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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

On July 14th I posted on Nottingham Constabulary`s zealous new approach to "hate" crime.  After all what better way is there for a police force to demonstrate its intentions and abilities to protect the citizens of "Robin Hood Country"  than grabbing hold and clinging on to the current policing bandwagon and making jingoistic sounds of catching outlaws emanate loud and clear from its press department?   Now, after one headline,  all the world can see the true ineptness, incompetence and simple bullying that lie just beneath the smooth exterior of its temporary chief constable who, in the coming days or weeks, will no doubt endeavour to justify her position whilst her boss who left last month gets a sun tan in Cyprus whilst policing that notoriously crime ridden area known as the British Sovereign Base Area, Akrotiri and Dhekelia.  

A 16 year old pupil living within the compass of Notts Police was wrongly accused of bullying, dragged from her classroom and imprisoned in cells at Mansfield police...

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Police: Fake text messages targeting parents

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Fraudsters are sending out distressing messages to parents in the hope that they will reply and send mobile phone top-up voucher codes.

Victims initially receive a text message from a loved-one which says they are in hospital and that the only way that they can make contact is via text message. 

One example message reads: “Mum i did try and phone from some else phone signal is really bad, there has been a terrible car accident. I’m in the ICU ward in hospital my phone ain’t switching on and needs charging. I’m on this mobile number please make sure you reply to this number, my friend didn’t make it he died before we got to hospital and his sister’s fighting for her life. Mum i had my seatbelt on, i’ve got a head injury but i’m ok. Going into Xray to be seen, please make sure you message me back and don’t phone cause mobile phones aren’t allowed here so please text in case I’m in there. I will go outside and phone you mum its really bad i need you to do me favour before it’s too late, as...

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Fire: New facilities at SafetyWorks! to promote key aspects of public safety

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A new community hub at SafetyWorks! designed to help tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) across Tyne and Wear is now open thanks to Police Innovation Funding secured by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird. SafetyWorks! is an interactive safety centre established and managed by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, working in partnership with Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Northumbria Police, Nexus, St John's Ambulance and Sainsbury's. It provides, realistic, interactive learning experiences for young people and community groups, to learn about the prevention of danger and how to live safely. PCC Vera Baird today launched new and improved facilities throughout the centre, including a brand new area dedicated to educating young people about the dangers of CSE and how they can seek help. CSE is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status. It is often a hidden crime as young people...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I have no doubt that Michael Gove`s dismissal from his post at Justice is viewed with disappointment by many, including this observer, notwithstanding the short lived Shakespearean history that preceded it.  It is to be hoped that his successor will lend her mind to the truly awful state of our prisons.  

Custodial sentences are of course the result of sentencing policies signed into law by parliament.  When magistrates` courts were empowered to impose custody suspended that disposal became increasingly common.  In 2005 about 6,000 offenders were subjected to suspended custody orders in the courts of England and Wales.  By 2015 that number had risen to over 49,000.  No figures are available for disposals subsequent to breaches of such orders. Thus sentencers at magistrates` courts in some matters have a choice whether or not to fine offenders, impose community service orders, to impose immediate custody or custody suspended (SSO) or a combination. In the case of this man the disposal was a SSO. There...

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Police: Be careful of last minute Rio scams, victims already lost £300k

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Action Fraud is warning members of the public about potential scams, as we fast approach the start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. 

So far, Action Fraud has received 47 reports of fraud relating to the Rio Olympics with a total reported victim loss of £299,935. Most of the reports relate to ticketing fraud and lottery scams

Fraudsters have told people that they are going to be receiving tickets for the games, only to find that these promised tickets do not exist. People should be wary about buying tickets at the last minute and should always check the authorised sellers list, which is published for the Rio Olympics along with the legal ticket guide.

Fraudsters have also exploited people via lottery scams; sending letters and emails informing victims that they are the winner of a cash prize and trip to the Olympics in Rio courtesy of the event organisers in Brazil or the International Olympic Committee.

Members of the public should protect themselves by never...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I am now a retired magistrate on the supplemental list.  Contrary to my non use whilst active, since my retirement I have used the J.P. suffix but very occasionally on my letterhead when I have considered it appropriate so to do for personal or business reasons.  Having survived the potential wrath of the powers that be for six years as a blogger I was surprised to note that a fellow J.P.  retiree   on the same supplemental list has been sacked. Being a  not infrequent reader of the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office website I cannot recollect any previous case similar. With scant information available detailed comment is impossible but it does demonstrate that even for old codgers there is a point at which actions or behaviour become unacceptable to the authorities.  Having had some letters published in The Times using the J.P. suffix as an indication of interest in the legal matter under discussion I note also the reprimand handed out to an active magistrate whose apparent failure to self censor or...

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Police: Lies, Damn Lies and Police Crime Figures

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Sorry to resume from my vacation with a swear word but I’m absolutely pissed off with the politically correct bollocks being spouted about Crime Levels.

According to the latst publication Police Recorded Crime is UP by 8%.  This is glibly discounted by Improved Crime Recording Procedures, therefore we don’t have to do anything about it.

The Crime Survey of England and Wales figures are MUCH more reliable and they show a 6% FALL in crime levels, so Reform Is Working, Crime Is Down.

What they fail to tell you is that CSEW figures are nearly 50% HIGHER than Recorded Crime.

So, you tell me, Is Crime Down?

Last Modified 23rd July, 2016, 10:47 AM

Police: Bike Crime – Mark, Lock, Report

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Crimestoppers has launched a new campaign to help cyclists across Gloucestershire reduce bike crime by making their bikes secure, and to encourage everyone to report cycle theft and criminals handling stolen bicycles.

We’ve got support from an Elite Mountain Bike rider, too…

Cara MUrray

Hi, I’m Cara Murray. I started racing in 2009 and worked my way up to being the Elite British Female 4X Mountain Bike Series Champion.

I’ve competed in the 4X World Pro Tour and European series. I raced twice at the 4X UCI World Championships, representing Team GB, and  finishing in the top ten on both occasions. At the 2014 British Cycling Awards, I was also awarded the Red Bull Trophy for my achievements.

I’ve teamed up with independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers to to help reduce cycle theft by encouraging people to mark their bikes and lock them securely. More than 1,000 bicycles were reported as stolen in Gloucestershire last year – and that’s only the ones which were reported!

Crimestoppers offers anyone...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
On 25th July 2013, shortly before my previous host site was taken down, I commented on the numbers of serving police officers in England and Wales and the ratios of how the various ranks were proportioned.

4.86 constables/sergeant
3.26 sergeants/inspector
3.49 inspectors/chief inspector
2.2 chief inspectors/superintendent
2.24 superintendents/chief superintendent
1.82 chief superintendents/ACPO rank

Police: Recognising great service

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

In the last few weeks the force has dealt with some real challenges and tragedies: The high profile deaths in Nechells, an awful incident involving a very young child as well as some terrible child protection cases. I am pleased each case has had a good level of contact with senior leaders as work of this type can never be taken for granted.

These cases once again highlight the friendship and service you all offer to the most vulnerable or needy in society. However, it is tough work and it takes its toll physically and mentally and you need to understand this is valued. As part of this approach a new ten point plan for injured officers has been introduced. The duty ACC will contact and speak to every officer or staff member who is hurt requiring hospital treatment, because it is our job to ensure that staff facing these challenges are cared for. We also need to ensure that this is reflected in our policies.

A few weeks ago the Federation raised the fact that officers attending the Police Convalescent Home in Goring are...

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