Monday, 20 August 2018

The Progressives Won. This Is The Result.

Two male suspects were stopped driving by three plain-clothed police in Romford, London at 4.30pm yesterday.
As police went to speak to the men, they got out their vehicle and a struggle broke.
A female officer suffered a broken bone in her right hand, while a male officer has ligament damage to his hand which now requires surgery.
Do watch the video. The useless female officer waving an ASP around ineffectually, unable to restrain a poodle. The male officers unable or unwilling to go hands on, probably for fear of what might happen.

This is the modern police service the progressives wanted. And like everything else the progressives wanted (and mostly got) it's not fit for purpose.

And the public know it.
A local office worker who witnessed the drama said yesterday: 'The police told everyone to stand back while they were grappling with the guy but obviously didn't reckon on him being so strong.
'They managed to get him on the ground at first but he got to his feet swinging at the woman cop and carried on fighting after getting blasted in the face with pepper spray.
'I thought they'd managed to handcuff him after he was beaten with batons and forced into his car but he somehow broke free and ran for it.'
How embarrassing.
'He took on three police and won and a cheer went up when he got away because it looked so comical.'
Why did no-one assist, even when it was clear that the police couldn't cope?
'It's not a particularly rough (sic) around here but no one felt obliged to help the police out when they warned everyone to stand clear when it started.
I expect no-one else felt like exposing themselves to the inevitable immediate turnaround they could have exposed themselves to. And who can blame them?

Plus, the police have done themselves no favours in recent years, as Tim Newman points out, with demands on the public to fund them to tackle crime, which the bemused public them finds is going to fund hopeless cases and fripperies.

It’s A Long Way To Come For A Brawl, Isn’t It?

Police were called to Hamlet Court Road on Monday night at about 10.15pm following reports of groups of people attacking each other including an alleged masked man using a machete in the fight.
Ah, Hamlet Court Road. It used to be such a thriving area; I went there on Friday, to collect some curtains I'd ordered, and what a difference in a few years, since I was there last.

It's now entirely composed of restaurants & cafes, interspersed with closed & semi-derelict stores, and more charity shops than I've ever seen in one road.

Here and there, a faded boutique shop clings grimly on, until its last regular customer dies or moves away, and it too succumbs.
Officers arrested an 18-year-old man from Harrow at the scene, on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
He is currently in custody while police continue with their enquiries.
Why would someone come all the way from Harrow for a ruck in a run-down seaside town, I wonder?
One witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It looked as though the fight was between two groups, there was at least one man with his face covered and a machete.
"It has got much worse in this area in the past few months, we have seen a lot of trouble especially in the evenings and through the night.
I have seen people doing drug deals in the middle of the street at all times of day, they don’t seem to care who sees them. It feels quite lawless - I don’t feel comfortable walking around the area and I think a lot of other people would agree.
“It was a beautiful area once, but there are some serious issues that really need to be addressed quickly before these incidents spiral out of control.”
Ah. Well, that explains it, I suppose.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

There's A Strange Familiarity...

Jessica, Charlie and his little sister Elsie, two, were on their way back from a family day out when they stopped at the McDonald's in Hampton near Peterborough, Cambs.
He had been holding his mother's hand but she turned round after feeling his hand slip out of hers to see the girl on top of him.
A woman, believed to be the girl's mum, was telling her to stop and allegedly said 'I'm sorry, she's autistic,' according to the mother.
Well, that's OK then. If you can't prevent her attacking children, why are you taking her into places crowded with them?
Jessica said the girl was 'hitting, scratching, biting. Down his back, his bottom, his legs.' She said: 'I leaned down and I was saying 'oh no, jump up'. As I got down to lift him up, I realised the girl was shaking her head and her teeth were in his back. He was obviously hysterical.
'Charlie was still crying. I managed to pull him away slightly but it was at least 30 seconds, and she was biting him all the way down his body as I dragged him.
'She was biting, hitting, scratching him. Then I fell back myself and had Charlie on top of me because I gave one last tug.'
Jessica claims the police initially failed to investigate the incident which happened on July but have since made inquiries.
Sure, when it's too late. They should have been called by the McDonald's staff if the mother of the victim was too distraught, and the attacker detained for their arrival.
Jessica shared a post about the experience on social media, which has since been shared more than 7,000 times.
She wrote: 'I'm so angry! I'm so so very upset! How can my child go through this, and yet no one is going to be held responsible?
'What is this teaching him? Who is protecting him? I'm trying so hard to be understanding to every aspect of the situation, but it just doesn't seem right.'
She added: 'I just feel like Charlie is being failed and I just don't know what to do?!'
Have less 'understanding' and 'concern' for the attacker, and next time, draw blood, kick, punch, do whatever it takes! FFS, woman, it's your child at risk!
A Cambridgeshire police spokesperson said: 'This incident was reported to us and investigated.
'The family involved have since been identified and we are working with both families to deal appropriately with this matter taking into consideration the sensitivities and needs of the victim and girl.'
This story reads like every dangerous dog story I’ve ever read and reported on this blog: lack of concern or help from the ‘owner’, police indifference until the social media campaign, the portrayal of the attacker (by social media commenters) as somehow having been 'provoked'....

No doubt we'll soon be reading about another attack. Maybe next time the child victim won't be so fortunate to just have bites and scratches.

We Want To Get What We Pay For...

So great was the anxiety and paranoia inspired by the phantom tyre slasher that by January everyone in the village near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, seemed to be considered a suspect. Then the villagers turned detective.
In February electrician Chris Moores, 33, hid three tiny CCTV cameras in his garden shrubbery – and two weeks later the footage appeared to show a balding man in an overcoat walking his dog, and pausing to stab at the tyres of a grey Alfa Romeo.
 An inspiring, genuine community action!
They thought the police and Crown Prosecution Service would have no trouble getting a conviction for such an apparently open and shut case.
Oh, reader. You know only too well what's coming next, don't you?
They were wrong.
The prosecution of alleged tyre slasher Mr Richards has now collapsed in ignominy with the presiding magistrate accusing the police of “inexcusable” failure and declaring: “The bench has to make it clear that we are appalled at the way this case has been handled by the CPS and the police."
 Not for nothing are the CPS dubbed 'Couldn't Prosecute Satan'.
...the villagers of Carlton Miniott were furious. Confronting police officers outside court, grandfather Kevin McCarthy, 60, told them: “It’s been a balls-up from you guys from start to finish.”
Mr Moores, the man who had spent £250 on the cameras hidden in the shrubbery, told The Sun the police had seemed uninterested in the case throughout their ‘investigation’.
“We had to spoon-feed them the evidence and tell them what to do with it,” he said.
“Witnesses were lining up to give evidence but we were told they weren’t needed and information wasn’t followed up.
“It was embarrassing. All they had to do was get him charged and put before a court. They couldn’t even do that properly. The police showed no interest whatsoever. They just made a complete mess of it.”
The question has to be asked - why are we funding them?

