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Police: MORE ON EXCEPTIONAL HARDSHIP

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
“The reasons for exceptional hardship are proven because you will lose your employment and a roof over your head.” This is an extract from a statement made recently by a bench chairman at Manchester Magistrates` Court. Last week I posted on exceptional hardship.  Unfortunately for motoring law and the principle of deterrence as exemplified by the totting legislation of "12 points means disqualification", the law IMHO has failed in this example. The Magistrates Association has published guidance on this matter; para 4) v is of particular interest.  A newsworthy appeal against exceptional hardship being rejected was heard in Glasgow in 2012.  The website Counsel Direct has valuable opinion on the subject. 

Exceptional hardship cases are heard almost daily in many courts nationwide.  At no time during my tenure was any official guidance given. Indeed my own notes were welcomed by many colleagues to assist them in their finding their way through sometimes lengthy appeals by advocates for the offenders. It is about time that magistrates understood all the factors which should be considered in such cases. 




Fire: Councillors unite and vote to keep Fire and Rescue within Norfolk County Council

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Councillors from Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee voted unanimously today (Wednesday 17 January) to recommend to the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) that it does not proceed to a full business case and that Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) continues to be governed by Norfolk County Council (NCC).

The PCC for Norfolk engaged consultants Grant Thornton to carry out an independent review of potential changes in governance to NFRS.

Margaret Dewsbury, Chair of Norfolk County Council Communities Committee said: “We had lengthy discussions at Communities Committee which revealed that councillors from all parties were of the shared view that there should be no change to NFRS governance. It has always been stated that there must be a compelling case to make changes to the way the fire service is managed and we do not feel this report provides enough justification to progress to a full business case.

“NFRS is intimately integrated within many...

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Fire: Could you be an on-call firefighter? Open days in Dereham and vacancies across Norfolk

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Norfolk residents looking to add another string to their professional bow are invited to apply to become on-call firefighters across the county. People looking for an additional career, or a part-time career to fit around other commitments, can help to solve the current shortage of on-call firefighters and help their community. 


Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service (NFRS) is recruiting across the county, with the on-call positions sure to attract people from all walks of life.

There is currently a recruitment drive in Dereham, which is hosting two open days later this month to fill on-call (also known as retained) vacancies. 

With 39 of Norfolk’s 42 fire stations relying on on-call firefighters, there is an ongoing campaign to fill  roles in towns and villages around the county. It is really important as it means firefighters are available nearer to any incidents and the service can respond quickly.

NFRS's on-call firefighters often maintain other...

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Fire: Fire investigation concludes Christie blaze was caused by hot works on the roof

Written by RSS Poster News

AN investigation by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has found that a blaze on the site of The Christie hospital last year was caused by welding works taking place on the roof.

Dozens of fire engines from across Greater Manchester tackled a large fire at the hospital’s Paterson building on Wilmslow Road on April 26, 2017. The building is leased to the University of Manchester and is the headquarters of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute where globally renowned research takes place.

Following a lengthy and complex fire investigation process, GMFRS has now concluded that the fire was caused by hot embers and used rods from welding works that fell through a gap in the roof onto combustible materials in a plant room below.

GMFRS’ Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention and Protection Geoff Harris said: “Following an extensive forensic investigation, interviews, and reconstructions carried out between all the parties involved in this...

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Police: Rise in reports of fake Sainsbury’s refund email

Written by RSS Poster ActionFraud's blog

Fraudsters are sending out fake Sainsbury’s gift vouchers via email, with 15 reports received from members of the public yesterday.

The email claims that the intended victim was overcharged on a recent visit to the supermarket and offers the gift card as compensation. However, when users click the link to get to the promised gift vouchers, they are led to a website that could potentially defraud them.

Reports to Action Fraud have said the emails look genuine by using the victim’s first name. They’re signed by Mia Chadwick of Customer Services.

