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Police: Celebrating the life of Bob Jones

Written by RSS Poster A Just Future: Fair for All
Round about now, people have gathered in Wolverhampton to celebrate the life of PCC Bob Jones who died three weeks ago. Clearly there are going to many people there from across his many interests be they CAMRA, local politics and policing of course. I would have been there too, had I known before this morning that the service was happening. So in the absence of my presence, I felt moved to write this blog. 

Firstly, I would commend to you this moving tribute by his Deputy, Yvonne Mosquito: Celebration of the Life of Bob Jones (here). Please read it, all of it. Whether you knew Bob or not, you will be moved by her words. Would that we all could have someone say of us "there was no misalignment between what he believed, what he said, and how he acted". 

I have already written my tribute to Bob  (here) on this blog. But I have been reflecting some more on what I learnt from Bob, from meeting him a fair number of times over the last twenty years and reading many articles by him:

Police: Man sentenced following a significant drug find

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
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A man has been sentenced to six years and eight months in prison after being found with large quantities of drugs in Hertfordshire.

Ian Hall, who is 35 years old and from Navenby Road in Wigan, was arrested on the morning of July 3rd, 2014. He had been driving a blue Ford Escort northbound on the M1 between junctions 8 and 9 when officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit indicated for the vehicle to pull over as part of a routine stop.

A search of the car found a number of house brick sized packages wrapped in brown tape. These contained 10 kilos of what is believed to be heroin and two of what are believed to be cocaine. He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, July 18th and was sentenced on the same day.

The subsequent investigation after Ian Hall’s arrest was led by officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit.  A...

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Police: Man arrested after body found in burnt out car

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man has been arrested and a murder investigation launched after a body was discovered in a burnt out car in Erdington last night (Tuesday 22 July).

Police were called to Feltham Road at around 8.30pm following a 999 call from a member of the public reporting a parked car on fire.

A short while later a man was arrested in the area, he remains in police custody.

The identity of the deceased is yet to be established and a post mortem will take place in due course to determine the cause of death.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines from West Midlands Police’s Criminal Investigation Department, said: “We are in the very early stages of what is likely to be a very complex investigation into an exceptionally unusual crime. An arrest has been made and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this matter.

“Officers and staff from a range of departments across the force are working hard to establish what has happened, but I am asking that anyone with information which may help gets...

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Police: Cruel thief laughs after stealing from disabled pensioner

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

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A cruel thief laughed after stealing just £30 from a disabled pensioner while she was using a cash machine.

The sneaky thief struck as the 67-year-old woman, who is partially disabled and walks with an aid, was withdrawing all that was left from her bank account from an ATM on London Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport.

It happened at about 2pm on 18 July 2014 and police have now released CCTV stills of the offender and are appealing to anyone who recognises him to come forward.

The woman had entered her PIN into the cash machine and the money had just been dispensed. However, the thief had been watching her and took advantage of her condition to swipe the money from under her nose before she could put it in her purse

He was captured on CCTV laughing as he left the scene and walked off casually down Cooke Street.

The thief is described as being white, aged 20-25-years-old, about 5ft 11in tall and of a stocky build. He was wearing a dark coloured T-shirt, possible with the Puma...

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Police: David’s story: How ‘legal highs’ nearly cost me my life and my family

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Inside HMP Lancaster Farms during his second spell in prison, a Barrow man decided that it was time to turn his life around and kick his addiction to drugs.

David was serving a 16 month prison sentence for burglaries when the realisation set in that he needed to act before his life was lost to drugs and crime.

David said: “My Dad wouldn’t come visit me whilst I was in prison, it hurt – I missed him so much. I had thrown my family’s love back in their faces and all to feed my addiction to ‘legal highs’.

“I had messed up, I wanted my life back and I wanted my family back.”

David first experimented with legal highs when he was 13 years old. A friend at school introduced him to plant food, not wanting to be the one who didn’t join in David’s relationship with drugs began.

“There was a level of peer pressure involved although others faced more. I just wanted to join in and I did. We would get it online through a friend’s...

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Fire: FBU responds to new Westminster fire minister’s letter

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

In a circular to members Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, has  paid tribute to all members who took part in the recent action over eight consecutive days, as well as updating members on discussions with the new Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt.