Friday, 17 August 2018

You Could Give Him Fifteen Years, He Still Won't Learn...

The court heard how Ham needed money last year to buy drugs, when he first broke into the home of a 90-year-old victim. On November 17, he entered the pensioner's bungalow during the night, while she slept. He then carried out an "untidy" search of her bedroom, before emptying the contents of her handbag, leaving the mess across the room.
Then, after a period of non-offending, Ham needed more cash for presents for his child's birthday, and raided two stores in Hythe and Thornhill, but ended up with "not much at all", despite causing £76,000 worth of damage to the Hythe One Stop with the raid and commercial loss.
This lack of swag is considered mitigation, unbelievably!
Mitigating, defence barrister Richard Onslow said: "He ended up taking part in these escapades, and got some of the takings, which was really, not much at all."
Presiding, judge Christopher Parker said that Ham's crimes were "foolish", despite hearing of Ham's troubled childhood. He told the court: "You have had a difficult start in life, but these crimes are foolish.
"There is a significant period of non offending between December and April, but then you find yourself in these positions of causing damage to these stores, resulting up to more than £70,000 worth of damage, plus commercial loss of course.
"You have to learn, and you will have time to think on that."
How much time?
Ham was given five years and ten months in prison.
Even if he were to serve all that - and we know he won't - I doubt it'd make a difference...

What Do These Incidents Have In Common?

A veteran shopkeeper in Bream, near Lydney, is mystified as to why he had a window shattered in apparent catapult attack by vandals.
Police believe a BB gun or catapult was used from Garrick House multi storey car park which shattered a pane of glass at Waitrose.
A cygnet was found dead in North Dorset after possibly being shot at with a catapult, say police. PC Rob Hammond, of Blandford Neighbourhood Policing Team, discovered the cygnet on the River Stour at Stour Meadows in Blandford on Saturday evening.
Well, none of them apparently warrant an armed response:

Nor increased police patrols.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

I'm Not Sure Him 'Not Liking Dogs' Is The Reason, Somehow...

Residents in Astra Close stopped receiving post a month ago after a dog attacked a postman twice whilst he was trying to deliver letters and parcels.
Seems fair! Maybe a bit of social pressure will do the job the police obviously can't..?

Oh, but I forgot. This is Essex....
Daniel Wills, 33 from Astra Close, lives with Staffordshire Bull Terrier Blue, and says he has been having to make the trip to Hornchurch at least once a week to check if he has any post.
He said: “It’s really annoying.
“Why can’t they just find another postman who will deliver our post.
“If he doesn’t like dogs then he is doing the wrong job.”
Yeah, he probably does like dogs, but not when they are hanging onto his leg!
Another resident said: “I’ve only moved in a month ago and haven’t been to collect my post yet because it’s such an inconvenience.
“I can’t be bothered to go all the way to Hornchurch.
“I might have been sent in moving in cards or presents but I wouldn’t know because I don’t have the time to go down there.”
Well, you can't be all that keen to get post, then, can you?

Man Does Job, News At Eleven…

Rick Lamb was travelling on the 433 last week when he says a ticket inspector got on, fined a young girl and "forced" her off the bus.
Errr yes. And?
"This was despite her producing a valid (albeit low quality) child's Oyster Card," Mr Lamb said.
"Despite two other passengers offering to pay for the girl who was visibly extremely upset, the inspector angrily dismissed their grievances and threatened to call the police on the two passengers who were simply trying to help, also claiming that he would call the police if the girl in question would not leave the bus."
 That's what he's supposed to do.
But TfL’s director of compliance, policing and on-street services, Steve Burton, said the inspector was well within his rights as her card was not valid.
 Wow! Isn't it refreshing to see a company backing their employee for once? I wonder why...?

But she wasn't the only person who the inspector had his sights set on that day. Mr Lamb himself was issued with a penalty fare for producing, what TfL deemed an invalid 'gold card'.
No wonder he was backing the fare evader!
"All drivers had approved the travel card for two and half months and suddenly I'm fined under the guise that 'oh, the drivers don't look hard enough, it is invalid' and 'I'm just following orders'," he said.
Yes, Nazi Germany was terrible, they wouldn't let you get away with fare evasion, eh, Rick?

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Don't Poachers Want The Meat?

Poachers may have killed more than 20 deer, while others could still be roaming around injured, on farmland near Bewdley.
A distraught conservationist has revealed baby deer as young as three or four weeks old and a pregnant doe are among the animals which were shot at the weekend.
Initially it was reported that 15 animals had died.
But now Ed Brown, chairman of the Wyre Forest Deer Management Society, who helped recover the carcasses of 15 deer which had been shot on farmland near Kinlet, Bewdley says a gang of poachers could have “potentially killed at least 20”.
Not one carcass has been butchered. If this is 'poaching', it's a bloody strange sort of poaching!
PC Su Goddard, from West Mercia Police, wildlife officer for North Worcestershire, said: "We have launched a thorough enquiry into this incident and would appeal for anyone with information to contact us.
"At this time, we believe there is no wider risk to the public."
Strange thing to say...?

Misusing The Word ‘Vulnerable’ Again

A young father who killed an elderly woman in a high speed hit-and-run with a stolen car moments after being chased by police has been jailed for 15 years.
No, has been sentenced to that. Almost certainly won't serve it all.

Oh, and he's the real victim!
Dobson’s father described him as a “troubled young man”, and his barrister Mark Kimsey said he suffered “flashbacks”.
And so's his passenger:
McFayden also apologised to Mrs Nevins’ family. He was described as a “vulnerable young man” with learning difficulties who left school with no qualifications.
We'd be better off if they'd both killed themselves. But they just killed an innocent, and will not be adequately punished for it.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

I'm Utterly Astounded At This Story..!

No, not the spiteful actions of a so-called charity who doesn't like the idea of one of their subjects failing to follow their own desire for publicity, that's par for the course.

It's that I didn't realise there were Big Issue sellers who weren't immigrants!
Beth Thomas, Regional Manager for Wales and South West at The Big Issue, said: 'Along with other local Big Issue vendors, Andrew McGarry was invited to take part in a sell off event in Exeter on August 3 with local MP Ben Bradshaw. Andrew declined to take part.
As anyone is entitled to do with an invitation. Have you lost your dictionary, Beth?
'The sell-off experience was a great opportunity to show Ben, on a small scale, what everyday life selling the magazine on the streets is like for Big Issue vendors.
And now he has an even better idea of what it's like. And it can be summed up as 'Dance, monkey! We own you!'.

Although being Labour, he's probably on board with that....
Ms Thomas added: 'Following the sell-off taking place, Andrew informed our Distribution Team that he intended to take a week off selling The Big Issue.
He says he was told to. Who's lying?
She said: 'Since then, due to various breaches of the Vendor Agreement by Andrew, we have taken the decision that we are no longer able to supply him with the magazine.
However, we will be happy to discuss and review this decision with Andrew in the future.'
What breaches? Why were you happy for him to pose with Bradshaw before, despite these breaches?

