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Police: AN EVERYDAY STORY AT COURT

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Sometimes events enmeshed within the legal system give rise to thoughts of "How can this happen? Is nobody prepared to tell it how it is?" It is no wonder that Franz Kafka who gave his name to the description of such events {Kafkaesque}  is most well known for his novel "The Trial" published posthumously in 1925. 

Convicted sex offenders must re register with police annually and give notice of address change within three days. This offender failed to do so and was summonsed to appear at Kirklees Magistrates Court. He turned up drunk and was refused admission to the building. As a result he was bailed to appear to appear at a subsequent time. Much valued court time was wasted, the case is still unanswered and the registration etc has still not been completed. Surely it would have been sensible to admit him with security escort, place him in the cells for contempt of court if he had not sobered up for the bench and keep him either in the cells or at a police station for appearance the following day.  Perhaps my...

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Police: Fraudsters spoof university email addresses in six figure supply fraud

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog
  • Action Fraud is issuing a warning as reports show that fraudsters are registering domain names to look like they belong to UK university email addresses. 
     
  • UK and European supply companies are being defrauded out of vast sums of money as a result of this. 
     
  • Fraudsters imitating one university’s address lead to a total victim loss of over £350,000.

How the fraud works

This type of fraud, known as European distribution fraud, happens when a company from overseas (usually from Europe) delivers products to the UK, but isn’t paid for the goods or the cost of shipping.
 
Fraudsters are registering domains that are similar to genuine university domains such as xxxxacu-uk.org, xxxxuk-ac.org and xxxacu.co.uk. These domains are used to contact suppliers and order high value goods such as IT equipment and pharmaceutical chemicals in the university’s name. 
 
Suppliers will receive an email claiming to be from a university, requesting a quotation for goods on extended payment terms....

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Fire: Fire Service makes pledge to protect terminally ill workers

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
TWFRS has made an official pledge to protect colleagues who become terminally ill at work. The Service has joined the growing list of organisations supporting the rights of workers with a terminal illness by signing up to the TUC's Dying to Work Voluntary Charter. The Charter aims to combat discrimination against terminally ill workers and guarantee their rights and has more than 600,000 workers covered by the charter. Chair of the Fire Authority Cllr Barry Curran said: “Our people are our Service, and their health and wellbeing is massively important to us. I'm really pleased we have signed this charter to set in stone our commitment to ensuring that any employee with a terminal illness has much needed security, stability and peace of mind.” The campaign began in 2016 following a Cancer diagnosis received by sales manager Jacci Woodcock in Derbyshire who subsequently lost her job. The Charter recognises that work can be a welcome, therapeutic distraction and this pledge...

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Police: COURT CLOSURES ARE A PRELUDE TO ANARCHY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Within the legal fraternity in its widest definition there used to be a belief in the concept of "local justice".  In the centuries that magistrates` courts have been in existence "local" has been extended from parish, to district, to borough, to county, to region. Now the terms under which magistrates undertake their duties specify that their remit is "national".  When the Ministry of Justice initiated its closure programme for courts in 2010 faint objections were made on the grounds of accessibility. These objections are now at their height when the predictions of "justice denied" owing to travel times and costs made by parliamentarians and court workers have proved accurate. It was widely reported that the MOJ insisted that even for court appearances in rural areas eg Cumbria and Northumbria, Devon and Cornwall, North Wales and East Anglia  no witnesses would be be required to travel on public transport for longer than one hour.  That commitment has always been denied by the MOJ.

On March 3rd 2018...

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Fire: GATESHEAD - 1854

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Photo: skyscrapercity.com

On Oct. 6, 1854, a fire and explosion ravaged the neighboring towns of Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne, killing 53 people and causing scores of injuries. The fire started in a mill in Gateshead and burning debris crossed the River Tyne into Newcastle.


Fire: SUMMER OF FIRE

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Photo: Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Drought led to an outbreak of grass fires from Manchester to London during the summer of 2018.

In London, more than 200 firefighters battled a peat fire on Wanstead Flats, one of the largest ever in fire brigade history, on July 15.

``Peat fires are complex because they burn underground and travel before reappearing above the surface somewhere different,'' Allen Perez, deputy commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, said.


Fire: EUSTON PUB - 2018

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Photo: LFB Twitter page
A picture is worth a thousand words and this image illustrates, in the words of a London Fire Brigade officer, ``how important it is to ensure your cigarette is completely out when you've finished smoking it.''

On June 22, 2018, flames broke out at the historic Somers Town Coffee House, a popular pub near the 
Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross rail stations, while customers were watching the World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland. 

Everyone evacuated safely but half of the roof and and second floor of the pub, which 
dates back to 18th century, sustained damage.



Fire: `I AM ANGRY'

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Grenfell Tower disaster, June 14, 2017 - 72 dead, 70 injured, 223 escaped

David Badillo, front, and watch manager Michael Dowden at Grenfell Tower

Daily Telegraph - June 29, 2018


With the plea of a young girl’s sister ringing in his ears a firefighter at Grenfell Tower undertook a desperate “personal mission” to rescue a 12-year-old from the flames.

David Badillo effectively ignored London Fire Brigade instructions to residents of the tower to stay in their homes by going up to the 20th floor to try and find Jessica Urbano Ramirez and bring her down to safety.

But to this day he remains haunted by his failure to find the young girl, who had fled her flat and climbed to the 23rd floor, where she later died.

Recalling how he was unable to save Jessica, Mr Badillo broke down on Friday as he gave evidence at the public inquiry into the disaster, which claimed 72 lives in June last year.

He had set out to find the Jessica after bumping into her sister on the ground floor of Grenfell Tower, as the fire began to take hold above them.



Police: Remembering

Written by RSS Poster policecommander

It was the grandest of adventures – my life in blue. 

I remember the moment I first knew that I wanted to be a Copper. The PC walking down the other side of Hammersmith Broadway won’t have seen the tentative schoolboy standing at the bus stop. But I saw him. And, from that moment on, I never seriously considered doing anything else.

I remember being driven through the gates at Hendon for the first time, all nerves and expectation. Sergeant Parkes was at the wheel of the minibus, with half a dozen of us sitting in the back, wide-eyed and wondering.

I remember the marching and polishing and running and revising.

I remember my first day on patrol and my first vehicle stop. I remember being terrified. I remember catching my reflection in tall shop windows and that unmistakeable sense of pride at who I was becoming.

I remember my first armed incident.

I remember my first nickname: Tarquin or, more often, Tarkers. Apparently, I talked a bit posh.

I remember my first arrest, my first dead body, my first car crash, my first pub fight, my...

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Police: MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Recently the big chief of the Magistrates Association was interviewed by The Times for its law pages.  Even a man from Mars would have thought that that would be a perfect opportunity for this representative of 15,000 JPs to have made plain the ramifications for justice of the Ministry of Justice`s cost cutting and incompetence over the last few years especially when the prisons and the courts are still reeling from the policies of a certain Chris Grayling; perhaps the most incompetent cabinet minister of the last decade although there are others vying for that honour. How more wrong could our alien have been. Apart from slight gentlemanly veiled criticism of the effect on travelling times to court for some and innocuous comments on recruitment an opportunity to say it like it is was neglected.  I have no doubt that this was no oversight. The virtual removal of legal aid at magistrates` courts, the never ending problems of interpretation services, the emasculation of probation services not forgetting the financial tie up...

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