I have just received an email from the Thames Valley Constabulary asking me to keep a good eye out for illegal raves over the Bank Holiday. Various pointers to rave-type activity are listed, and I am urged to tip off the Old Bill if anything happens in my locality.
But hang on a minute - of course raves are a Very Bad Thing at which people, most of them decades younger than I, listen to loud (and to my ears discordant) music, drink copious amounts of alcohol, smoke dubious cigarettes, and indulge in enthusiastic carnal activities. Of course, I would not want them at the bottom of my garden, and I pity householders who are subjected to a couple of sleepless nights, but really, is that the worst that the police have to worry about?
Throughout the years, nothing has enraged the comfortable middle-aged more than the fear that somewhere young people are having fun.
Shakespeare called it 'wronging the ancientry' and Milton spoke of the 'sons of Belial, flown with insolence and wine' .
Relax, folks , it will all be over well before Wednesday.
Fire officers from Tyne and Wear have reinforced a national agreement to provide advice to a national NHS body on how to keep their organisation and services safe from fire.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has renewed the agreement under a scheme known as the Primary Authority scheme. It involves providing fire safety advice to NHS Property Services Ltd (NHSPS).
NHSPS manages, maintains and improves more than 4,000 properties, working in partnership with the NHS and other health organisations to create safe, efficient, sustainable and modern healthcare and working environments.
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 NHSPS premises. Primary Authority Officer Ian Bell, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, has helped to develop the partnership. He said: “I am delighted that we have worked with NHSPS on a number...
Reacting to the publication of an Audit Scotland report that revealed a funding gap of £43M in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “When the single fire service in Scotland was set up, it was claimed by the Scottish Government that it was about protecting frontline firefighter jobs.
“Instead we have seen a cut of over 400 frontline firefighters and emergency 999 control staff in its first two years. These are austerity cuts to the fire and rescue service and there is no getting round that fact.
“With staff costs accounting for nearly 80 per cent of the budget it is likely that bosses will look to cut even more firefighters to fill the funding gap. This will seriously compromise public safety and put lives at risk.
“The cuts have already had a damaging impact on the service. Five 999 emergency control rooms are due to close later this year undermining the ability to provide Scottish firefighters with the fast, accurate information that comes...
A while ago I wrote a blog on the irony of the Home Office’s attitude towards Freedom of Information Requests.
You can find that here if you’re interested. I did ask the Home Office how many FOI requests they actually refused in a year, but they refused to answer that question.
In her speech to the 2015 Police Federation Conference she reminded us all that it was her intention to make the Police Federation subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (an Act that her government don’t particularly like if I recall). So with this in mind I thought I’d take a trawl through the 2014 stats, which are the latest states on the subject that govt has released.
In 2014 the Home Office received 3041 Requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
The law allows them 20 Working Days to respond under normal circumstances.
As of 23rd April 2015 2869 Requests had been processed, with 172 still being processed. (i.e. late, out of time for whatever reason)
As an active Justice of the Peace I was asked, as are many others, to consider sitting in the family court.I rejected the approaches on the basis that I preferred to sit in the judgement of adults who might or might not have committed criminal acts. I preferred to exercise my limited abilities where any error on my part would be balanced by the views of two colleagues and failing that by a judge and two colleagues in crown court. Thinking in a similar format I have occasionally pondered how a split bench of three justices could deliver a verdict of guilty beyond reasonable doubt or...
A fire engine and other equipment donated by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has been used to save the lives of people caught up in the recent earthquake disaster in Nepal.
In 2012, the Service gave a range of old equipment, fire kit and a fire engine, which was no longer required by the Service, to the impoverished fire service in Kathmandu City, Nepal. Tyne and Wear staff also travelled thousands of miles to train 52 of their Nepalese counterparts in how to use the equipment.
The kit, which included breathing apparatus sets and compressors, hydraulic rescue equipment, portable pumps and a range of other items, was vital in saving at least nine people in the city at the weekend .
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We have all seen the awful devastation suffered by the people of Nepal over the last few days, and our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to them and the many...
Detectives from the Trident and Area Crime Command have released images of a husband and wife they wish to trace in connection with an attempted murder.
Detectives wish to speak with Patrick Adams, 57, and Constance Adams, 53, in relation to an Islington shooting in 2013.
At approximately 10:00hrs on 22 December 2013 the victim, who was 51-years-old at the time, was sitting in his black BMW X5 on Wyclif Street at the junction with St John Street, EC1 when he was approached by a man and woman.
He was shot in the chest by the man.
He was taken by London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital where he was treated for his injuries for over a month before being discharged.
It is believed that the Patrick Adams and his wife, Constance, fled the country soon after the shooting.