You got it, LC!

And what of the politician?
Mr Bradshaw said: 'I very much hope that Andrew can iron out whatever differences he has with Big Issue so that he can resume his familiar pitch in Exeter.'
Mealy mouthed, twisting of a situation to make it look like the victim is the one with the (big) issue. Do you share the same hapless PR flunky as Beth, Ben? 

Why Are We Fretting About Plastic Bags And Straws...?

The owner of a surfing business has attacked the city council because 30 volunteers cleared broken glass, needles and 100 bags of rubbish from the beach after Pride.
Ah, yes. The little shindig in Brighton that Tim Newman covered last week.
Adam Chinery, who runs Brighton Watersports on Kings Road, says the group started the clean-up operation between the two piers at 9am. He claims council cleaners didn’t arrive at this part of the beach until 2.30pm.
“By the time Cityclean got here, the beach was packed with families.
“They turned up at 2.30pm with four people and then two of them went off to lunch.
“Cityclean staff were just reacting to the situation and they weren’t prepared at all.”
“We think about half a tonne of rubbish was swept out to sea at high tide.”
And the millenials fret about drinking straws and plastic bags...
A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “I’ve been assured that Cityclean staff were indeed down between the piers clearing up on Sunday morning.
“It’s also true that volunteers and lifeguards were pitching in, and we’re extremely grateful for their efforts.
You've 'been assured', eh? By your contractors?
“We had around 200 staff out around the city clearing up and more than 100 metric tonnes of rubbish were collected.
“That’s the equivalent of 10,000 full binbags.”
Then why do you let such an event go ahead?
This year’s Pride was viewed by many as the best ever.
By whom? The sort of people that leave used needles on the beach?

Monday, 13 August 2018

If There's Any Justice In This World...

A petition was signed by almost 300 people to save the life of a dog which bit a policeman making an arrest in Shrewsbury. of these idiots will be the next one savaged.
Abigail Hall, prosecuting, said: "Police received a call of disruption in Shrewsbury town centre on Pride Hill.
"This caused a crowd of bystanders, including Evans and his dog, Avril, to gather around officers attempting to arrest a female.
"While the officer was trying to make the arrest the dog bit him to which he describes as being in excruciating pain as it tried to rip the flesh from his arm.
"CCTV captured the incident and saw the dog, off the lead, then run and bite another bystander, who did not report it."
Probably too drunk to do so.
Evans admitted he was the owner of the white, mixed breed dog, and said he was knocked to the ground by the officer which then led to the dog attacking.
He has previously been given a dog control order on Avril and been found to be in possession of another dog dangerously out of control.
So he's a habitual offender? Why, then, the leniency?
Chairman of the bench Dean Firmin said: "The dog is your companion and dare I say it, your best friend.
"From what we've read on the petition, we don't believe the dog has ever been trained as a weapon, nor that it has been taught to be aggressive.
"What we will say however, is that you should have walked away from the incident and not just become another bystander. It was not your argument to get involved with.
"You've had plenty of public support on this as I can see from the comments, some of which read: 'Avril has only ever behaved as she should', 'It would be an outrage to put the dog down' and 'The dog has never been anything but friendly' - I could go on.
"You will receive an 18-month conditional discharge, which is effectively for your dog as well. If anything else were to happen regarding Avril there's no doubt she would most likely be destroyed. Nothing else can happen.
I know it's a popular - and wrong - conceit that a dog is 'allowed one bite' but two?
"You will pay compensation to the officer, as nobody should have to go through that when attempting to do their job."
You need to have a word with your fellow magistrates. Some consistency would be nice.

A Declaration Of War

Plans to introduce offences of causing death by dangerous or careless cycling have been described by cycling campaigners as “tinkering around the edges” of road safety.
Well, yes. That's what governments do, mostly. And it's the turn of the cyclists.

And frankly, it's not before time, either:
The laws are being proposed by the government after 44-year-old mother-of-two Kim Briggs was knocked over and killed by a bicycle courier in February 2016.
But the two-wheeled maniacs are an obstreperous bunch, and seen to wield a bit of political clout.

Time to get in the popcorn!

Yeah, that'll do to start with...

Saturday, 11 August 2018

“The Truth? You Can’t Handle The Truth!”

Lady Gaga has apologised after she described the death of model Rick Genest, AKA Zombie Boy, as a suicide before the cause of death has been established.
So, she just plucked it out of thin air?
Montreal police initially told the media they were treating his death as a suicide, but his manager Karim Leduc told USA Today he believed it was an accident, saying: “He could have just lost balance.”
Ah. No, of course not.

So why is she apologising?

You Really Left Them No Choice But Social Media, Police Scotland....

Tayside Police Division have confirmed that a 34-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the dog’s disappearance.
A statement from the force warned locals not to “compromise the legal process” on social media.
They mean naming the man. Now, I know Scotland has its own - sometimes bizarre - laws, but once someone's charged, why is it not possible to name him?
It said: “As some of you may know already, a 34-year-old man was arrested yesterday and charged in connection with the disappearance of Pixie the pug dog in Dundee on July 16. He is to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
“As someone has now been charged, for legal reasons we can’t provide any further information until such time as he appears in court.
“While we are aware that the identity of this person has been distributed on social media, again we have to ask that anyone commenting here does not mention any names so as not to compromise the legal process.
“Thanks for all the help we’ve received and to the witnesses who have come forward to speak with us, it’s very much appreciated.”
If not for that 'help' (for that, read 'doing the polices' job for them) there wouldn't be any one charged....
The little dog was last seen safe on Monday afternoon at the Stobswell home of family friend Kelly Deuchar, 36.
She had been looking after the beloved pet and had left it in the care of a flatmate. The dog was later reportedly seen being roughly handled by a man in Baxter Park and carried limp through the streets of Dundee.
Pixie’s family have launched an online campaign to try to trace the 11-month-old dog but were told by Police Scotland it would be late on Thursday before an officer could speak to them — three days after she vanished.
But once the Internet got on the case, things moved pretty fast.
Police Scotland was asked last night to explain why no officer could be made available to speak to the family sooner. A spokesman said: “We can confirm that the matter has been reported to Police Scotland and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”
Didn't answer the question, I note...

Friday, 10 August 2018

Let Me Guess, He 'Can't Work', Yes?

Clay receives disability living allowance, because of damage to his spinal chord (sic).
He seems to be quite active for someone with such a disability....
Jeremy King, prosecuting, said: “Police were called and on arrival he was outside the block of flats.
“He became abusive towards other residents, and police were concerned for his well being as he had been treated for smoke inhalation.
“The officers followed him across the road, and when they spoke to him he was shouting and swearing.
“Then suddenly he told them ‘try some of this’ to PC Trotter, he lunged over and headbutted the officer.”
Naturally, the magistrates stopped short - but only just - of giving this waste of oxygen a handout from the poor box:
Magistrate Mark Linford sentenced him to a conditional discharge for the next year, but told Clay to pay £50 in compensation to PC Trotter.
Mr Linford said: "Normally we take the offence of assaulting a police officer very seriously. You have been here before and been sent to prison for it."
"But we don't want to give you that...."
"We have looked at your record, it is unimpressive, but for the past two years it has been clean. There were distressing circumstances in this case. You snapped for a moment, but were immediately remorseful.
"So we are going right outside our sentencing guidelines. If you manage to continue your excellent work and stay out of trouble, then this assault will be wiped in a year's time.
"We are putting a lot of faith in you, as we are impressed by how you have been over the past two years."
It's easy to 'put a lot of faith' in someone, when you aren't the person that will face any consequences should it be misplaced...

