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Fire: Urgent: Hotpoint Indesit & Creda recall tumble dryers due to Fire risk

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Tumble Dryer

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are advising owners of  Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda Tumble driers purchased between April 2004 and October 2015 to check with the manufacture to assess if it is subject to a product recall.


The manufacturer may  be contacted on  0800 151 0905 or at  It has been widely reported that these  products may present a safety concern. In some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire.


Fire: Wednesday Tidal Surge - Environment Agency Statement

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

The Environment Agency has issued a statement about the possibility of tidal surges in the region over the next few days:

Flood Aware


Statement from the Environment Agency

“The Met Office is forecasting that a low pressure system will move south-east into the North Sea during Wednesday and Thursday. As this low pressure system coincides with a period of high spring tides this may lead to spray and large waves coming over promenades. The weather system brings a risk of localised coastal flooding for communities along  parts of the east and south-east coasts of England on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

The Environment Agency continues to monitor the situation closely, working alongside the Met Office and local authorities. Environment Agency teams are out on the ground checking flood defences, assessing weather conditions and monitoring sea levels. We will issue flood warnings to affected communities if required.

We urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades, and not to...

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Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally

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Military: MILBABE

Written by RSS Poster Tony McNally


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Police: Simple Arithmetic...

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos
A two-part post today, but not too long.

Firstly, reading about Sir Bernard's intention to double the number of Met firearms officers to 3000, I was reminded of Concorde.

When the fleet was mothballed, engineers removed the oil and coolant with the deliberate intention of preventing the planes from ever being restored to airworthiness. Of course, there is now a substantial will to do that, but it can't happen because of the short-term attitude taken when these beautiful aircraft were retired.

I'm repeating a point made in an earlier blog post, but here it is: we might now have 2000 authorised firearms officers (AFOs) in the Metropolitan Police, but we had more than 3000 until five minutes after the Olympics ended.

The Met, under pressure to make cuts, dimissed them:

"Guys, thanks for policing the Olympics. Bye!"

Until that moment there were well over a thousand AFOs working on boroughs, who were called up from time-to-time, but generally worked in standard borough policing, rather than armed protection roles.

Those guys and girls...

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Police: The Most Wanted ten-year tour

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

Here’s a diary of last week, when our team travelled more than 800 miles around England, Scotland and Wales with a digital ad van, showing the faces of some of Britain’s Most Wanted suspects on a giant screen and appealing for information on their current whereabouts.

17th November

We kicked off our campaign today in London. Despite very grey skies the rain held off in the morning as we gathered in Old Palace Yard at the House of Lords to send the van on its way. We were very grateful for the support we received from London law enforcement on the day – our Director of Operations, Roger Critchell, was joined by City of London DCI Pete Digby as well as the Metropolitan Police’s Detective Chief Inspector Paul Johnson and Detective Superintendent Craig Turner.

Unfortunately the heavens opened in the afternoon, but that didn’t stop our van from touring all the key hot spots in the capital – including Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly Circus.

18th November

The sun came out for us today in Slough. Our van arrived at...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I had thought that there would be little to mention for a while at least on the criminal courts charge.  I was wrong.  Another judge in the crown court has made public comment.  This just reinforces my post last week about the Lord Chief Justice.  There are about 650 judges (excluding recorders) sitting in our crown courts. I presume they have some sort of representative body.  Where was it when the Ministry of Justice issued its intention to initiate this charge?  Was a decision taken that it would have been unconstitutional to make any reservations known?  Were there any reservations at that time? This whole mess brings the judiciary into disrepute.  It does nothing to uphold confidence in government when we learn today that British built anti submarine planes scrapped before they were commissioned in 2010 are to be replaced by American made aircraft for the very same purpose and that French and Canadian such aircraft last week had to be flown north of northern Scotland searching for a Russian submarine.

Fire: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service launches new-style appliances

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched two new-style appliances that will target smaller, low risk incidents, such as rubbish fires, across the area. Although these types of incident generally present a lower risk to the public and firefighters, they currently account for over 70%* of total incidents attended by conventional fire engines, and also peak in the evenings. The two new Targeted Response Vehicles (TRVs) will attend lower risk incidents between the hours of 6pm and midnight. It is expected that, together with a further two of the appliances (which will introduced at a later date), they will be able to deal effectively with up to 70% of the low risk incidents, with traditional fire appliances attending the more serious and life-threatening incidents. Following a successful trial in April the TRVs went live on Wednesday 20 May. Each appliance is staffed by two firefighters, consisting of a Crew Manager and a trained driver. They will be based at...

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Police: Online Crime is Coming to Town; victims of online shopping fraud lost £16 million to cyber crooks last Christmas

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

This Christmas, Action Fraud, the City of London Police and Get Safe Online are joining forces to launch a national campaign warning people that online crime is most definitely coming to town. 

This is in light of figures from last Christmas which show that individuals and businesses reported losing £16,426,989 to online fraudsters through online shopping and auction fraud . This is a 42% increase in total financial loss compared with the 2013 festive period where £9,522,491 was lost by victims. 

Last year’s report shows that the most common time for victims to initially make contact with the fraudster was on 28 November- Black Friday (221 victims) and 1 December - Cyber Monday (205 victims), as people head online to try and bag the best festive bargains out there. This serves as a warning to consumers to be extra vigilant on these key Christmas shopping days as online fraudsters are watching and waiting to capitalise on the...

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