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Police: Brexit

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

This week’s events represent the most seismic moment in the country’s history in our lifetime.  The political consensus on Britain and Europe has changed. There are considerable uncertainties over what lies ahead that cannot be answered. People have very divided views on what has just taken place and the future. Britain is in a period of unprecedented change.

There is an important role for the police service at this time. We provide security and stability to our communities. There are a number of things we now need to do.

It is no surprise people are feeling insecure. This insecurity is, I think, amplified for some through race or religion or for others who have moved to the region from elsewhere in Europe.  In some sense this is not as a result of direct actions by people in their communities. It is set in the context of the referendum that has had a forceful debate on immigration, our relationship with Europe and national identity.

This has and will have the potential to become directed at people through acts of hate. At this stage,...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I am not a supporter of Howard League.  That organisation or more exactly a one woman band lobbying machine,   would abolish any custodial sentence of less than twelve months.  In a paradoxical fashion it fits in to some extent with the Magistrates Association desire to increase to that very same number the maximum sentence in the lower court from the current six.  In her latest pitch for parliamentary support Frances Crook cites M.P. David Lammy and his remarks to the Criminal Justice Alliance  itself a lobby group. It is noted that two of its trustees are its chairman and treasurer.  The voice behind another lobbying organisation Transform Justice is also a trustee.  But to return to Mr Lammy and his comments: as an experienced parliamentarian his speech and particularly his observations pp4 make unsupported detail into "facts" worthy of repetition.........exactly what he questioned a few lines previously.  This is the same David Lammy who called for a second referendum within 36 hours  of the LEAVE  vote...

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Ambulance: Sinners and Saints

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe » Medic Scribe

As each of us will ultimately find ourselves before our god, many will find themselves before their paramedic. But unlike their god, their paramedic does not sit in judgement. We treat all of our patients the same. That is the creed. The man in the Mercedes Benz gets the same care as the man pushing the shopping cart full of cans. The model gets the same priority as the toothless crack whore, the All-American the same careful assessment as the bed sore ridden amputee, the police officer the same professionalism as the thief.

Most of my patients are anonymous. But sometimes they are not. I have cared for famous politicians, athletes, entertainers, scholars, businessmen and criminals. Sometimes I like to talk to my patients. I ask them about their lives, how they ended up here on my stretcher, what lessons or regrets do they have from their journeys. When my patient’s public history is known to me, and I suspect my letting on that I know who they are will make them uncomfortable, I try not to let on...

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Police: Police Appeal for Information on Murder Suspect

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice – UK Crime News

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Police Appeal for Information on Murder Suspect

June 28, 2016, 1:21 pm

A 23-year-old man wanted by police in connection with a murder in Cardiff is believed to have been in Norwich recently.

Police are continuing to appeal for information of the whereabouts of a man wanted in connection with the murder of Cardiff man Lynford Brewster.

Mr Brewster, 29, died of stab wounds on Sunday, 12 June following an incident at around 7pm in Brynfedw, Llanedeyrn.

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Detectives would like to speak with Jake Whelan, 23, in connection with the incident and are appealing to him directly, or anyone who knows him, to make contact.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Ceri Hughes, said: “Jake Whelan is from Kidderminster but is known to have links in Cardiff and wider south east Wales. We also believe he may have been in Norwich recently.

“We understand he works as a personal trainer...

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Police: Fraudsters installing fake letterboxes to harvest mail

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has noticed an increase in reports to Action Fraud of fraudsters placing fake letter boxes on residential properties in an attempt to harvest the mail.

Residents are sometimes unaware of the fake letterbox as the fraudsters will periodically remove the item, which may leave notable markings. The mail is then used to open various lines of credit with financial providers in the name of the innocent resident.

The Manchester Evening News recently reported that several residents in Chorlton have seen new boxes appearing against doorways and porches. 