They've Still Not Found That Dictionary Then...?

A supermarket was evacuated after a suspected thief threatened to jump from a balcony after being apprehended.

Eyewitnesses reported vodka and steak being stockpiled in a pram before a group of people were stopped by security guards at the Asda store in Basildon's Eastgate Shopping Centre.
It is alleged suspects began climbing over shelves throwing items on the floor and threatening to hurl glass vases at customers on Tuesday evening.
They were hardly 'apprehended', then,. were they? 

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Lost From Essex Police HQ: Dictionary

Police have taken swift action against a host of recent traveller encampments in south Essex.
Oooh, 'swift action', eh? Great!
Police attended Queens Park Country Park where a ten caravan camp was removed.
However, a separate camp still remains on the site.
“We are monitoring the situation and our Gypsy and Traveller Rural Engagement Team has been liaising closely with one of the encampments.”
Why only one?
The other encampment in Queens Park was not removed at the same time as there was no evidence of the group committing a criminal offence.
A spokesman added: “The act of trespass is a civil matter and we work with landowners to try and resolve this matters (sic) as quickly as possible.”
Well, legislation to ensure this wasn't just a civil matter would help, wouldn't it?  But unaccountably, you don't seem to want that.

Maybe because then you'd have to find another excuse to not do your job...
“A teenager has since been dealt with through a community resolution, where they paid compensation and gave a verbal apology.”
*rolls eyes* Remember folks, what does leniency get you?
Another four caravans were found to have pitched up on the site yesterday afternoon. The council said it will continue to work with ECTU and police to remove the camp quickly.
That's right. More of the same.

Well, There's Your Problem Then....'s not your job to 'serve communities', but to uphold the law.
This evening the force said its Tweet was supposed to encourage impartial behaviour and encourage 'both sides of the discussion'.
There's no 'two sides' here, anymore than there's two sides to a burglary, or a case of shoplifting. As Longrider points out, there's clear evidence of criminal damage.
Debbie Davidson said: 'Just witnessed kids throwing beer bottles over the fence by the children's play area. Laughing as they smashed on the pavement and against cars parked along the road there.'
Malin Andersson said: 'I saw a child behind the wheel this morning, driving around the park.'
Another went on: 'At 9.30pm there were at least three vehicles driving at speed around the park with kids behind the wheel, also quad bikes zooming around. Combined with the bottle smashing I am feeling very unhappy.
'The police cannot do anything. Spoke with an officer tonight over water mains now being accessed by them. The park is becoming a bog land and area ruined by all the drifting of vehicles. All everyone can do is contact Elmbridge (council) with all that is witnessed.'
The police are useless. There's no will to tackle open criminality in traveller encampments, so this will continue until the powder keg explodes.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018


They threw a cookie at him, which he threw back. Two of the men then came over and punched him in the head and face, until a member of the public intervened.
He left the train at Three Bridges and was treated in hospital for swelling and bruising to his face.
Ain't enrichment great?

If Compensation Is Awarded...

The families of three young boys who were injured as they played near the railway in the Black Country are to sue rail bosses.
 ...and who'd be surprised if it was, then maybe the rail company should countersue for the repair bill?
One boy was injured when he came into contact with a 25,000 volt cable, another suffered minor burns, while the third was left traumatised after witnessing it.
The families claim a "big gaping hole" in the fence had not been repaired and allowed the boys to get in and play.
The families want compensation for the "psychological trauma" the boys suffered, as well as their physical injuries.
We, the British public, should demand compensation from the parents for the aggravation reading such ghastly chutzpah causes us.
“It is well known that children, commonly teenagers, will play upon railway property, or enter to 'train surf'," Mr Hannington said. "The fact that they are not permitted to be there does not absolve the railway operator or landowner of any responsibilities to the children trespassing."
Funny. I never did as a child. 

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

This Is Why Brexit Is So Popular

Mark Sheward, defending, said his client accepted the conviction but was not responsible for everything that took place. He said the married father and long distance lorry driver was the main breadwinner for his family.
He added: “His main concern is what is going to happen to them. The people who will be punished if he goes to custody will be his wife and child.
And that's his fault. No-one else's.

And he's got a bit of a cheek playing the 'dedicated family man' card in this case anyway!
Mr Amarasinghe said it was Scapau who fetched others to join the attack on Mr Vulturu at the junction of Washington Street and Southfield Street in the Arboretum. Miss Simonesc described how the men made‘rude comments’ towards her in Romanian. She tried to ignore them but they persisted so she told them her boyfriend, Mr Vulturu, was ‘coming soon’.They told her they ‘didn’t care’, stood in her way, invaded her personal space and used foul language.
When her partner arrived they set upon him in a ‘savage’, ‘sustained’ and ‘unprovoked’ attack.
Mr Amarasinghe said: “It involves punching him, putting him to the floor. They jump on him, kick him whilst he’s on the ground. The witnesses said he was stamped on several times.
“Miss Simonesc lost count of the number of times he was hit. Mr Vulturu could hear her screaming.”
When Miss Simonesc intervened she was grabbed by one of the attackers, not Scapau, and pulled away, sworn at and warned she too would be beaten up.
Yes, clearly his family is uppermost in his mind...
Judge Nicholas Cole said: “Those who kick people on the ground and stamp on their head must understand that very serious injuries can often arise.”
He told Scapau he had played a leading role in a group attack. However, he balanced this against the defendant’s lack of previous convictions and accepted the submission that the attack was ‘out of character’.
He sentenced him to 18 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, ordered him to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 compensation to Mr Vulturu.
We have enough worthless scum in this country, don't we? Why on earth are we forced to give free movement to those in Europe too?

I Can Smell Something All Over This One Too...

...and it's 'free publicity':
Betty Gallacher is chairman of Bourne Out LGBT, which is organising Eastbourne Pride tomorrow.
Last week she decided to place 20 posters around the town promoting the event.
But she says 12 hours later, a member of staff from East Sussex County Council demanded they be taken down.
Ms Gallacher refused and the council removed them.
She now says: “I can smell homophobia all over this one.
“Why? Because posters put in the same place promoting a fun fair had been there for three weeks.
“Why did the council allow those posters to stay up but demanded mine come down immediately.
“When the council worker called she was rude and aggressive. I am appalled.”
Hmmm, really? A gay event, in Brighton, and the council didn't bend over immediately?

