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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
As far as I am aware no figures are published of the numbers of magistrates who resign their posts.  Anectdotally it has been estimated by some that since 2012 up to 10% have resigned owing to government policy of court closures.  This latest report of resignations  in Wakefield adds to the litany. 

Further to my post of 13th September it seems that the world has really gone crazy.  As if one Chief Constable`s lunatic suggestion isn`t enough the Police and Crime Commissioner in Leicestershire is considering jumping on to the equality and diversity bandwagon.  Soon it will truly be Sharia law enforcement.

Fire: Victorian era firefighters from Tyne and Wear included on national memorial

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
Photo courtesy of The Firefighters Memorial Trust The names of two former Tyne and Wear firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty have been added to the national Firefighters Memorial in London. William Bowey, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Police Fire Brigade, was overcome by acid fumes while fighting a fire in the basement of a chemist's shop on 23 September 1890. He died from his injuries 18 days later. Two other firefighters died at the scene of the incident. Frederic Charles Tiplady, also of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fire Brigade, was killed at the age of 38 after falling under the wheel of an appliance on the way to a fire on 26 April 1896. He had previously been awarded the Albert Gold Medal for saving life at the Princess Alice river disaster in London on 3 September 1878. The Firefighters Memorial is located at a site on the south side of St Paul's Cathedral in London. The cathedral is often symbolically portrayed as a famous and iconic building which...

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Police: Reform Is Down, Crime Is Working

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Well, honestly, it makes much more sense than the Crime Is Down, Reform Is Working mantra that we’re used to getting rammed down our throats doesn’t it?

On the matter of “REFORM” my view is clear, I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll have to say it again, but ‘Reform’ is simply NOT working, and it is not working on so many levels.

The Oxford Dictionary defines Reform:-

Make changes in (something, especially an institution or practice) in order to improve it.

Please tell me in which areas the Police Service has been improved because I’m struggling to think of one this morning.  Which other Public Service has been improved by Tory Reforms?  Again I’m struggling.  NHS, Fire & Rescue Service, Coastguard, Education, Justice have all been hugely improved by the Tories since 2010.  Armed Forces?  Don’t get me going on that one, suffice to say I don’t believe that successive governments have invested sufficiently in the Armed Forces.

There are some things in life that the government (of any...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
My criticism of police and their more than occasional thin skins does not allow failure of a bench of magistrates to offer them public protection to go unnoticed.  The offender in this case has such a history of violent behaviour towards them that the words of the bench chairman do not stand up to scrutiny however truncated the my humble opinion of course.   She was at the earlier stage of a community sentence and had had a previous opportunity to solve her alcohol problem.  

This seems to be a perfect example of offering a woman a sentencing option which would not be offered to a male offender.

Police: Restriction, Restraint or Removal?

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

I recently delivered some training in Leicestershire which involved explaining the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to emergency services personnel. Quite unintendedly, I ended up explaining it in a way I previously hadn’t which struck me as a more helpful approach than my previous efforts! So, I thought I’d outline it here in case it helps others.

As quick reminder, the MCA allows others to take decisions about a person who is reasonably believed, on the balance of probabilities to lack capacity. A person lacks capacity about a specific issue if they have an impairment or disturbance of the mind or brain and cannot communicate, understand, retain or employ / evaluate information relevant to that decision. For those who like mnemonics, you may remember the “ID a CURE” approach –

  • Impairment; or
  • Distrubance
  • and cannot …
  • Communicate,
  • Understand,
  • Retain; or
  • Employ / Evaluate

One from the top two and one from the bottom four and, on the balance of probabilities, you can declare a lack of capacity.  But what does...

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Fire: Arson - Arson prompts witness appeal in Hickling

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Police are appealing for information following an arson in Hickling on Friday (16 September 2016).

A report was received from Norfolk Fire and Rescue service at 9.21pm after they had attended a fire of two agricultural vehicles. Following an initial assessment they believed the fire was started deliberately.