A resident in the area said on Facebook that she opened up a fake mailbox on her doorstep to find a letter addressed to her husband from TSB bank. The letter confirmed a £1,000 overdraft agreement, despite the couple never having banked with TSB.

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Police: Man Charged with Offences After EDL Protest in Sheldon

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice – UK Crime News

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Man Charged with Offences After EDL Protest in Sheldon

June 27, 2016, 3:53 pm

A man has been charged with several offences after being arrested during an English Defence League protest in Sheldon on Saturday 25 June.

Thomas Johnstone, of Hitchen Road in Luton, Bedfordshire, has been charged with two counts of racially aggravated public order, two counts of threatening behaviour and obstructing police.

The 30-year-old was remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday 27 June.

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Source: West Midlands Police

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Police: Drop the Knife – You Only Live Once: The Story from the London Event

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

We’ve seen high-profile cases in recent months, including that of 20-year-old Lewis Elwin, who was stabbed to death not far from his home in Tooting, south London. To date, nobody has been convicted for his murder.

With knife crime still an issue in many parts of the UK, during June 2016 we teamed up with the Sunday Mirror to run a series of engaging events across the country as we appeal for people to ‘Drop the Knife.’ The aim of the appeal is to raise awareness of the issue of knife crime and to discourage more people from carrying knives, while also making more people aware of our unique anonymous service.

The three events, held in London, Birmingham and Liverpool, saw a panel made up of representatives from Crimestoppers, government, law enforcement and campaigners, with an invited audience gathered to voice their views on knife crime and how to tackle it.

Labour MP Chuka Umunna was amongst the panellists for our event in London, having been vocal about youth...

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Police: Teen Who Left Door Open So Burglars Could Rob His Friends Jailed

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice – UK Crime News

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Teen Who Left Door Open So Burglars Could Rob His Friends Jailed

June 27, 2016, 1:49 pm

A teenage boy who arranged for his friends to be held at knife-point and robbed of a £16,000 luxury watch has been jailed for nine years.

The boy, aged 16, from Glenrosa Street in Fulham was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court to an extended sentence of 14 years’ imprisonment, comprising of nine years custodial term for two counts of aggravated robbery and an extension period of five years.

He was found guilty of the offence at the same court following a week-long trial.

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The teenage boys’ three accomplices were also sentenced during the same hearing.

Nico Hoyle, 24 of no fixed abode was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery.

Jade Stewart-Duncan, 22 of Lime Grove in Shepherds Bush, was sentenced to 19 years’ imprisonment,...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Exceptional hardship applications  always initiated a lively discussion especially when all bench participants were experienced in such matters.  New colleagues generally found  such discussions a very good learning experience.  As the case of Cornwall v Coke 1976 Crim L.R 519 makes clear the Courts have a duty to assess the implications of a disqualification upon persons other than the defendant, bearing in mind that such persons are effectively innocent and will be punished irrespective of this. Financial implications were often put forward to substantiate many applications.  Other common arguments on an offender`s behalf were the effect of a driving ban on the health of close relatives who relied upon him/her for eg transportation for medical reasons or the  disruption to the routine of a child.  One argument I never heard was that an ability to undertake voluntary work would be curtailed. The very term itself seems to preclude such work being a just reason for allowing the argument.  Magistrates in Wiltshire...

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Fire: Join in the fun at Byker community fire station open day

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Residents are being given the chance to find out more about their local fire and rescue service at a number of open days organised by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service this summer. Byker Community Fire Station on Union Road, Newcastle, will throw open its doors to visitors on Saturday, 2 July from 11am to 3pm. Firefighters will be on hand to give fire safety advice, including the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan an escape route in case of fire, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires. There will also be operational drills and chip pan demonstrations. There will be opportunities to look at the fire appliances, see how the specialist equipment works and learn how firefighters deal with different emergency situations, including road traffic collisions and swift water rescues. There will also be drills by local members of the Young Firefighters' Association. Attractions will include face painting, bouncy slide, funfair...

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