*strokes chin* The game is afoot!
A spokesman for East Sussex County Council Highways defended the action. He said: “Where signs can be placed depends on a number of factors but we do not allow them to be attached to safety railings under any circumstances as this could affect visibility and safety of pedestrians crossing the road.
“We did contact the organisers of the event to give them the opportunity to move their signs from the safety railings, which is not something we would usually do, but were left with no option but to remove them ourselves.
“We would be more than happy to discuss directly with the organisers of Eastbourne Pride alternative locations where the signs can be posted.”
Thought so!

Monday, 6 August 2018

It's Time For Cressida To Go....

Court papers reveal that detectives investigating the case failed on 13 counts, including that officers failed to search for fingerprints, carry out tests on the probable murder weapon or seal the crime scene.
Did they do any police work at all? Has any action been taken against them?
No criminal charges have yet been brought in relation to the girl's death.
If not against the suspected perpetrators, then against the so-called police officers that took salaries for doing the square root of sod all.

Or the token identity politics hire that pops up every now and then to whine about how tough her job is....

But that's not even the most horrifying thing about this case.
The Sun reports they also failed to check whether 15 samples of male DNA found on the girl's underwear matched any on the national DNA database.

It's That Puzzle Wrapped In A Mystery Bound In An Enigma Again....

The number of legally held guns in Essex has increased by 20 per cent over the last decade.
Latest figures from the Home Office show there were 20,201 licensed firearms in the county, up from 15,780 in 2009. It means there are 1,121 firearms for every 100,000 people in Essex, the highest rate for the last decade. There were also a further 50,182 licensed shotguns in Essex, which are licensed separately. This is also a slight increase on a decade ago.
What could be driving it?
Gill Marshall-Andrews, chairman of the Gun Control Network, claimed society should be working towards fewer guns, and that the rise in legal firearms was difficult to explain.
Look in a mirror, then. The more people like you whinge and whine that people shouldn't have them, the more people want them.
She said: “It is becoming more difficult to get a gun licence, so I have no idea why it has gone up.
“Unless we are going to say that nobody should have a gun –and we have never said that – you should have a good reason to own a gun, and you should be a proper person.
“The guidance is stricter and the licensing regulations, if properly applied, should mean that fewer people have a gun.”
And yet, the opposite is true. It's a puzzle, eh, love?

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Let's Leave It To The State....

...because they are highly trained and skilled, dedicated professionals.
At the time of the child’s death it was difficult to draw a timeline of the child’s medical history partly because a number of different IT systems were involved and Elsie was known by four different combinations of the birth and adopted name.
“No one agency or worker held all the relevant information on this child,” the review said.
In December 2015 Elsie sustained a bruise to her forehead. Scully-Hicks claimed she had fallen as she pulled herself up on a toy kitchen. An adoption review took place at the time and Elsie was seen by her social worker, an adoption social worker and an independent reviewing officer. But the presence of the bruise was not recorded.
Five days later a health professional also saw the bruise but did not share this.
The report said: “The observations and recording of the large bruise to the child’s forehead both by children’s services and health was absent. This resulted in the large bruise becoming ‘invisible’ to professionals and did not form part of building an overall picture of what was happening to the child.”
Can't chalk that one up to 'It was the computers, boss!', can you?
Lance Carver, director of social services at the Vale of Glamorgan council, accepted the findings of the report and apologised for errors in Elsie’s case.
And the people who made those errors?
Carver said no disciplinary actions had been taken against any members of staff as the report did not “indicate that it would be appropriate”.
Do you really need a report to tell you that, then? Are you not capable of judgement, like your woeful staff?

I See This...

...and immediately think of this:

Chief Insp Neil Pudney, District Commander for Southend, said:“In terms of officer numbers, over the next two to three months Southend will be welcoming 17 new officers who will join our Local Policing Teams.
“And in 2019 the borough will benefit from another extra 12 new officers as a direct result of the precept increase.
“All of these officers will hit the ground running and will enable us to continue all of our good work to fight and prevent crime, lock up criminals and keep our community here safe.”
If they prove as ineffective, corrupt and lazy as most of the Essex Farce, what use will they be?
“Southend has seen a rise in violent crime which is in line with national trends.”
Are other places around the UK seeing the same rise? If not....
“Violent crimes where weapons are carried or used tend to involve individuals who are known to each other and occur as part of an internal dispute.”
Hmmm. That sounds a bit like gang warfare to me.
“Whilst we do have gang and drug-related crime on our streets, as we do across the whole of Essex, it is a stretch too far to say there is ‘gang warfare’. Every day our specialist Operation Raptor team are out on our streets, proactively hunting down those involved in this type of crime, arresting them and putting them before the courts.
“Between January and December 2017, the South Operation Raptor team – which cover Basildon, Castle Point, Southend and Rochford – locked up drug dealers for a total of 109 years.”
Is that how long they'll serve? Or how long they were sentenced to? Because we all know there's a difference.
“That year they also seized drugs with a street value of £220,000, arrested 232 people suspected of drug and gang crime, seized £130,590 in criminal cash and took 40 weapons off the street.”
Is that all?
“We will continue to work with our partners to tackle these issues but the use and carrying of weapons, and gang and drug-related crime can only be tackled if we work together as a community to educate and prevent people entering into this type of lifestyle and ensure that people are telling us about who and where these crimes are happening so we can arrest those involved.”
Just the usual boilerplate guff they now teach senior police officers to spout when challenged..

Friday, 3 August 2018

There's Really Only One Option With An Animal That's Tasted Blood....

A woman who got ‘ridiculously drunk’ and bit a police officer has been jailed after a court heard she behaved ‘like an animal’.
Bit of an exaggeration?
Icealyn McLennon, 24, was witnessed biting an off-duty female police officer then telling her ‘I can taste your blood, yum yum’ during the attack on May 17.
The police officer was trying to stop her attacking cars and houses in the street in Port Talbot where McLennon lives.

I Wonder If District Judge Diana Baker Will Regret This Leniency..?

A 14-year-old boy kicked and punched to death a family's beloved pet dog after losing his temper, a court was told.
The teenager launched the savage assault on the Staffordshire bull terrier in St Ives, Cornwall, in October of last year, reports Cornwall Live .
St Ives! Good grief! I didn't think neanderthal chavs went there.
The defendant, who can't be named, is said to have become irate after the dog, called Teddy, pinned down his own dog.
I know what you're thinking. "Well, he was just protecting his own dog!"

Not so.
District Judge Diana Baker warned the teenager would be going straight down those steps to custody if he was an adult.
So you've pretty much told him he won't be! Good going, love.
RSCPA prosecutor Kevin Withey described how the attack was witnessed by many people on a residential street, traumatising those who saw it.
And no-one intervened?
He pointed out that despite common perceptions regarding staffies, Teddy was a good natured dog and the boy’s dog the aggressor.
What a lovely family.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Reading Is For Pleasure...

