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Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
Thanks to David W-J for pointing me to this report.

Does nobody in the MoJ have a memory longer than six weeks? The idea of sitting courts in the church hall or a disused shop or wherever was trailed some years ago until the practical difficulties surfaced, such as security for staff and JPs, installation of IT equipment and other matters.

Mr. Penning, the genius behind this idea,, says that the proposal will 'restore the principle of community justice'. So that's why your department has busily closed scores of local courts, so that many people now live up to 50 miles from their nearest one?

He goes on to say that 'some people' are 'more than happy to go off to places where they are not known'.

It isn't the opprobrium of neighbours that people fear, but rather the penalty points and the fine and the costs and the surcharge.

Finally, and most ludicrously, he says that these little people's tribunals might be 'a job for the village bobby'. Which village bobby is that, Minister?


Police: Man charged in connection with an alleged threat against an army cadet in Belper

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man who allegedly threatened an army cadet in Belper on Saturday has been charged with a public order offence.

Adelso Saws (34) of Hillcrest Drive, Kilburn was charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoking violence.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Chesterfield this morning (Wednesday October 29, 2014).

Police: Public memorial ceremony for Alice Gross

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A public memorial ceremony to celebrate the life of Alice Gross will be held on Sunday, 2 November at Greenford Town Hall, Greenford.

Alice’s family has confirmed that the event will be held so that they can thank local people whose outpouring of support and grief has touched them deeply.

Amongst those it is hoped will attend the community event are family members, friends, teachers, local MPs and representatives from the police, fire brigade, Youth Music and Ealing Council,  as well as the many local people and businesses who offered support and helped raise awareness.

Alice’s parents are particularly keen that those who printed, distributed and put up posters, the army of ‘ribbon fairies’ who tied yellow ribbons of hope across the borough, and those who have tended the flowers at Hanwell Clock Tower have the opportunity to attend.  In addition, the family would like the organisers of the Ealing Half Marathon to attend after they gave 6,000 runners yellow ribbons to wear during the...

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Police: Five people arrested multi-million pounds drugs conspiracy including serving prisoners

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Five people from across the North of England have been arrested this morning (Wednesday, 29 October) by officers investigating a multi-million pounds drugs conspiracy involving the suspected transport of illegal drugs throughout the UK.

‘Operation Kervella’, which is led by Titan, the North-west’s regional organised crime unit, saw search warrants executed in Workington in Cumbria, Berwick Hills in Middlesbrough, Teesside, and Bangor, Anglesey and Pentraeth in North Wales early this morning.

Four men were arrested – one in Cumbria, one in Teesside and two in North Wales –and one was arrested while at a prison in Cumbria.

All five men were arrested in strikes carried out by Titan detectives working closely with officers from Cumbria, Cleveland and North Wales police constabularies. Once searches of all the addressed are completed, the men will be brought back to the North West and interviewed by Titan detectives on suspicion of conspiring...

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Police: Kent Police launches new Rural Task Force dedicated to tackling rural crime

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A new Rural Task Force dedicated to preventing and detecting crime in our rural communities has been officially launched by Kent Police.

The new unit was introduced by the Chief Constable Alan Pughsley, Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes and Michael Bax, Chairman of the Crime Rural Action Group at the Kent Rural Crime Conference on Wednesday 29 October.

It brings together officers from the Gypsy Liaison Team and the award-winning Rural Liaison Team into one coordinated unit.

The launch forms part of Kent Police’s new Rural Crime Strategy which was unveiled at the conference to community members.

The Rural Task Force will be focused on directly targeting those who cause harm to rural communities and listening to people who live there and will consist of officers, specially-trained to deal with wildlife crime such as hare coursing and poaching.

As well as investigating rural crime, the team will also carry out pre-planned activities such as the recent...

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Police: Firearms amnesty launched in North Yorkshire

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

North Yorkshire Police are asking members of the public to hand in their illegally held guns and ammunition during a firearms surrender fortnight.

Between 1 and 16 November 2014, members of the public will be able to drop off illegally held firearms at police stations across North Yorkshire.

This includes replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique weapons, component parts and ammunition.

Firearms legislation has changed recently and the police are asking people to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to help avoid them getting into the wrong hands.

Many firearms may be held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality, or may be overlooked or forgotten in people’s homes. The amnesty gives holders the chance to dispose of the firearm or ammunition safely by taking it to a police station and handing it in.

Under previous legislation, if you were given a custodial prison sentenced of three months or more, you were prohibited from possessing a...

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Police: Coventry man jailed over city robbery and sex attack

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A Coventry man has been jailed for seven years for subjecting a woman to a violent robbery and sexual assault as she walked home from a city nightclub.

The young woman, who was 21 at the time of the attack, had left Kasbah nightclub in the early hours of 15 February after a night out with friends and started to walk home. A man began to follow her along Berry Street moments later.

That man, who turned out to be 41-year-old Linton Long, knocked the woman to the floor and demanded money before dragging her back to her feet and into a nearby alleyway. It was in the alleyway where the woman was forced to perform sex acts before Long, of Adderley Street, raped her.

In a final callous act he then blindfolded his terrified victim with her own scarf before stealing her bag and running off.

Police were called to the scene by a passer-by and an investigation was immediately launched.
Warehouseman, Long, was identified following a trawl of local CCTV and was arrested just four days later.


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Police: Greater Manchester Police’s top Special Constable to be jailed @GMPSpecials

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Greater Manchester Police’s top Special Constable is to be sentenced for various ‘comedy’ crimes at the Greater Manchester Police Museum in an attempt to raise almost £1000 for charity.

Chief Officer Michael Walmsley has been summoned to appear at the GMP Museum replica courtroom on Thursday 20 November 2014.

He will present himself at the museum, a former Victorian police station, for mock processing before facing tongue-in-cheek accusations from friends, families and co-workers and receiving a sentenced befitting his crimes.

Upon being sentenced, Mike will be locked up in the Victorian prison cells – the same cells used to house real prisoners in the museum’s previous life – and will not be released until either the bail requirement of £999 has been reached, or he has completed his sentence. 

All bail money raised on the day will be donated to the British Red Cross to help fund projects in the local community and support the...

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Police: Murder into death of four investigation continues

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police investigating the deaths of a family in Clayton, Bradford are continuing forensic examinations at the scene today.

Detectives are continuing to examine the circumstances of what took place in the property at Blackberry Way to which police were called at 8.30 Monday October 27, after the bodies of Jitendra Lad, his wife Daksha and their daughters Trisha and Nisha were found there.

Forensic post mortems are undergoing today and when these have been completed the findings will be shared with family members, and then afterwards, released to the media.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.


Police: 87-year-old man charged with outraging public decency – Bury

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man has been charged with outraging public decency in Bury.

At about 2.15pm on Tuesday 28 October 2014, police were called to Nuttall Park in Ramsbottom, Bury, following reports a man had been seen exposing himself and masturbating.

Officers attended and a man was arrested.

Anthony Mancini, also known as Bertram Monk, (born 07/05/1927), of Summerseat, has been charged with outraging public decency and bailed to appear before Bury and Rochdale Magistrates’ Court on 14 November 2014.

Detective Inspector Denise Pye said: “I know this incident caused a lot of parents a great deal of distress and anxiety, particularly during half-term when there are a lot of children using the park.

“I want to reassure people that we have arrested and charged a man and while I cannot talk about that individual as the matter is yet to be heard before the courts, I do want to assure people that strict bail conditions have been imposed preventing him from entering the park and our...

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