Fraudulent emails that pose as a high-street name usual have poor-quality spelling, grammar, graphic design or image quality. They may use odd ‘spe11lings’ or ‘cApiTals’ in the email subject to fool your spam filter.

When a fraudulent email such as this asks you to follow a link, the website or email address usually doesn’t look right. Authentic website addresses are usually short and don’t use irrelevant words or...

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Police: CRUISE CONTROL WITH A DIFFERENCE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Car enthusiasts........now there`s a term that the green lobby would have bracketed in a similar group to litter louts or football hooligans.  I`m not at all ashamed to admit that a couple of decades ago I bought a bright red Triumph TR6 convertible; a classic British sportscar with an engine so simple to fiddle with that I with two left hands even managed to change injectors.  Belonging to the TR Club occasionally I joined with fellow enthusiasts to drive in convoy along some narrow country roads to an olde English pub where half a pint of cider was made to last a couple of hours whilst oily knowledge and experience was exchanged between geeks, anoraks or call us what you will. In fact there are dozens if not hundreds of similar groups and clubs nationwide doing exactly the same.

It seems that such activity has been banned in what is termed the Black Country for quite some time.  According to Halesowen News " A High Court decision to extend a ground-breaking injunction banning car cruising in the Black...

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Fire: Norfolk Fire & Rescue Governancee

Written by RSS Poster Norfolk Fire Service

Norfolk Fire & Rescue Governance

In response to the publication of an independent report exploring the future options for police and fire and rescue governance in Norfolk, published today (Friday 12 January), Cliff Jordan, Leader of Norfolk County Council said:


“The Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Norfolk engaged consultants Grant Thornton to carry out an independent review of potential changes in governance to Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

“Norfolk County Council (NCC) has reviewed the report in full and notes that the conclusions are finely balanced and there is no compelling case made for any change. Therefore we do not feel it’s necessary to proceed to a full business case as this will not only incur significant costs for tax payers but also take up considerable time. We also believe that such a process would detract fire officers from their primary role of keeping Norfolk safe and have a negative impact on the upcoming NFRS inspection.

“At Communities Committee on Wednesday...

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Police: Looking After the Thin Blue Line

Written by RSS Poster policecommander

There seems to be lots of talk in policing at the moment about something called ‘wellbeing’.

I’m no expert, but these are my ten thoughts on the subject.

(1) It’s People, Stupid

  • The fact that more of us are talking about the physical, emotional and psychological health of police officers and staff is a good thing. A very good thing.
  • But it must never become just another management soundbite – another thing to measure and another box to tick
  • This is about people – and it simply doesn’t get any more important than that.

(2) We need to understand policing better – operationally

  • Put quite simply, this is one heck of a job.
  • The things that become normal in this line of work would be entirely extraordinary in almost every other walk if life.
  • Do we recognise and understand the inevitable wear and tear officers and staff experience over the course of a policing lifetime – and the consequences this can have for their physical and mental health?
  • In particular, do we recognise and understand the cumulative...

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Fire: Register your electrical goods for Register My Appliance Day

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Register your electricals for Register My Appliance Day


Police: Naming Drink Drivers at point of Charge – as discussed by Lincolnshire Police Ethics Panel.

Written by RSS Poster Catemoore's Blog

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Every December, Forces run their Drink Drive campaigns to dissuade the increase in those who take a risk around Christmas and hopefully keep us all a little bit safer on our roads. Roads policing is particularly challenging for rural Forces and Lincolnshire Police continue to address this challenge as best they can. Faced with an increasing number of Drink Drive (or Drug Drive) offenders, in 2016 Lincolnshire Police decided to name those charged during their campaign. They did so again in 2017 and this garnered quite a lot of attention, particularly from local press and social media. Lincolnshire Police Ethics Panel invited Superintendent Phil Vickers to present to us the reasoning behind the move to name those charged and to join us in an open debate.

Superintendent Vickers explained to the Panel that the Force had been faced with an increasing offender cohort and a decrease in public interest/press uptake of the annual campaign. Naming people at...

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