...not for empty virtue-signalling:
Despite a raft of diversity initiatives, the percentage of young adult books written by black and minority ethnic (BME) authors has declined steadily since 2010, according to a new study warning that the UK’s “outdated” publishing culture must take rapid action to address a systemic problem in its ranks.
Why is it 'a problem'..? Who says so?
Ramdarshan Bold called on the books world to do more to address the representation issue. Her report says: “The publishing industry needs to engage in more sustainable action, rather than discussions, to help shift the entire publishing culture, which is clearly outdated for, and not reflective of, the communities it serves. Until this happens, these dire statistics will not change significantly.”
 *looks up name*

“The problem is systemic and we have a collective responsibility as publishers, booksellers, literary agents, librarians, educators and readers to redress the imbalance by publishing, selling, teaching, promoting, and reading quality books by and about minorities,” she said.#
I'll read what I like. If that's a book by or about minorities, so be it. If not...

Due Diligence. Look It Up.

“To be fair to the foot soldiers of the Crown Office, they are all struggling with such heavy workloads it’s doubtful any of them would have had the time to ‘Google’ this chap beforehand.”
It's not like they had to, though. All they had to do was read the court documents.
Mr Haworth last night said he declared his links to the SSPCA in every case he worked on and insisted there was no conflict of interest.
Heh! Good thing he wasn't on oath when he said that.
The hierarchy of the SSPCA has come under close scrutiny since a series of exposés by The Sunday Post about previous chief executive Stuart Earley. Mr Earley earned £216,000 in 2015 – a salary of £185,000 and a £31,000 bonus – as well as pension contributions of £31,000.
He left the charity shortly after it was revealed his basic pay had increased by 3.2% from £185,000 to £190,855.
The bigger the charity, the greedier the people running it. It's like a law of nature.
A spokesman for the Crown Office said it would be inappropriate to comment.
Translation: "Whatever we say, there's no getting out of this!"

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Consequences Coming Home To Roost Again!

Angry residents want Southend Council to fine hospital staff for dropping cigarette butts near their homes.
Trevor Murray, of Hillborough Road, said he has watched the litter build up over the years - and enough’s enough.
He said: “It’s not just outside my stretch of road, but across all the roads around the hospital. Recently I have just been trudging through the cigarettes but nothing is done about it. No one is fined.”
The image of Trevor battling gamely through a huge drift of discarded cigarette butts like a Canadian mountie determined to get his man in the frozen Yukon will stay with me a while...

But why are hospital staff dropping cigarette butts in roads anyway?
Southend Hospital has a no smoking policy on its grounds, which often leaves those workers who smoke the options of either stopping or resorting to nearby roads.
Mr Murray, 78, claims it has become a health hazard. He said: “I can actually smell it. I think the hospital has got a big problem. A lot of their staff smoke.”
You mean, they can't even persuade their own staff to give up? Despite the millions of pounds they spend?
Yvonne Blücher, managing director of Southend Hospital, said: “We have been made aware of issues with staff littering cigarette butts off of the hospital site.
“The trust maintains a no smoking policy on site. We have increased our no smoking signs in key areas and introduced a tannoy system to remind people that we are a no smoking site.”
Yes dear. That's the point. That's why they are dropping them everywhere else. I don't suppose you'd consider changing the policy?
“Whilst we can’t stop our staff smoking off site, they do have an obligation to dispose of their own rubbish responsibly. Although there are already lots of litter bins with ashtrays at the entrances to our hospital site, we are looking to manage the problem better. One thing we will be doing is cleaning in those off site areas.”
No, of course not. You'll just spend more taxpayer's cash on non-medical issues, after all,. it grows on trees, doesn't it?

And Just How Is Anyone Supposed To Recognise Him?

....when you've redacted his features?!?

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Tweet Of The Month

My two favourite commuting Tweeters discuss the existential:

Post Title Of The Month

Tim Newman on women who expect the law to rescue them from poor decisions:

Quote Of The Month

Bill Sticker with some essential style advice for those celebrating sporting fortune (or in the case of the English team, misfortune:
"There are a clear set of do’s and don’t when it comes to vomiting which separate the well brought up from the clueless oik with all the style and grace of a badly soiled toilet brush. These rules apply to both sexes whichever end of the sexual spectrum you embrace, or fail to. Whatever. If you’re drinking that much, which is sometimes called for after a tense penalty shoot out or well performed header portends doom or victory for your team, then some form of self control is called for. A good aim can also be a sure and certain aid for those who wish to fully join in the drunken festivities yet retain a sense of style."

Post Of The Month

Small Thunderdog with a truly horrifying story of just how useless the State can be in safeguarding the vulnerable.

Will We Ever Get To The Bottom Of This?

Police are probing the possibility that a woman who believed to be the victim of an ‘acid attack’ may have “accidentally injured herself.”
Err, how?
The emergency services were called to Northbrook Street, in Ladywood, after reports a rider on a moped or cycle had thrown a corrosive substance into the face of a 47-year-old woman, around 10.30am, on Tuesday.
So who reported it. The victim? Someone else?
A statement released on the Birmingham Police website read: “Police investigating a reported acid attack in which a corrosive substance was said to have been thrown at a woman in Ladywood are keeping an open mind.
“Officers were called at around 10am on Tuesday following reports that the 47-year-old had a substance thrown at her by someone on a passing vehicle in the Northbrook Street area.
“Police are carrying out a number of enquiries, including a CCTV trawl of the area.
“Detectives are also exploring the possibility that the woman has accidentally injured herself.
“The woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries to her face and remains in a serious condition.”
Note that the police aren't - yet! - 'exploring the possibility' she deliberately injured herself.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Mission Creep

UK charities supporting individuals with autism and mental health conditions have welcomed government plans to introduce blue badge parking permits for those with “hidden disabilities”.
Well, good. There are lots of conditions that do not result in any obvious visual cue that a person is disabled & cannot walk far.
In what marks the largest overhaul of the current system in 40 years, the Department for Transport has confirmed that, from 2019, those with unseen disabilities will now be granted permits enabling them to park closer to their destinations.
Good work!
Transport minister Jesse Norman said: “Blue badges are a lifeline for disabled people, giving them the freedom and confidence to get to work and visit friends independently.
“The changes we have announced today will ensure that this scheme is extended equally to people with hidden disabilities so that they can enjoy the freedoms that many of us take for granted.”
Bravo! Are you going to mention some of these hidden disabilities, so that people can see how much of a change this is going to be?
Having recognised that people with mental health problems often struggle with the same travel issues as the physically disabled, the government has now moved to accommodate individuals with less obvious disabilities.
Wait, hang on. 'Mental health'..? What the hell has that got to do w...

Oh, FFS!
Under the new criteria, those eligible for a parking permit include individuals who cannot make a journey without “a risk of serious harm to their health or safety”, or that of others, and those for whom journeys cause “very considerable psychological distress”, such as people with autism.
I give up, I really do! This is going to be even worse than the 'mums vs wheelchairs' war!

What Hope Do We Have, If This Is How The Police Think?

