Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Refugees Drunken Hooligans Welcome..?

Mohammad Haj Hussein and Ibrahim Hij Hussein were enjoying a night out at Vodka Revolution in West Street, Brighton, in July last year.
But the Syrian brothers got into an “altercation” inside the venue with Ghamari Ghalati, and instead of going home, they lingered outside before launching a “vicious” attack. The two refugees appeared in court where they admitted feeling “ashamed” about their drinking, as it goes against their Islamic faith.
They fled the fighting to come here and.... errr....
Mohammad, 25, fled from Syria in 2012 and endured a 27-hour boat crossing from Libya to the Italian island of Lampedusa. He also lived in a camp in Dunkirk before being reunited with his brother Ibrahim four years ago.
Meanwhile Ibrahim, 37, has lived in the UK since 2009 and is currently studying a PhD, and has the prospect of becoming a medical sales manager in the Middle East.
Appearing at Lewes Crown Court, they were given suspended prison sentences and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service each.
And immediately deported? No?

Why not? Don't we have enough home grown scum?

Going Through The Motions....

A passerby helped the couple and took them to the Last Post pub where they waited for police to arrive.
They were taken to hospital where they were treated for cuts and bruises.
Brenan had to have a CT scan and an x-ray due to the severity of his head and hand injuries but both were luckily only left with severe bruising.”
Phoebe and 20-year-old Brenan claim police are no longer investigating due to a lack of evidence so the couple are urgently appealing for the witnesses to come forward.
“The issue is that police have closed the investigation due to lack of evidence,” she claimed.
But there were so many people who saw it and helped. I need them to contact police and give them statements.”
Essex Police have said several lines of enquiry were investigated but if anyone has further information, they should get in touch.
I wonder why Deputy Chief Constable Bernie O’Reilly hasn't popped up to 'reassure' people, like he usually does?

Monday, 16 July 2018

"Run Silent, Sarge, Run Silent!"

While the Croydon MPS Twitter account referred to the park as being Melfort Park, more than one person responded on social media to point out it is actually called Thornton Heath Recreation Ground.
This included former Croydon councillor Timothy Godfrey, who tweeted: "Do you mean Thornton Heath Recreation Ground? Does this include closure of the public footpath?"
He also asked if the closure order will be invalid if police have incorrectly named the area.
Mr Godfrey has not received a response on Twitter.
Twitter. It's Kryptonite to our boys in blue, isn't it?

That Moment When A Conspiracy Theory Seems Less Plausible...

...than the reality of navigating the streets of gloriously enriched London.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

So That's Why You Need A Pit Bull Terrier!

At Grimsby Magistrates' Court Lawson pleaded guilty to two counts of being the owner of a dangerously out of control dog on November 29 last year at an address in Ladysmith Road.
Both a police officer, and another man suffered an injury while the dog was out of control, the court heard. Lawson also admitted possessing a dog to which section one of the Dangerous Dogs Act applies - namely a Pit Bull Terrier.
If the police followed a policy of shooting these beasts at the scene, they wouldn't have had the standoff that occurred later.
Following the incident in Ladysmith Road, the dogs were later moved to an address in Chapman Road, Cleethorpes.
After more than a day of tense confrontation between the animals' owners and police, officers and RSPCA entered the flat and two dogs were seized.
Well, it's curtains for them now so...

Lawson has had Mitzie returned to her and her grandmother Cath Wilson said her grand daughter was "delighted" with the prospect of eventually having both dogs home. "She adores her dogs. She would sooner speak with them than anyone else," said the grandmother.
Typically, she went crying to the press for 'support'. And idiots supported her.

But why were the police at the property in the first place?
She also admitted producing cannabis at an address for which she received a 12-month conditional discharge.
Ah. 'Support your local drug dealer', is it?

Molon Labe....

A 10ft statue of a bear has been ordered to be removed from a roadside - after a scared woman driver blamed it for causing a crash.
Yes, dear reader, we've been here before.
But locals are fighting the removal - with councillor Peter James saying: 'He has been an iconic gateway of the town for 15 or more years.
'I don't understand why he has to be moved now it's been in situ for years.
'We have pleaded with the Welsh Government to listen to us on road safety, but the Welsh Government seem to get things the wrong way round.
'They've not discussed removing him with the town council or local people. They must know Llanwrtyd is an iconic place but they seem to want to step in our way.'
Of course they do. What, you thought they worked for you, or something?
Another Llanwrtyd resident, who asked not to be named, said the woman crashed because she feared the bear would attack her.
'Apparently she had been on holiday in Canada, or was from Canada so was used to seeing bears in Canada. She can't have been from around here or she would have seen him before as he's been there years.
'The bear has been there a few years and I'm not aware of anybody ever having objected to it before.He has become a bit of a landmark but if that's what the powers that be have decided we don't really have much say in it, but it seems a bit of a palaver because one woman got frightened by it.'
I can see why you asked to be kept anonymous, with that defeatist attitude.
A spokesman for the Welsh Government said its view is the items on the verge are distracting so must be removed.
The spokesman said if the bear wasn't removed by locals they would seize it themselves.
Over to you, people of Llanwrtyd. I think you know what to do. Or do Welshmen yield now?

