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Police: What is sauce for the Aylesbury duck....?

Written by RSS Poster A Just Future: Fair for All
In recent weeks I have been in an email debate with a fellow councillor as to whether an article on 20mph zones should appear in the next edition of Buckingham Town Matters. (I chair the sub committee which has editorial control of our quarterly newsletter.) The other councillor considered that the issue was not Town Council policy and therefore should not appear in the magazine. My view was that this is subject of great importance (recently raised at the Aylesbury Vale Transport Users Group meeting in the town) and one about which we can and indeed should provoke a debate among the people of Buckingham. The sub committee met yesterday and resolved democratically to keep the article in... so watch this space for it.

Meanwhile, imagine my interest last night as I drove through Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire, to note that they have a 20mph zone in their town centre. Look, here is the map that was part of the County Council's own consultation a few years back:


I assume this is what became...

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Police: Man arrested following incident at Gala Bingo

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News
A man has been arrested after two people were shot outside a north Manchester bingo hall earlier this year.

At around 7.50pm yesterday, Sunday 12 January 2014, police were called by hospital staff after a 56-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man arrived on foot after suffering gunshot wounds. The woman suffered an injury to her elbow while the man was shot in the hand.

The incident took place outside Gala Bingo at Harpurhey shopping precinct at around 7.15pm.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody for questioning.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4505 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



Police: Wigton pair charged with robbery

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

Police have charged a man and woman from Wigton with robbery following an incident on Princess Street, Carlisle on Tuesday.

Tony Kendrick, aged 29 years and Sarah Richardson aged 23 years, both from Craigmore Court in Wigton were charged in connection with robbery.

They appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court today (17th April) and have been remanded in custody.

At 8:15 pm on Tuesday 15th April, Police were called to Botchergate, at the junction with Princess Street, by the North West Ambulance Service to reports of a man having been assaulted. The victim a local man in his fifties suffered head injuries and was taken to Cumberland Infirmary.

Police are still wishing to speak to anyone who may have been in the area of Princess Street at the time of the offence or who may have any other information regarding this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Fiona Murray at Carlisle CID by calling 101.



Police: Prison sentence and ASBO granted for persistent hoax 999 calls

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

South Wales Police has been successful in securing an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) against a Cardiff man who made more than 90 calls to 999 in four hours.

John Hamlet has been made a subject of a 3 year ASBO by Cardiff Magistrates Court to protect the members of the emergency services from further anti-social acts.

The ASBO prohibits the 44-year-old from verbally abusing or intimidating any person including police officers in Cardiff and must not contact the police or emergency services using the 999 service unless in a genuine emergency.

The ASBO does not prevent Hamlet from calling the emergency services where there is a genuine emergency situation.

Police took the decision to apply for the ASBO after he made 95 calls to 999 from his home in Fairwater.  Between 9.30pm on Monday, March 3 into the early hours of the following day he falsely reported burglaries and assaults resulting in the wasted allocation of numerous police resources including firearms...

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Police: Distraction burglary: Teenagers arrested and charged

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with burglary following a distraction burglary in Whitchurch, Cardiff.

Money was stolen from the home of an elderly man around lunchtime on Sunday, April 13.

A 14-year-old girl has been charged with handling stolen goods in connection with the same incident.

Both teenagers, who are local, are due to appear at Cardiff Youth Court on April 24.

The victim has been updated.

House-holders are reminded not to allow any cold callers into your home and for local residents to look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours.



Police: Man assaulted – Atherton

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in a house in Atherton.

At around 10.40pm on 16/04/2014, three men knocked on the door of a house on Warwick Road. When the 44-year-old man opened the door, one of the men asked who he was. He explained he was babysitting his granddaughter and asked who they were. One of the men then leant over the man and hit him on the head with an unknown object.

The victim staggered into the living room and fell onto the sofa, before the offenders punched him seven times in the head and left.

One man is described as white, 5ft 10in to 6ft tall, of medium build and wearing a black hooded top.

The second man was white, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall, of medium build, with short brown/ginger hair and he was wearing a blue and white patterned top.

The third man has been described as white, 5ft8in to 5ft 10in tall, of medium build and wearing a cream coloured checked top.

Detective Sergeant Neil Lawless of Wigan Division said:

“A man opened his front door...

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Police: Workman verbally abused in Earith

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

Police want to trace a driver after a road worker was racially abused in Earith.

The victim was working on the A1123 at about 10.30am on Monday (April 14) when the incident happened.

Detective Sergeant Iain Moor said: “We are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a red Renault Scenic who may have witnessed the incident.”

Anyone with any information should call DS Moor on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.



Police: Swimming Club Treasurer Sentenced to Three Years for Fraud

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

A swimming club treasurer has been jailed for three years after stealing thousands of pounds from its funds.

John Crawford left Bootle swimming club in severe financial difficulty after abusing his position of trust over a period of three years.

The 59-year-old who is formerly from Maghull but currently lives in Wavertree acted as treasurer for the 135-year-old club for six years and, once established in the role, started to move cash from its various accounts into one used for paying invoices.

But instead of paying the invoices, he wrote out cheques to himself or his off-licence businesses.

Crawford also forged a mandate for £15,000 and persuaded swimming club committee members to sign cheques which they thought were for club expenses but were in fact pocketed by Crawford himself.

Another tactic the former bank manager used was internet banking to transfer large sums from the club to his own accounts, and the creation of bogus monthly and annual reports purporting to...

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Police: Seven year old boy approached – Haverhill

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News
Police in Haverhill are appealing for information after a 7 year old boy was approached by a man who asked him to follow him.
The incident happened between 2.50pm and 3.05pm on Sunday 13 April in Linton Place, Haverhill and was reported to police on 15 April.
The 7 year old boy was playing outside when a man came up to him and asked him to follow him, which the boy refused to do, the man asked him a further three times.
The man is described as white, of slim build, around 5’6’’ – 5’8’’ tall and in his early 50s, he had short cropped grey hair, he wore a thin black coat with grey jeans.
If you were in the area and saw this man or recognise him from the description you are asked to contact PC Christian Thomas at Haverhill Police on 101 quoting HH/14/713 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Police: Appeal for information after man attacked in Fleetwood

Written by RSS Poster Crime & Justice - UK Crime News

Officers are appealing for information after a man was attacked and hit in the face with a brick outside a house in Fleetwood, which his attackers then started throwing bricks and stones at.

Between 9:30pm and 9:40pm on Saturday 5 April, an 18-year-old man has been set upon by a number of men, who have repeatedly punched and kicked him in an unprovoked attack outside a house on Manor Road, Fleetwood. The victim’s friends have managed to get him away from the group of men and into the house. However, while escaping from them, one of the attackers has thrown a brick which has hit the victim in the face.

This attack has left the victim with multiple injuries to his face which required hospital treatment.

Following the attack, the attackers have then proceeded to throw bricks and stones at the house, during which one of the house windows has been smashed.

Detective Constable Chris Walsh said, “This was a nasty and completely unprovoked attack, the reasons for which are still...

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