Det Ch Insp Jerome Kent said: "This was a tragic and upsetting case due to the young age of both the victim and the offenders, who are just children.
"If those boys had chosen not to carry knives that night, I truly believe Jacob would still be alive today."
'Just children', eh?
During the trial, the court heard that Jacob had been involved in a number of fights and got into an argument with the AP gang.
After posting an online challenge, he was stabbed eight times in an alleyway behind his home on 7 December.
Three of the teenagers, who were just 14 at the time, had to change out of their school uniforms before carrying out the "punishment mission".
The court heard they wanted to teach Jacob a lesson because he was a rival to their "county lines" drug operation.
Not children at all. Weapon-carrying drug dealers.
Gray and Stephens were sentenced to serve at least 14 years, Mohamed was sentenced to at least 13 years, and Fisher-Dixon and Mahomud handed 12-year terms.
They'll still be young adults when they come out.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Saturday, 28 July 2018

McDonalds Believe 'The Customer Is Always Right'...

The customer can also be heard saying 'that's why your a** is behind the f***ing counter' before throwing a French fry across the restaurant. She can also be heard repeatedly shouting 'fight me' across the restaurant.
And boy, does she get her wish!
As the staff member storms toward her, the customer picks up a metal tray and hits her in the head with it, but she barely notices.
Watch the video. It's not really surprising, it'd be like trying to stop a charging rhino with a .243!

Honeypot Attracts Pests, News At Eleven!

Residents claim not enough is being done to combat the problems in York Road, Southend, and their lives are being made a misery.
York Road. I know it. It's an utter tip.

And that's glimpses in daylight. I wouldn't venture down there after dark for all the tea in China.
Tammi Helman, who has lived in the area for eight years, says things are worse than ever and people feel intimidated outside their own homes.
The 47-year-old said: “There are tenants of the house of multiple occupancies and HARP who are making our lives hell. They hang on the grass of Toledo Road and sit on the walls of our homes.
“They are rude, disrespectful and have no consideration - drinking alcohol and smoking drugs, blasting music out to the early hours, shouting and starting fights then littering or urinating in front of everyone. Some neighbours won’t have windows open or sit outside. There used to be a lot of dog walkers and kids playing here but now everyone stays away.
“It is getting ridiculous and something needs to be done now. Residents are afraid to say anything to them.”
HARP again. Isn't it always?
Mark Flewitt, Southend councillor for public protection, praised HARP’s work and insisted security measures were in place and the council was working with police.
Time this councillor was given the bum's rush, for his support of the bums over the rights of ordinary citizens.
Jackie Bliss, HARP Chief Executive, said: “The idea that all street drinkers in the area are people who have been turned away from HARP is simply not true. We have an active security team at the Bradbury Centre, and in the rare instances where a decision is made to deny access due to intoxication, this is done with the safety of other service users, volunteers and staff in mind.”
Not, you'll note, the safety of the poor long-suffering residents of York Road. Still, at least they can comment on the story to refute the...


Friday, 27 July 2018

"You Shall Not Pass!"

Trapped train passengers were furious after a train pulled into the wrong platform with no exit but across the train tracks.
The late night c2c line from London Fenchurch Street to Shoebury arrived at platform one of Chalkwell station, where passengers were stuck due to refurbishment work taking place on the footbridge.
The exit on the platform was also locked, leaving passengers feeling they had no choice but to cross the railway line to the other side.
Well, that's an 'Ooops!' moment and no mistake. And even c2c know this isn't something they can brush off.
Following the incident, c2c confirmed it will be investigating to ensure it does not happen again.
The rail provider accepted full responsibility for the error.
Well, it's not like it could really avoid it, is it?

I'll Save You The Time, Love: It Won't Be...

Sexual harassment on the Tube could be tackled with [redacted], the Minister for Women has said.
Go on, guess.
She said: "Having a campaign on the Tube carriages about 'Please don't think this gives you the right to grab someone', that could be very effective because you are all standing up ... pressed together, looking at the advert, you can't avoid it.
"I'd be interested in a targeted campaign if the evidence was that that would be a good way to spend taxpayers' money."
How did we end up with 'Tories' like these?

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Angels, They Are, Absolute Angels!

The court heard Pemberton, 57, would frequently visit her son, who had a drink and drug problem, and drink with him in the flat.
That, errr, helps...
Other apartment block residents had complained to the building’s owner, William Grundy, about the defendant’s son. There were arguments between the three of them as a result.
The court heard the defendant had asked Mr Grundy to remove her son from the flat several times.
As a result the defendant’s son was evicted from the apartment.
She got her wish. Was she happy?

Reader, she was not!
Keith Sutton, prosecuting, said CCTV footage showed her inside the building, and shortly after she left the flat was on fire.
He said: “She admitted she deliberately set fire to the flat.
“The defendant set fire to the flat as a result of grievances she had in relation to Mr Grundy," said Mr Sutton.
“She said she would not leave the flat until she saw the flames.
“She said she would not go down for a ‘small apartment in Regent Street’ but for something bigger.”
Lovely! What, if anything, did this paragon do for a living?
Pemberton, who had worked as a state enrolled nurse for 33 years, had set fire to the flat with a candle, the court heard.
Mark Stuart, defending, said his client had been drinking to cope with working 14-hour shifts as a nurse and cope with her son’s issues.
Well, that's a rather unique excuse. At least, for once, the 'I'm a woman, get me out of jail free!' card was declined.
She was given a two-year prison sentence and ordered to pay a surcharge.
A restraining order was so made to not make contact with Mr Grundy and his family for five years.
I wonder if the NHS will take her back when she comes out?

"They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom, for trying to change the system from within..."

A spokesman for Essex County Council, said: “We would advise strongly against anyone putting up their own road signs.
“They should stick to the proper mechanisms to install legal signs where appropriate.”
Typical Essex, what sort of brain-dead moron would...

County councillor Kerry Smith led the campaign to try and cut down on lorry traffic along Lee Chapel Lane.
Residents claim it has become a nightmare with lorries using the route in Langdon Hills to attempt to drive to a 725 home development.
Mr Smith, councillor for Basildon Westley Heights, said: “I am putting a sign up at the junction of Victoria Avenue and Staneway, to deter HGV lorries from using Lee Chapel Lane to deliver materials to the homes being built in Dry Street.
“There has been a large amount of HGVs using the road for a long time.
“It is causing the residents an absolute nightmare.
“In order to stop it, I went on Amazon and ordered a sign myself because the road is completely unsuitable for these vehicles.”
Well, at least he's doing something. I suppose.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Is Nothing Sacred?

Clearly, the answer's 'No. Not even classic songs.'...
Ex-Radio 1 DJ Mike Read added: ‘Rock ’n’ roll was founded on young love and you can’t rewrite history.
But you can see why people have started looking at songs and asked, “Should we still be playing that?” ’
Sure. These days, snowflakes are everywhere. And will increase exponentially, if everyone keeps giving in to them.
Ulvaeus said last night that the teacher was made female so she could sing a response without needing a ‘horrible’ key change.
He said: ‘She had to be a woman. Simple as that. And why wouldn’t the vice-chancellor be a woman?’
Because the song was written in the early Seventies?