Friday, 13 July 2018

It Never Stops...

...does it?

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes And Morons....

A danger dog was today sentenced to death after his owner was found guilty after the huge American Akita burst into a garden and savaged a 13-year-old girl while she played on her trampoline.
He had an excuse. Don't they always? And isn't it always pathetic?
...he denied a charge under the Dangerous Dogs Act in relation to the incident – claiming he had a “reasonable belief” his 80-year-old gran was a “fit and proper” person to care for the dog, described as “muscular and powerful”.
He's clearly not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Ralph himself denied that he knew his dog had a “propensity” for aggression.
During his evidence Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist QC asked Ralph: “Where did the dog’s name, Chaos, come from?”
Ralph claimed one of his two children had come up with it, adding: “He was always up to mischief and stuff.”
The sheriff asked: “But you didn’t call him Mischief, you called him Chaos?”
Ralph began to reply “Mischief doesn’t sound very…” before failing to finish his sentence.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

The Latest Moral Panic...

At so-called uck parties, also known as line ups, girls as young as 13 are plied with alcohol and drugs and then expected to perform sex acts on multiple men, or possibly face violence.
Some victims think they are attending an ordinary party and have no idea what awaits them. The parties are “happening in London and are one of many ways young people are exploited”, one charity said. Serrina Lobban, who leads Barnardo’s Stop It Before It Starts in Barking and Dagenham, said footage from the events is then often used to “blackmail or shame” girls online.
Hmmm, let me guess, this means you need 'more resources' to stop this?

So, is it a danger to any young girl?
Ms Lobban said some of the teenagers her team work with may have attended these parties, and almost all have seen explicit videos of young people shared on “bait out pages” online. “We have seen children going on ‘bait out’ pages, where the people running them will say they are ‘exposing hos’ in a certain borough,” she said.”
Ooh, I'm getting a sense of the sort of demographic we might be talking about (without actually talking about it, of course!) here...
While uck parties or line-ups are not explicitly linked to London gangs, it is believed that many of young people attending will be a member of or know someone in a gang.

He Can't Be That Much Of A Risk...

Christopher Moxon, originally from Lewes, was reported missing from St Leonards today.
The 40-year-old killed his girlfriend Natalie Scott, who was 21 at the time, in Bognor in 2002. Moxon stabbed her to death and admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He was detained indefinitely under section 37 of the Mental Health Act.
Police say Moxon is “considered to be at high risk” because of his health conditions.
...or he wouldn't have been out in the first place?

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Special Pleading Is Weak Sauce...

A report has warned that forcing taxi drivers to take additional licensing tests could force ethnic minorities and women out of the trade.
*tries to feign interest* OK, how?
This is because of the extra cost of taking the test and the loss of income while training for it.
Isn't that the same for the chaps?
Because of the higher proportion of women working part-time the test may act as a greater barrier to women entering and remaining in the profession.
Ah. Well, tough.
The report also says that drivers that holding an EU driving licence will find it harder to pass the additional driving test because the requirements involved differ from EU requirements.
Translation: They are more stringent. As you'd expect.
But Helen Chapman, TfL’s interim director of licensing, regulation and charging, said the proposals would be “pivotal” in protecting the public.
Ms Chapman added: “The experiences of passengers and their safety is at the heart of everything we do.”
Good! For once. you're earning your salary. Crack on, and ignore the squealing.

Texts Aren't Handwritten, Unfortunately For You...

....for once, we can all read quite clearly what a doctor has written:
Addis, from Skipton, North Yorks who was unrepresented and visibly shaking during the hearing admitted sending the two texts but denied sending them with the intention of Mr B paying her money.
'Regarding those text messages, there was no intention of blackmail at all. I had genuine concerns about the accusations made. This was not for personal gain.
'I accept they were malicious allegations but I truly believed I was helping Miss A'.
Hmmm, OK, let's see the texts then:
The first message sent by Addis read: 'I feel duty bound to report to social services an allegation Miss A made to me back in April last year about you and historical abuse - now if she doesn't lie then it must be true and I feel duty bound to inform social services.'
In a further message sent the same day she added: 'Put the money you owe in my account TODAY.. and admit that Miss A is a liar that caused all this trouble or I shall go to my solicitor and social services in the morning. This is in no way blackmail as if you don't admit Miss A is a liar then I have genuine concerns, I am giving you the chance to settle this and clear your name.'
Well, that's cleared that up!