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the times stated or anyone with information should contact PC Gary Bullen at North Walsham Police Station on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via their anonymous online form at


Norfolk Constabulary Logo This press release has been provided by Norfolk Constabulary and is related to an ongoing criminal investigation involving arson.



Fire: Street naming in honour of fallen Firefighter Stephen Hunt

Written by RSS Poster News

Wilf and Susan Veevers with Stephen's watch colleagues

FAMILY, friends and colleagues gathered on Tuesday, September 20 for a street name unveiling ceremony in Miles Platting to honour fallen Firefighter Stephen Hunt.

Stephen was tragically killed in the line of duty in July 2013 at an incident at Paul’s Hair World on Oldham Street, Manchester.

Manchester City Councillor John Flanagan along with fellow Councillors June Hitchen and Carmine Grimshaw suggested the new street in Miles Platting be named in Stephen’s memory to honour his sacrifice serving the community he loved.

Stephen’s parents Wilf and Susan unveiled the street sign and floral tributes were laid.

Wilf thanked everyone for attending and said: “We are all very proud and it’s a huge honour. It shows people are thinking of Stephen and that people are proud of him. The family is over the moon with the honour.

“All of Stephen’s watch were there alongside many other firefighters. I would like to thank all those behind the project and everyone who attended the ceremony.”

Fire: Victims of wartime air raid on South Shields to be remembered

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
A devastating wartime bombing raid on South Shields is to be remembered on the 75 anniversary of the attack. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, in collaboration with South Tyneside District Council and Father Chris Fuller, of St Hilda's Church, are holding a memorial service to commemorate the event which claimed the lives of 68 people and seriously injured 117 others. The evening of 2 October 1941 saw one of the heaviest and most sustained bombing raids to affect South Shields during the Second World War. During this air raid, the riverside was particularly badly affected, including the Market Place Shelter which sustained a direct hit. The death toll included civilians, an Air Raid Warden, a Special Constable and a fireman; Edward Broomhead, who died on his first night of duty working for the National Fire Service as a messenger. Station Manager Adrian Jackson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This was a landmark event in the history of South Shields, and...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Giving some thought to today`s post it occurred to me that quite a high proportion of my posts have been devoted to criticism of police.  A few years ago that criticism was generally directed against the policies of constabularies or the unusual procedures undertaken by them.  But more recent postings have been more concerned with the antics of senior police officers and the ineptitude or worse that has passed for activities more befitting those cops from Keystone were they not much more serious. The most recent such comments were posted here on August 19th.

The Chief Officers` Council; formally ACPO, in its collective wisdom has tried to persuade its overseers that cases of alleged misconduct against its members be kept secret. What arrogance!  From Watergate to Whitehall it has been demonstrated that the cover up when revealed (as it usually is eventually) has greater ramifications that the misdeed itself.  Those whom we pay and entrust to lead the enforcement of the law should  be the most open of all to scrutiny when that trust appears, rightly or wrongly, to have been misplaced.

Police: When I was a PC

Written by RSS Poster policecommander


When I started out as a PC in the early 1990s, things were a little different to the way they are now.

I handwrote my first crime reports on large sheets of colour-coded paper and filed them in binders in the CID office.

I prepared my warrant applications on an antique typewriter – one of those dusty old machines with raised keys and a carriage return lever.

I had a pair of chain link handcuffs.

There were fewer specialists and more officers on response teams.

There was less driving and more walking. I learned my beats and discovered where the best tea holes were.

There was a lot more overtime – with many more people willing and available to work it. In fact, it was names in the hat pretty much every time.

There was less bureaucracy and, outside of the Control Room, not a computer in sight.

Cybercrime was just a made up word.

I wasn’t faced with a succession of performance targets that made little sense – and almost no difference to the lives of those we served. I was simply expected to work hard.

Whilst the IRA was still...

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