Hampshire Constabulary has launched a major investigation to locate a five-year-old boy removed from Southampton General Hospital without consent.
Ashya King has a brain tumor and without treatment there are serious concerns for his welfare. He is likely to be in a wheelchair or buggy, he cannot communicate verbally and is immobile.
Ashya was removed from the hospital by his parents, 51-year-old Brett King and 45-year-old Naghemeh King, at approximately 2pm on Thursday, August 28.
We have confirmation that Ashya, his parents and six siblings boarded a continental ferry service from Portsmouth to Cherbourg at 4pm on Thursday, August 28. The ship arrived in France at 8pm French time.
The family are travelling in a grey coloured Hyundai I800 Style CRDI, registration KP60 HWK.
Information suggests that the family are still in France.
We are working with our counterparts in France to activate their emergency child rescue alert procedures...
When I walk into the assembly room on the morning of a sitting day, I never know what awaits me, other than whether I am to be a Chairman (as I usually am). Sometimes one courtroom is down for non-CPS work, such as local authority, TV licences, RSPCA or suchlike. I am afraid that these sessions can sometimes be very boring, especially the TV cases where 90 per cent of those summonsed do not turn up, so we hear the case in absentia, which makes the whole business rather mechanical.
The other day, in among the Council's failure-to-attend-school cases we were faced with a Fail to Comply with Enforcement Notice matter. It turned out to be a Beds in Sheds case; where a suburban semi had acquired a substantial unauthorised outbuilding that was being rented to recent immigrants for £650 per month. I can't say too much about it, but we imposed a five-figure fine and added on an amount to reflect the gain from illicit use over a couple of years. The defendants were pretty unhappy once they added up the bill, complete with costs and...
One day during the school holidays, Stick Child’s daddy took him to an outdoor adventure park, where people climb through the trees using various ropes, nets, rickety bridges, zip wires and other things. Stick Child’s daddy thought he’d be pretty good at it, as he’d been on similar obstacle courses when he was much younger…
It soon became apparent, however, that he was a lot slower than his boy, moving with all the grace and finesse of a large land mammal, tangling himself up in his safety ropes and wobbling precariously as he crossed from one platform to the next. Also, the higher they went, the wobblier he became, hugging the tree trunks desperately and avoiding eye contact with the ground.
Stick Child thought this was quite funny and was tempted to laugh at his daddy, who had been acting all big and tough when they were on the ground. Instead, he decided to help him, as he had learnt some good techniques for tackling these sorts of obstacles on a recent school trip.
At first, Stick Child’s daddy still thought he knew best (“I’ve been...
As a result of having their pensions stolen and the impact of a series of reforms introduced by a former train driver, a number of police officers have left Spamford Police to pursue different careers.
Former PC Martin Wibble is taking up a position as a night club manager and feels his police experience will be put to good use in his new role. After initially seeing his wages increase after becoming a paper boy- Martin found the early mornings were just like working shifts- he is delighted to be starting in a new job. 'Policing at the moment is just like being in a night club. The constables are in the toilet cubicle dealing with all the shit and the sergeants are standing at the urinals. They are keeping out the way of the shit but don't mind getting a bit of piss on their hands. The inspectors are at the sink washing their hands of it all while the chief inspectors are abusing the free aftershave in the hope that they will be able to join the superintendents on the dance floor. The superintendents will dance to...
I notice that Patrick FOSTER, a hard put upon ( according to his twitter comments) member of Her Majesties press has been cautioned for hacking into the E mail account of NIGHTJACK a serving police officer in Lancashire. He and his newspaper subsequently 'outed' the officer, a DC Richard HORTON, causing him some considerable professional and personal dilemmas.
The TIMEs subsequently defend his actions claiming the officers identity had been uncovered via legal means. Following his arrest it was established he had illegally hacked into the officers account and committed an offence under the Computer Misuse Act.
In what seems to me to be a whining and mealy mouthed statement placed on Twitter, he bewails his fate.....saying
" The past two years of this unnecessarily heavy handed police investigation have been a nightmare. I have been unemployable, but have to bear the cost of substantial legal fees.I have cooperated with the seemingly never ending investigations at all times. In order to bring this regrettable...
The headlines this morning are all about the position of the South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner and calls for him to resign. Shaun Wright, former chair of the relevant council committee while the abuse was continuing, has reiterated his apology for the collective failure during his time of office in Rotherham. He has just resigned from the Labour Party and is now operating as an independent PCC. However he is (so far) refusing to reliquish his position as PCC. (Summary news here)
Commentary on this state of affairs is ballooning, including blog posts from my colleagues Bernard Rix and Sam Chapman. On Sam's blog, I have added this comment:
Whilst I have lots of sympathies with the points you make Sam, it is my understanding that the whole dire CSE business in Rotherham was well covered by the press before the election of PCCs and Mr Wright’s role as Chair of the relevant committee was also known. (Here is one blog post about the matter for...
Group Manager Sean McKee, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “Jumping into open water can lead to serious injuries or even death. What may seem like a bit of fun could have serious consequences.
“Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service undertake rescues from the river Tyne and river Wear and from lakes every single week and we deal with the devastating consequences too often.
“Jumping into open water is not only a risk to yourself and your friends, it is a huge risk to emergency services who may need to carry out the rescue. It is a dangerous and foolish thing to do as tidal conditions and currents can change rapidly. There are dangerous hazards beneath the water and you can easily become trapped. The rapid change in temperature will also have an impact on the way your body reacts causing you to become tired and distressed more easily.
“The Fire and Rescue Service fully supports this fundraising challenge. We do not want to spoil the fun, but it is very important to be aware of the extreme dangers of jumping into lakes and rivers.”