I suppose the only remaining mystery is why this is a case for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, and not the criminal justice system..?

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

"Some Free Publicity? Gosh, Thanks Awfully!"

Joe Duncombe, who lives in Rochford, was in the final stages of shooting for his film We Wait in the Woods - a feature-length horror movie about friends mourning the loss of someone who had taken their own life.
As part of filming, the crew had used a prop pair of legs made of duct tape which were hanging from a tree in his parents’ back garden - something which angered many members of the community after they were left up over the weekend.
Well, yes.
“I wanted to create awareness and a bit of debate with the project but I was surprised this happened before we had even finished filming.
“The fact people are speaking about mental health and suicide awareness is a good thing.”
There really is no such thing as bad PR, then?
The crew have now finished filming and Joe has entered the post-production phase with the aim of getting it ready for this year’s Horror on Sea film festival.
Ah. Now it's all clear...

I Must Need A New Calendar...

Dwayne Forrester, 21, from Basildon, was found injured in Little Garth, near Pitsea Road, at around 8.45pm on Saturday, July 7. He was taken to hospital but, sadly, died a short time later.
Detective Inspector Stuart Truss, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We have a number of lines of enquiry and believe this was a targeted and isolated incident with no risk to the wider public. ”
 What? A man has 'sadly' lost his life and you think no-one should worry?
A total of 116 wraps of heroin and 131 of crack cocaine were found by officers from Operation Raptor when they searched Dwayne Forrester’s address at The Gore in Basildon on November 7.
The 19-year-old had been spotted dealing drugs earlier in the day and was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs.
Ah. That was in 2016.
He pleaded guilty to all of the offences and was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on December 9.
Forrester was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment at a Young Offenders’ Institution for possession with intent to supply heroin, three years’ imprisonment for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine to run concurrently and 12 months’ imprisonment for possession of criminal property also to run concurrently.
*counts on fingers*


Monday, 9 July 2018


...and that's before I read the article! Ewww!

So What Were You Doing For Five Hours...?

A spokesperson from Southend Council said: “Illegal oyster picking often involves exploitation of undocumented workers, with many being subjected to bonded labour – living in substandard accommodation and being paid very little for a highly dangerous job.
“What’s more, illegal harvesting undermines and undercuts the borough’s legitimate shellfish harvesters and any subsequent food poisoning outbreak could severely damage our international reputation for quality.
“We have a duty to protect public health, protect our shellfish industry and protect the reputation of Southend and Essex as a whole.
“We work closely with the police, Food Standards Agency and Home Office to tackle illegal shellfish harvesting. Indeed, so far this year we have already seized two consignments of illegally harvested oysters and given public health advice to groups who appeared to be collecting for non-commercial activity.
“We strongly urge anyone who sees suspicious harvesting activity to report it immediately on 01702 215005 or, if the incident has stopped, raise it on southend.gov.uk/mysouthend so the Council Environmental Health Section still receives the information.”
Stirring stuff! So, it's good to see that the council takes this seriously, and is poised to swoop into act...

A large group of up to 17 people harvesting shellfish, including mussels and cockles, were spotted from Eastern Esplanade at around 8am Sunday.
The group were reportedly split into two teams who swept an area over five hours, approximately 200 metres from the beach opposite the Castle pub.
Five hours...?!
Peter Sanders, 73, who witnessed the operation from his home in Eastern Esplanade, said: “They were collecting black sacks full – surely many more than you could possibly need for personal consumption. We have reported similar incidents to the police before, and they have attended, but this time we didn’t get the same response.”
I guess they didn't read their own council's boasts.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Surely There's Another 401 Idiots In Brighton?

Women from Brighton’s Labour Party’s forum have started the campaign to help pupils from low income families who are unable to afford sanitary products.
According to charity Plan International UK, one in ten girls is unable to afford sanitary wear.
Thanks to Tim Worstall, we already know this is nonsense.
Mother-of-two Sam Whittaker, from Brighton, leads the campaign.
She said:“As a society we need to break the taboo that surrounds periods and recognise that sanitary wear is a necessity not a luxury.”
So why don't you lobby for them to be VAT-free? Like the government?
The petition, asking the council to implement a policy to distribute free sanitary products in schools, is published on the council’s website.
It requires 1,250 signatures in order for it to be debated by the council on July 19.

