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Police: The Yorkshire Ripper and Section 50 MHA

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Is Peter SUTCLIFFE the most infamous personality in British criminal history? – certainly in recent criminal history; and every time something happens in his ongoing detention, it attracts significant attention. This morning, there has been headline in news in print, radio and television media concerning a recommendation from the psychiatrist(s) in charge of his ongoing care at Broadmoor Hospital. They have actually suggested that ‘The Yorkshire Ripper‘ no longer requires inpatient mental health care which you may notice is slightly different to the headlines we’ve seen! … the Guardian reported that he is ‘no longer mentally ill’ and this is quite a different, and incorrect, point. (The BBC made the same mistake but have now corrected their headline!)

We’ve also seen and heard queries this morning about the legalities that are in play, with questions about what happens next as well as the odd query around whether he will now be released. So here is what happened in this quite exceptional case,...

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Fire: Partnership goes from strength to strength

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has been providing fire safety advice to Sainsbury's on how to keep their organisation and customers safe from fire, thanks to the extension of the Government's Primary Authority Scheme. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has been Sainsbury's Lead Authority Partner since 2007. In 2010, a Primary Authority Scheme partnership was formed to cover the category of explosives, with advice and assurance for the storage and selling of fireworks from their stores. The partnership was further extended in April 2014 to include the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The provision of fire safety and firework storage advice helps Sainsbury's comply with fire safety and explosives legislation respectively. It also assists fire safety and explosives officers when carrying out fire audits at Sainsbury's premises. The growth of the partnership has led to an Inspection Plan being consented and published by the Government's Better Regulation Delivery Office. Primary...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
There are  some people, J.P.s and politicians, who, for their own unknown and illogical reasons, still refer to or hanker after local justice for local people. The reality is that this concept can now only be referred to as a historical situation to be equated with transportation to the colonies. It is a dead concept; an outdated concept; a concept no longer with us.  There are however some diehards. I recollect reading a report a few years ago of a bench chairman proudly remarking that he and his colleagues living in the same small town and knowing a defendant enabled them to operate the law more equitably than otherwise would have been the case.  I wonder whether that included perhaps chatting to said individual or others before or after the hearing.

Recently barrister Mohammed Faruk was reprimanded for being over friendly to jurors at Basildon station after a recent trial.  His copy book is now forever blotted.  Unfortunate for him but what about the situation in courts where members of the bench have no private access?...

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Fire: Plumis Automist used to provide fire protection in Manx TT Races Control Tower

Written by RSS Poster PlumisAutomist
Plumis – Automist was installed by Eurotec Safety Services of Belfast as a key part of an alternative fire protection scheme to protect the control room within the control tower of the Isle of Man's famous Tourist Trophy (TT) and Manx Grand Prix (MGP) motorbike races, where riders compete on a road circuit of nearly 38 miles. The Isle of Man Government's Department of Tourism and Leisure (DTL) operate a suite of IT systems in support of these annual races and these are all controlled from a tower, situated at the start/finish line in Douglas.
The whole room was undergoing major refurbishment before this year’s event which takes place from 30 May until 12 June. The Island’s Building Control officers stipulated that the room would require additional fire suppression measures because the control room leads off the only escape route. The Department of Infrastructure had worked with Eurotec Safety Services of Belfast on a number of projects in the past and were pleased when...

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Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Military: MILBABE

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Police: A Small Dose Of Reality

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Now that the euphoria following Gidiot’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement has subsided, I thought it was a good time to remind ourselves of a few stark facts.

Osborne announced on Wednesday that there would be no further cuts to the Police Service, and don’t get me wrong, that is undoubtedly good news, I don’t think anybody saw that one coming.

We have already lost 17,500 Police Officers, and a similar number of Police Staff, many of whom are facing the real spectre of Redundancy.

We will not be getting those 17,500 back, so we are already depleted, and whatever your view of your average working day is today, it ain’t going to get much better any time soon, it just won’t get much worse hopefully.

Your pension scheme has been right royally screwed, these is no evidence that that will improve in the foreseeable future.

I haven’t got the full figures yet, but more than 500 Police Stations have closed across the country.  We won’t be getting those back.  It takes a long time to finance, plan, build a new Police...

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Military: British Veterans National Defence Medal (NDM)

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally


The cost of archive retrieval of personal records, put out to contract at £25.00 a time, has been responsible for the failure of Government to recognise millions of veterans.

Whilst the Nation was commemorating 100 years since the beginning of the First World War and reaffirming their promise that ‘we will never forget’, the government chose to bury the bad news that a National Defence Medal (NDM) would not be awarded to all those servicemen and women who had kept the Nation, its territories and its interests safe and secure since the ending of the Second World War as it would cost too much.

In 2008 David Cameron, promised a review of all outstanding military medal claims and that the Honours and Decorations Committee, responsible for making recommendations on the institution of medals, would become more transparent.  As Prime Minister he directed, in 2011, the Ministry of Defence to carry out the long over due medal review.

The review turned...

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Military: MILBABE

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

Police: Serotonin Syndrome

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

If you are a police officer who has ever used s136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, have you ever heard of serotonin syndrome and would you know how to recognise this potentially fatal condition which can have a rapid onset? No, me neither. I read this week about the inquest into the death in York in 2011 of Toni SPECK who died in police cells having been taken there as a Place of Safety. At that time, there were no other options for the North Yorkshire Police officers who encountered her at that time and she died after the arresting officers, the custody sergeant and the custody nurse failed to identify that she needed urgent hospital treatment for serotonin toxicity.

In a narrative verdict, the inquest jury decided that it was not reasonable to expect any of the police officers involved to have spotted indications of this condition, precisely because of the nature of its presentation relative to their skill base and training. However, the jury did decide that the custody nurse should have recognised the signs in police cells when...

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