Reading of the planned closure of Southwark Crown Court took my mind back to the day when I was sworn in there as a JP. The court is situated on the South bank of the Thames, just by the moored HMS Belfast. In fact the ship fills the windows of the jury assembly room.
I shall retire from the bench later this year, but the swearing-in will be a lasting memory.
I’ve been off-grid for a while, so let’s launch into the British summer with a light piece of typical Met management buffoonery. Okay, I know we’re still in late spring here in the UK, but I’m wearing my shorts, so that makes it summer, okay?
In addition to handcuffs, cops also use leg restraints.
These are wide Velcro straps that wrap around a perp’s ankles and thighs, binding the legs tightly together. They prevent the prisoner from kicking us when he is going bananas, which often happens. They make threats towards us, then generally thrash around.
“I’VE GOT ANGER ISSUES. AAAARGHHH…” and so forth.
This can be an entertaining spectacle, but is potentially dangerous for both them and for us.
Against this poor behaviour we have leg restraints – a useful piece of kit that enables us to carry the person safely, without anybody getting hurt. The package normally includes two straps – one for the thighs and one for the ankles, and can be stored in a car’s glove-box.
Down to earth now from the surrealistic event that many holidays are especially those with funny money and unbearably hot temperatures. Flying over the same area on the very morning when another plane was blown out of the sky was not at all comfortable. This blog by its very purpose has touched on political points only when matters of the application of justice and associated considerations have been applicable. This morning after the holiday nights before, I had intended focussing on the school attendance appeal at the high court; a topic on which I assume every J.P. in the country has had experience. But that was until I read of the E.U. by way of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker`s decision to invoke the rule of law mechanism to override the decision of a nation`s parliament. There will be those who comment that extreme right wing parliamentary decisions have no place in any E.U. country. But wasn`t the whole European concept to ensure that cataclysmic right wing...
Seven men and two women have been arrested as a result of a major operation to crack down on drug dealing in Thamesmead.
Acting on concerns raised by the community, officers from the Territorial Support Group (TSG), Bexley Police and the Thamesmead East and Lesnes Abbey Safer Neighbourhood Teams carried out a series of dawn raids, with warrants executed at 11 addresses in Thamesmead and one address in Ealing.
The suspects, aged between 18 and 56, were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences, predominantly the supply of class A and class B drugs. They remain in custody at a south London police station.
The trial of disgraced former Greater Manchester Manchester Police officer Kevin Dwyer 41 has started at Chester Crown court.
A Jury heard from prosecutor Anna Pope that the the victim who can not be named for legal reasons had made an allegation that after a night out in July of of last year she was walking home in Chester when she saw the defendant drive past her ” really slowly” a number of times eventually stopping on Francis Road.
The victim told the court that she confronted the defendant and said ” Clearly the man was acting suspiciously and being the person I am, I acted on it” during her conversation she noticed that he was performing a sex act on...
Has anybody here seen Julia Mulligan since the PCC Elections? She seems to have gone walkabout, or at least her office has in FOIWorld.
31st March, I posed a simple question (or at least I thought it was)
Dear North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner,
I notice from the Commissioner’s published expenses an entry on 13th June 2013, this is for Invoice Number SI10384, payable to the Association of Chief Police Officers, for PCCs Fees and Subscriptions, for an amount of £10,695.34 with a description of ACPO fees.
Could you please tell me;
a) To whom do these fees refer?
b) Could you please provide me with electronic copies of the invoice and any other documentation referring to this item of expenditure?
Not an unreasonable question I thought, shouldn’t take too long to answer that one. It was particularly relevant in the run-up to the Election because Ms Mulligan was being particularly transparent and bringing her Expenses and Allowances data on...
The Met’s Cyber Crime Unit (MPCCU) has charged a man with three offences under the Computer Misuse Act.
David Gerrard Buchanan, 18 of Vann Road, Haslemere, Surrey was charged on Saturday, 21 May with two counts of causing a computer to perform a function to secure / enable unauthorised access to a programme / data, contrary to section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and also one count of unauthorised acts with intent to impair operation of or prevent / hinder access to a computer, contrary to section 3 of the Computer Misuse act 1990.
The charges relate to various incidents of computer intrusion and damage to network profiles following attacks on systems controlled by the website Mumsnet and others between July and August 2015.