Waste crime puts communities at risk, harms the environment and is estimated to take £1 billion each year from legitimate businesses and the HM Treasury. Peter Rutherford works for the Environment Agency in their National Enforcement Service. His blog talks about the damage illegal waste does to communities and businesses.
It may be a shock to hear but around 41% of active illegal waste sites have been found to be less than 50 metres from places such as homes, schools, hospitals, and areas of outstanding natural beauty. The dust, odour and noise from these sites can have a negative impact on people’s lives as well as their local environment.
Illegal waste operators also create uncertainty for the legitimate waste industry and can hold back investment in infrastructure that would help improve the environment.
Taking action against waste crime
The Environment Agency is taking tough action against the culprits of waste crime with our partners in the police and other enforcement agencies. The action we take depends...
A West Midlands PChad fallen foul of his management and was due to appear on a Discipline Board for an offence of Gross Misconduct. He deserved to be there, of that there is no doubt, and ultimately he was found Guilty and summarily sacked, no problem with that.
What attracted the ire of the Twitterati was the fact that West Midlands Police has taken the decision to ‘sell’ tickets for the ‘event’. Actually they were free, but how can allocating tickets through a 3rd party Events Company ever be right for a Disciplinary Hearing??
Chief Inspector Darren Walsh, from the force’s Public Protection Department, said:
I’ve just read a blog post on an American police related website. The story, as the site tells us all of the articles on it are, is satire. No more, no less. Sounds a bit like my site actually.
the problem with this particular blog post is that the more you read it, the more it actually begins to sound like the sort of policing scenario we are allowing ourselves to fall into this side of the pond.
It sort of goes along this theme …
Police departments across the country are pulling patrol officers off the road. Police will still be on duty but will only respond to 911 calls. No pro-active policing will take place.
It quotes the now famous (or infamous if you prefer) Kansas Patrol Experiment as a basis for this change in policing policy and reason for hiding all the cops away until they are called for.
Three members of the Kent Fire Brigade died in the aftermath of a fire at a psychiatric hospital in November 1957.
From Kent History Forum
The fire which broke out at Oakwood Mental Hospital on 29th November 1957 will never be forgotten by the Brigade as amongst the six killed at the scene were three Brigade personnel. An emergency call was made by the night Nursing Superintendent immediately he discovered the fire whilst making his rounds.
The call was received at Maidstone Fire Station at 06.40 hours and were on the scene within four minutes. On arrival the Brigade found hospital staff fighting the fire with a jet, direct from a hydrant. Faced with a developing fire situation at first floor level adjacent to the wards containing 350 mentally ill patients, the officer-in-charge of the two appliances and Turntable Ladder despatched in the initial response got to work after "making pumps 6" at 06.48.
Having started in the tailor's shop on the first floor, the fire raged out of control through the workshop wing, the printer's shop,...