Might I Suggest 'April 1st'...?

PC Heidi Moxam, Road Casualty Reduction Officer for the south-west force, said: "Our aim is to create a road respect culture in Dorset by highlighting the benefits of being more considerate to each other on the road."
Hmmm, not sure this is really the role of the police, but OK, how exactly will your cash-strapped (because of the terrible Toree cutz, natch!) force do this?
Good drivers who stick to speed limits will be sent congratulatory letters through the post, police have announced.
Any letters sent out will look to praise driving, speed and general behaviour by motorists as part of a “road respect” culture.


Wait, what?
Dorset Police said that the full scheme will be launched shortly but did not provide a date.
Well, I know what comes to mind.

H/T: Rolo Tamasi vis Twitter

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

What Sort Of Things Are 'Far Right'?

Well, let's see.

We've got 'demanding all immigrants leave the UK'.

And, I suppose, 'believing the Jews are behind everything'.

Oh and then there's 'protesting against an ideology that suggests you should be murdered for your sexuality'.

Wait. What?


I can't even...

Chief Superintendent Travis, You Are A Disgrace To The Uniform...

'As a local policing commander in support of our local community I want to make sure the message is really clear that this is a very, very rare occurrence and what we will do is work to make people understand that this is not the way to resolve issues and disputes in communities.'
You've no need to do that. This is England. This is not how people from England resolve issues.

And the fact that you can spew this politically correct garbage with a straight face tells us all we need to know about the future for places like Worcester. And the once-respected role of the police force.

Monday, 23 July 2018

"Oh No, What Terrible News..."

"...another shop closure in the high street."
The imminent closure of Blue Moon Trading will mean another empty property - at least for the time being - in a city centre street already hit by a number of retail closures.
Half a dozen premises were already standing empty in the middle section of Goodramgate yesterday, prior to Blue Moon preparing to shut its doors.
Local councillors and politicians must be tearing their hair out and...

...York Central MP Rachael Maskell said yesterday it was ‘with little sorrow’ that she noted the closing of the shop, which she claimed had 'sold dangerous as well as fascist items’.
She said: “A few weeks on from Armed Forces Day, I am pleased that there will no longer be Nazi T-shirts on sale on the streets of York. Fascism has no place in our city or society.”
Wait, seriously?

Well, no. You'd have to be dumb as a sack of hammers to think so. Luckily, you don't get to be a politician these days unless...well, unless that's exactly what you are:
Former City of York Council leader James Alexander is another senior politician who has previously slated the shop.
The Labour councillor voiced his outrage on Twitter in 2012 over clothing it was selling, made to resemble T-shirts sold by rock bands when on world tours, which carried the slogan: “Adolf Hitler’s tour of Europe.’ Underneath it said destinations England and Russia had been “cancelled”, in reference to Hitler’s failed attempts to conquer both countries during the Second World War.
At the time Cllr Alexander branded the store “sick” and a “disgraceful shop’, saying it gave a terrible impression.
Mr Sykes said at the time that if the councillor had had the common sense to read the T-shirt, he would have seen it was not promoting Hitler but ‘making fun of him’.
If he'd had common sense, it'd unlikely he'd have been a councillor, though....

Maybe East Midlands Police Should Train Their Dogs Like They Train Their Horses?

Police have admitted liability for a vicious dog attack that left a Leicester City fan covered in blood outside the King Power Stadium.
Not just any dog. A police dog. One apparently 'spooked by loud noises'.

Well, you wouldn't expect those at a football match, would you?
The fan suffered a 5ins scar to his arm when the animal latched onto it without warning.
It took at least 90 seconds to get the dog off, and the handler was also bitten.
And this isn't the first time.
Notts Police said both the dog and handler have undergone additional training.
People worry about the police having Tasers, but at least they don't leap out of the holster to zap someone of their own free will!
The dad-of-two from south Leicestershire, who asked not to be named, said: “You can’t blame the dog for what happened.
“I would not go through the trauma again for any amount of money – any compensation won’t reflect the impact the incident has had on me.
“The most crucial thing is for no other fans to be bitten by a police dog, not under any circumstances.
“Having said all that, I am pleased policies for deploying police dogs outside the stadium are being changed.”
Actually, there are some instances in which we'd want football fans to be savaged by police Alsatians surely?

Sunday, 22 July 2018

When Your 'Country Diary' Is Written By Townies...

Pennant Melangell lies two miles up the narrow road, hazel-hedged, thronged with coveys of now rare grey partridge (Perdix perdix) that hurry nervously in front of you and dart through fences into fields on either side.

If you're thinking 'Those are mighty strange looking partridges...' you'd be right.
This article was amended on 18 July 2018 to remove an incorrect reference to partridges in a caption.
H/T: GethinJones via Twitter

"And Out Of Instagram Came Forth Morons..."

Its green and gold packaging has remained almost unchanged since Lyle's Golden Syrup first launched in 1881.
But some foodies have only just noticed that the lion logo on Britain's oldest brand is much more macabre than it first appears.

Sunday Funnies...

But they aren't all bad things. Are they?

Saturday, 21 July 2018

When Your Train Fares Go Up, You'll Have Hayley Peebles To Thank For It..

The coroner stated he will be writing to Network Rail suggesting action be taken to prevent others from dying as Taiyah (Ed: chavname ahoy!) did.
Mrs Peebles said she wants to see railway stations made safer following her daughter's tragic death.
Speaking in tribute to her daughter, Mrs Peebles said: 'She was a law unto herself. She was very bubbly. She loved to be out with her friends. She loved spending time with her sisters and nieces.
'She lived every day of her life like it was the last.'
And when you get pissed - at sixteen! - and fool around on the railway line, it just might be!
While barriers have since been put up at Herne Bay station, Mrs Peebles said this is not enough and she wants stations across the country to be made safer.
She continued: 'I am just flabbergasted at the amount of deaths which have happened on the railway and nothing is done.
'It seems it does not matter how many lives they take; nothing is done.
'They are just another statistic. I am not going to let Taiyah become just another statistic.'
Newsflash, love. She already is.

Just another drunken teenager in the mortuary due to poor parenting, lousy choices and so-called friends who didn't give a monkey's for her safety, probably because they were all drunk too.
'Thousands of people have lost their lives because we still run a live rail; we are one of the only countries that runs a live rail now and other countries have overhead lines.'
And you know what? Frankly, one of the underclass frazzled to a crisp on the live rail is something I'm willing to pay to maintain it that way.

And if you asked most commuters if they were prepared to pay yet more of their hard-earned cash for season tickets so that the railways could all be converted to overhead power, they'd say 'Are you bloody mad, you pierced-lipped old bint? Maybe you should raise your kids to have common sense & not stay out all night on the razzle?'