In a letter to the union the fire minister has confirmed that firefighters will be exempt from proposals to increase the minimum age at which a person can access their pension from 55 to 57, in recognition of the unique nature of the job firefighters do.

Wrack said: “The decision to exempt firefighters from such provision is very welcome.

“It was this issue which caused considerable difficulty during our negotiations with DCLG on and after March 19.

“Since the threat (of increasing the minimum pension age to 57) has been removed, it is to be hoped that DCLG enter a new period of genuine dialogue and make revised proposals for our members to consider.”

Matt Wrack has also written to Scottish fire minister Roseanna Cunningham...

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Police: Copyof report provided by Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham into the death of Peaches Geldof

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News


On Thursday 3rd April 2014 Peaches Geldof’s husband Thomas Cohen went with their 2 sons Astala and Phaedra to stay for the weekend at his parent’s house in South East London. This is a normal occurrence that enabled Peaches and Thomas to complete work within their respective careers in fashion, journalism and music. Throughout the latter part of the week and into the weekend Thomas maintained phone contact with Peaches.  It has been established she went out for a meal in London on the night of Friday 4th April with 2 close friends. Peaches and one of the friends then went to the cinema before returning to her friend’s house in Hampstead where Peaches stayed overnight.

On the morning of Saturday 5th April Peaches went shopping before returning to Kent by train, arriving back at Sevenoaks train station at 1:13pm. She then took a taxi back to her home address. During the afternoon and early evening it is...

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Police: 8ft long Boa Constrictor on the loose in Skelmersdale

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are advising people in Skelmersdale to be on the look-out for a missing snake.

The 8ft snake, believed to be a Boa Constrictor, was reported missing at shortly before 9.30pm yesterday (Tuesday, July 22nd) from an address on Bearncroft in the town.

Boa Constrictors are not venomous and are not usually aggressive but the snake could pose a risk to small children or pets by wrapping itself around them to seek warmth.

Anyone who sees the animal is advised to contact the police.

Experts have advised the reptile, which doesn’t like noise, is likely to have gone to ground to find somewhere to sleep.

Inspector Mark Porter, of Skelmersdale Police, said: “While we do not believe the snake is aggressive or would attack anybody there is the potential for risk to small children or pets from the animal seeking warmth. I would urge anyone who sees the snake to get in touch so that it can be recovered safely.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1586 of July 22nd

Police: Robbers stole £10,000 of camera equipment from a Horsham shop

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police have secured this closed circuit television image of three men who threatened staff in a Horsham shop before stealing £10,000 worth of cameras.

The robbery took place at Jessops in Swan Walk just after 4pm on Wednesday 25 June but with the CCTV image now available officers are hoping someone may recognise the suspects and come forward with information.

Detective Constable John Hord, of West Sussex CID, said: “This was a terrifying incident for staff. Whiile no one was hurt, the men threatened to cause them serious harm. They ripped cameras and lenses from displays before making off.”

All the items have unique serial numbers and police are keen to hear from anyone who may have been offered cameras or lenses in suspicious circumstances.

Det Con Hord added: “We believe the three men had visited the shop earlier the same day and so we’d also like to hear from anyone who may have seen them or knows who they are.

“They should phone Sussex Police on 101 or email [email protected], quoting serial 1175 of 25/6.

“If preferred, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Police: Drugged driver jailed after head-on crash whilst high on cocaine, morphine, cannabis, diazepam and fluoxetine

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A drugged driver who smashed head on into another motorist on the wrong side of the road has been jailed for eight months.

Darren Penney, 47, was seen weaving through traffic on the A22 from East Grinstead to Forest Row and driving his Ford Fiesta at up to 60mph in a 30mph zone towards oncoming traffic before he crashed into a Skoda Fabia.

After he was arrested at 9.50am on 23 December, tests revealed he had traces of cocaine, morphine, cannabis, diazepam and fluoxetine in his bloodstream.

Penney (pictured), of Bermuda Place, Eastbourne, pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs and dangerous driving. He was jailed for eight months, banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “Penney is the worst kind of menace on the roads – one who takes drink and drugs and then puts other drivers at risk by speeding and driving dangerously.

“Penney and...

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