Oh dear. Even in Brighton, you can't get enough support....

Identity Politics Chicken Coming Home To Roost - At The Curtis Green Building

Ms Sandhu, who joined the police in 1989, rose through the ranks to become borough commander in Richmond-upon-Thames.
She is one of the most senior ethnic minority officers in the Met and in 2006 received an Asian Women of Achievement award, largely for her work in reassuring the community in the aftermath of the 7 July terrorist attacks on London's transport system.
Last month she tweeted that she "will be promoted to Ch Supt" in the Metropolitan Police, adding: "I will be the first woman of colour to hold this rank."
And I'm sure she'll do as well as all those other identity politics hires.

Temporary Chief Superintendent Parm Sandhu has been served with a "gross misconduct" investigation notice, meaning she could potentially face a serious disciplinary charge.
Hmmm, what's the issue?
BBC News understands the inquiry is focusing on whether Ms Sandhu encouraged colleagues to support her nomination for a Queen's Police Medal (QPM).
Oh dear!
National Police Chief Council guidelines say that "any person can nominate any other person for an honour".
However, as with other honours, people are not expected to nominate themselves and are not meant to contribute to or know about the process.
The internal Met investigation is examining an allegation that Ms Sandhu may have contacted other officers with a summary of information to support her QPM nomination.
Import the Third World, get Third World practices...

H/T: @riobard via Twitter

Friday, 6 July 2018

Those Slow, Slow Wheels Of Justice....

October 2016:

June 2018:

Pity they weren't going as fast as the driver.

A 'Metro' Comment That Intrigues...

The free 'Metro' newspaper has a 'Good Deed Feed', where people can send in thanks to strangers.

And sometimes, it throws up a little gem:

Reader, don't you want to know why a stranger did something like this? I know I do.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Wait, Doesn't Anyone Check These Things?

Mr James-Moore said Shaw had been jailed for four years for a section 18 GBH in 2002 and has 'a plethora of other violent offences' on her criminal record.
Kat Shields, mitigating, said her client had gained a degree at Staffordshire University and was also a voluntary support worker for South Derbyshire Mental Health Association.
Wait, what?

That's not so much 'poacher turned gamekeeper' as 'poacher remaining poacher annd getting even better at it'...!
Judge Bennett jailed Shaw for three years and handed her a three-year extended licence - the equivalent of a six-year prison sentence.
Jailing Shaw, now of Swadlincote, Derbyshire, Judge Jonathan Bennett told her: 'You have worrying previous convictions including a section 18 (GBH offence) for which you were jailed for four years.
'At the time of this offence, you were also on a suspended sentence for threatening to kill a housing manager.
'I have a lot of sympathy for your position and I have heard and read you have had a very difficult life.
'But in the shared accommodation where you lived, you started a fire at the bottom of a stairwell and the other residents will have been petrified by what they saw.
'Setting a fire in a multi-occupancy address while waving a knife around gives me very grave concerns.'
You know what gives me 'grave concerns', judge? It's the fact that someone thought it would be a good idea to put her in this role!

Mid Year Entrant For Virtue Signalling Council Of The Year

Thirty more Syria refugees could be coming to Southend in the next two years at a cost of more than £25,000 a year.
Great! They'll fit in really well with all the beggars and addicts in the high street!
Currently, nine refugees, who arrived in 2016, are housed in the district. However, Southend Council said it is struggling to put the support in place for the refugees as they do not have the funding available.
A solution to be discussed at the next cabinet meeting on Tuesday is to take in an extra 30 refugees, as this would open up more funding availability which can be pooled to support all refugees.
You can't handle 9, so you get more? Is Southend Council like some sort of animal hoarder? Should psychiatrists get involved?
The cost for 30 families would by £255,600 for the first year, and £360,000 in total for the next five years, which would be funded by government.
No. It wouldn't. It'd be funded by the poor bloody taxpayer, as usual.
Council documents also include a projection for taking in 50 more refugees, with projected costs of a total of £426,000 for the first three years.
So it isn't even going to stop at 30? Way to bury the lede, 'Echo'!
Councillor Lesley Salter, cabinet member for healthy communities and wellbeing, said: “None of us could be anything but deeply moved by the awful scenes of Syrian refugees fleeing war from 2014 onwards. It was clear when the programme was announced, and it is still clear now that we need to offer our small but not insignificant support to this humanitarian crisis. It is the right and humane thing to do and I think local people expect us to continue to show leadership and respond accordingly to this.”
Well, let's see what local people have to say about it, shall we?


