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Police: Episode One Of The Met: Muppets and Moomins

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos
I was astonished to find that the new BBC documentary about the Metropolitan Police Service isn't simply unrelenting propaganda. I expected the usual soundbites about how crime is down, there are more officers on the street than ever before blah blah blah...

But it isn't bad. I have mixed feelings about it.

I have no doubt that Sir Bernard and his senior management team attempted to dictate the content, in order to show the Met in the best possible light, but the BBC edited heavily. Let's take a look:

Episode One:

Mark Rowley at a public meeting – I do feel for him: it's hard taking that abuse from people, but also I can't help but feel rather embarrassed at seeing him and his colleagues – our bosses – sitting there like imbeciles, unwilling to stand up for themselves or for us.

They seemed to do nothing but keep avowing: “...we're listening to you and we know we have more work to do...”

Rowley and the others utterly failed to get across to people the crucial point, that if a person gives reason to...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

Below is a recent exchange from Hansard.  Note the reply from the Solicitor-General.  It appears that it is easier and expedient not to collect statistics when these statistics prove embarrassing.  Recently parliament was told there are hopes to institute additional legislation for offences of "domestic violence". According to a recent Freedom of Information Request such statistics from the magistrates` courts are not collected...[this blog 19/03/2015] so it is rather awkward for those in power to start fiddling the law when they admit to having no figures to support their case.........or so they say.


Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Three and half years ago before my "old" bench amalgamated with two others we had approximately 260 members.  Early this year the number of J.P.s in the enlarged amalgamated bench was.........260!   During my last few years on the bench I was a high sitter; a situation that suited both the bench liaison officer and me.  On speaking to former colleagues since my retirement it appears that the number of two person benches is as bad as ever with recently appointed magistrates in many cases unable to offer more than the minimum sittings required.  In addition the baby boom retirees were and are  in the main experienced chairmen who from that experience were generally more capable of fulfilling the role than many newcomers to a system which now treats J.P.s as unpaid employees rather than government appointees; an insignificant matter of semantics some might comment but one which reaches into the heart of many who are disillusioned by the whole process of presiding over...

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Police: Man who murdered his neighbour sentenced to life

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man who murdered his neighbour as she walked to work, has today been sentenced to life.

Trevor Gibbon, 48 (30.07.1966) of Windsor Crescent, Harrow was sentenced today, Tuesday 30 June at the Old Bailey to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum of 28 years Gibbon was found guilty at the Old Bailey on 25 June 2015 of the murder of Alison Morrison in Alexandra Avenue on the morning of 18 December 2014, following a nine day trial.

Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson, who led the investigation for the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Trevor Gibbon has put the family of Alison through the ordeal of a trial during which they have had to re- live the events of that terrible day.

It is only right that the judge praised the family for their quiet dignity throughout the trial.” Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens,...

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Police: Clacton man faces life sentence after guilty plea to murder

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man has admitted murder at a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court this Week Darren Gilbert, 22, of Holland Road, Clacton, admitted killing 54-year-old James Gregoire in Clacton town centre on Monday, April 13.

Following the murder at 11.45pm police locked down the centre of Clacton after an altercation spread across a number of streets leaving officers with multiple scenes to examine.

A manhunt was also launched when Gilbert made off after stabbing Mr Gregoire.

He was arrested at 11.40am the next morning.

Senior Investigating Officer, DI Morgan Cronin said: “I am pleased that Darren Gilbert decided to plead guilty due to the weight of evidence there was against him.

This prevented the family of James Gregoire having to go through the emotional strain of a trial.

While the verdict cannot bring James back I hope this brings them a form of closure to their tragic loss.

“Gilbert is a dangerous...

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Police: Letchworth teenager sentenced to three years for attempted robbery in Willian, Letchworth

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

17-year-old boy from Letchworth was sentenced to three year’s imprisonment at Cambridge Crown Court on Thursday, June 25th after being found guilty of attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

The offence took place on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 4pm when the teenager, who cannot be named because of legal reasons, entered the Post Office in Willian, approached the counter and pointed an imitation gun at the male shopkeeper, demanding money twice.

At this point, a woman who was in the back office of the store pressed a panic button, which alerted the police to the fact the store was being raided.  The teenager then ran from the store and the shopkeeper chased after him but did not catch him up.

The teenager was not successful in stealing any money from the store.

After police investigations, the teenager was arrested on June 16 from his home address.


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Police: 25 serving Essex Police officedr served with misconduct notices by IPCC

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A managed investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into Essex Police’s north Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT) is now looking at 49 separate cases relating to the handling of child abuse inquiries reported between 2011 and 2014.

The IPCC has issued 25 notices to serving Essex Police officers and a further four notices have been issued to former Essex Police personnel who have either resigned or retired advising them they are being investigated.

IPCC investigators have now completed issuing the notices and have written to the victims, or their families, to update them of this development.

All of the officers being investigated are below ACPO rank.

Twenty-two of the notices allege gross misconduct and seven relate to alleged misconduct matters.

These include: -failing to make reasonable enquiries and progress investigations; -failing to address victim safeguarding; and -concerns regarding honesty and integrity issues in relation to how some investigations...

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Fire: Wirral Station Merger Approved At Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Meeting

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
The closure of two fire stations in Wirral and the building of a new station on Saughall Massie Road has been approved by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority.


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Military: MILBABE

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