his pitch for the abolition of the dock and the adoption of the American preceedure of having the defendant sitting in the well of the court with his advocate.  I wonder why he is pursuing this line of thought? He is repeating remarks he made in January.  Is it owing to the savings he thinks could be made?  He admits to the fact of unruly defendants posing a problem.  Oh perceptive of him.  He considers how  a court would  distinguish between those who would be the benefits of this new process and those who would not.  He doesn`t actually say that a dock should be kept in reserve for such circumstances.  Over my time on the Bench there were many occasions where only the secure dock both at first hearing and trial  prevented a defendant...

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Police: Legal Aid - A Look At The Reality

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
This article goes some way to correct the continuing untruth that criminal defence lawyers are little better than their clients.

Fire: Arson - Man charged with series of arsons in Norwich

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Police have charged a man in connection with a series of arsons in Norwich.

Jon Williamson, aged 35 and of Blazer Court, Northumberland Street, has been charged with five counts of arson and two counts of attempted arson.

The charges are in relation to a number of incidents in the Dereham Road and Adelaide Street areas of Norwich on Sunday 10 May 2015.

Williamson has been released on police bail to appear before Norwich Magistrates Court on Friday 11 September 2015


Norfolk Constabulary Logo This press release has been provided by Norfolk Constabulary and is related to an ongoing criminal investigation involving arson.

Military: Covering the ground in Africa with music

Written by RSS Poster The Official British Army Blog
Warrant Officer Class One Mick Latter has been involved with Army Music for 28 years and retires in a few weeks time. Following a successful career in the bands reaching Band Sergeant Major of the Band of The Royal Logistic Corps his last role was Head of Digital and Media Engagement for Army Music. He […]

Police: Killing Sprees at home and abroad

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon

The Met's ct exercise appeared to go well. They picked a lovely day for it. Always good to do, these exercises.

Outside London it's worth remembering previous experiences. Eg. Michael Ryan (Hungerford), killed 16 people and injured a further 15 at random in under an hour, including the first police officer on scene. With that rifle, if he could see you he could hit you. A neighbour just asked me about police response times to such incidents and if there were sufficient officers. I said a force has, on average, less than 5% trained for firearms duties. She replied, "but we never see any police patrols anyway".

I told her not to worry. Rule 1, reassure the patient. :-/

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