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

"The dogs were not under control, and the owner disappeared as rapidly as she could..."

How utterly typical:
“We took Suzy straight to the vets. The skin was torn off her chest and she required stitches. The injuries were very nasty, and the vet was so incensed he reported what happened.”
Peter contacted the council and reported the details to the dog warden. He also contacted the police but was told it was not a police matter as the attack did not involve a person.
“It would be nice if some action could be taken, but I don’t know what the council can do now,” he said.
They could - and should - point out to the police that this is indeed covered under sections 2 and 3 of the revised DDA, so maybe they'd like to put the doughnuts down and do the job they're paid for? 
Peter added his vet bills had added up to nearly £1,000, and he and Pat had been forced to cancel a holiday following the attack.
And the chances to getting compensation from the chavette is vanishingly small. Even if she's located.
Peter Haikin, Borough of Poole’s regulatory services manager, said: “We’re very sorry to hear about this incident and can confirm that we have received some outline details of the incident. We understand the attack took place on the afternoon of Thursday, 7th June in Poole Park.
“One dog was attacked by four Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Our Environmental Health service will be investigating further and we are keen to hear from anyone with personal knowledge of the incident who can help identify the parties involved in confidence.
“We can be emailed at environment@poole.gov.uk or telephone on 01202 271700 and request to speak to an Animal Welfare Officer.”
Why are the people of Poole paying you and the police to do the same job?

It's Not Just The Police That Look Younger....

...it's the sex pests!
Multiple women over the course of the past few months have posted on social media about how a boy has approached them near to the Mothercare store.
The stories were all very similar. The boy, usually wearing school uniform, would approach them and ask if they were pregnant. He would then ask them a series of questions about pregnancy symptoms, such as swollen feet, before asking to touch their belly.
Other women also said the boy in question had approached them and been “touching pregnant women’s bottoms”.
Eltham North Police tweeted: “Today we located and identified the schoolboy who was approaching pregnant females in Eltham High Street.
“He has been taken home, parents spoken to regarding the concerns his actions have caused and report passed to social services. Please continue to report any future incidents.
You clearly think there are going to be some, them?

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

A 'Difficult Period' For Whom...?

Gemma Graty stole meat from the same Sainsbury’s Local on two separate occasions and a prescription from Victoria Pharmacy, all in Malvern, over a three-week spell.
The mum, 35, who is currently in prison for another offence, was described by her solicitor as “out of control” due to her crack cocaine and heroin addiction at the time of the thefts.
Why is this considered mitigation, and not an aggravating feature?
Defence solicitor Mark Turnbull told magistrates on Thursday, that Graty, on video link, was “committing a lot of offences” during a difficult period.
Difficult for the local shops? Or for her daughter?
Graty, who lived with her 18-month-old daughter and partner in Kipling Close, Malvern, before being sent to prison in May, is due out later this month.
Why is a prolific shoplifter and addict allowed to keep a child?
Chair of the bench Barbra Broadhurst agreed for sentencing to be adjourned for a couple of weeks, while other offences are brought before the court to avoid "drip feeding sentences".
And why does the justice system dance round the issue, rather than come down even harder?

The Fetishisation Of Mental Health

It's a very good question. Isn't it?

Well, this seemingly unrelated story might be a clue:
Jurors heard the suspect has autism and ADHD and has been given a stress toy on the dock to help him during the trial.
Who's the victim, to the State?

Monday, 2 July 2018

Will David De Freitas Now Shut The Hell Up..?

It's been a long, long time coming, but finally:
After careful consideration, the Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP has decided not to order an independent inquiry into the prosecution of Eleanor De Freitas.
The request for a new inquiry or review was made by Ms De Freitas’ father David De Freitas. Ms De Freitas was charged with perverting the course of justice by the Crown Prosecution Service in 2014.
The Attorney concluded that there has already been a sufficient review of the case within the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), including by Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecution. The internal review process carefully considered the points that Mr De Freitas and others have raised, and reasonable conclusions have already been reached.
Sometimes, there are consequences. Not often enough for my liking, though.

H/T: @BarristerBlog via Twitter

What Hope Do We Have...?

...when this is the level of knowledge of the justice system shown by someone picked to take part in it?

It's Astonishing What Disturbs Snowflakes, Isn't It?

Apparently, Twitter doesn't like it when you call a moron a moron.


Blogger cleardly doesn't mind. See you all back on Twitter in 7 days!

Update: Clearly, in Twitter's eyes, dogs count for more than refugees!