Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Nice Try, Love But No Cigar...

A distraught mother was forced to leave her home when her 13-year-old son was exploited by drug dealers - and came home with a Kinder egg full of crack cocaine and heroin.
The mum, who will remain anonymous, was moved out of Quantock flats, Southend, by police for safety reasons. But, she says Southend Council are now evicting her from her new flat and will only house her back at the tower block.
How heartless! How cruel! How...

...absolute bollocks:
The pair were moved out of the tower block by police and were placed in a South Essex Homes property temporarily.
However, due to several complaints which the mother says are “malicious”, they have now been asked to leave and told the only property available in Southend is back at Quantock.
Did you think even a worthless chip-wrapper like the 'Echo' wouldn't get a quote to disprove your sob-story?
Councillor Tony Cox, said: “We have been working very closely with South Essex Homes and Essex Police to provide support to this resident, initially finding a temporary solution very quickly to ensure the resident was safe.
“This option was always a temporary measure, and this was explained clearly at the time and a number of times since.
"It is an adapted property for disabled residents, and that property must remain available for residents on the housing register who require an adapted property. In addition to this, a number of complaints have been received about anti-social behaviour being carried out at the property.
“The advice given to this resident from all agencies involved is to move out of the area, and we have offered various streams of support to enable this to happen. Unfortunately this has been refused and so we are left with no other option than to ask them to move back to their previous property.”
Back to the Quantocks you go, love!

What's A Life Worth?

Johnson, of Sandleford Lodge Park in Thatcham, Berkshire, admitted causing death by careless driving.
He denied dangerous driving, which prosecutors alleged had happened when he drove afterwards with a shattered windscreen. The charge was ordered to lie on file.
The defendant did not enter pleas to being the driver of a vehicle and failing to stop after a road accident and being the driver of a vehicle involved in a road accident and failing to report the accident. Both charges were not proceeded with by the prosecution.
Why not? It's not like he wasn't bang to rights on both, after all....
Ian Bridge, mitigating, said Johnson was "desperately sorry" for his "momentary inattention" to the road ahead.
And his efforts to conceal his crime? Is he 'sorry' about that too?
Judge Peter Crabtree OBE sentenced Johnson to a 12-month community order, under which he must carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and pay £250 in prosecution costs. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.

H/T: MisanthropeGirl via Twitter

Monday, 12 November 2018

Name The Contractor Then...

Responding to the criticism, a spokesman for Bellway Homes said: “We are deeply embarrassed by the appointed contractor's lack of respect and sincerely apologise for the offence that this caused to the local community in Horwich.”
Name the contactor that messed up, then.
"When we were made aware that the poppies had been covered by our development signage boards, we immediately sought to rectify the situation and they were removed as a matter of urgency by our own staff who worked late into the evening to take them down.
“We have the utmost respect for Armistice Day and for our military forces, and Bellway is currently supporting the Royal British Legion across the business.
“We could never have imagined that our signage contractor would cover the poppies with the marketing boards. This was a disrespectful mistake and one that we corrected as soon as possible.”
Except you missed one. And a member of the public rectified that. Which drew praise for his public-spirited actions from...

Wait, no, it didn't.
Horwich town councillor Marie Brady was not happy with the way the situation was dealt with.
She said that the images should not have been posted on social media and instead, they should have been reported to the town council or the local branch of the British Legion.
Because there'd be someone available at the weekend to deal with that, eh?

Are You Worried He Showed Up Your Officers, Then?

Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said authorities had spoken with Mr Rogers, but the public should not be putting themselves on the front line in dangerous situations.
'Look, you just have to be a bit careful about — in that situation how close you do get — because he could have been injured himself,' Mr Ashton told Weekend Today on Saturday morning.
You can see the video yourselves, from several camera angles. Trolley Man at least seemed to understand exactly what was going on. More than can be said for the police on the scene...
Video shot from the scene showed the frenzied attack that carried on for more than a minute as Ali chased the officers around as they tried to convince him to surrender, before finally shooting him.
The attacker chased the officers around trees as they tried to avoid his blows and defuse the situation. The officers then retreated to the other side of the road as the attacker, dressed in a long jacket and grey pants, ominously pursued them as horrified bystanders called on police to shoot him.
The video shows police too scared to do what needs to be done, getting in each other's way, and hesitating far too long before taking him out. They were lucky. 

Sunday, 11 November 2018

We Will Remember Them...

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
 Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.  
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 

From Laurence Binyon's poem For the Fallen, written in September 1914

Saturday, 10 November 2018

The Very Definition of 'Displacement Activity'

...researchers, led by doctors at Barts Health NHS Trust in London, said knife injuries have soared in recent years.
They examined medical records of under-25s treated for stab wounds in London hospitals between 2004 and 2014. Some 1,824 young people had been stabbed - of whom 172 were aged under 16, 861 were 16 to 19, and 791 were aged 20 to 24.
Around 22 per cent of the under 16s who were knifed were attacked on a schoolday afternoon. This rose to 11 per cent among 16 to 24 year olds.
Which tells them...well, what, exactly? That gang culture is prevalent amongst young people from a certain demographic?
They called for schools to introduce a staggered finish to the day, to stop pupils leaving all at once, and called for a visible police presence at bus and train stations after school hours.
Errr, wait, what? All schools? Everywhere across the country?

So little Hamish in the Isles and Glyn in the Valleys must have their school times staggered, so Amibola & Duwayne don't meet outside MickeyD's for a rumble?

The researchers, who also included experts from Newcastle University, London Ambulance Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service, said schools must do more to help.
They wrote: 'The sharp increase in stab injuries between the ages of 14 and 16 suggests that educational programmes and other preventative interventions are best delivered in primary or early secondary education.
'We have shown that assaults resulting in penetrating injuries occur in distinct age-related patterns.
'Specifically, the period immediately after school accounts for a large proportion of incidents in children, and these predominantly occur close to home and school.
'This represents an opportunity for targeted preventative strategies in this population.'
'This population' being 'schoolchildren', I suppose? I can't help but feel that you're not tackling the real issue here...

It's About Bloody Time!

Southend Council has published a draft public spaces protection order (PSPO) which could ban begging and prohibit people from sleeping in a public space “in a manner which has a detrimental impact on the quality of life of others”.
It could also ban people from erecting tents, using drugs, spitting, littering, urinating and defecating in the street.
To which everyone who lives and works there says 'What the hell took you so long, and why was this tolerated before?'

While the usual suspects trot out the usual whines about 'criminalising people':
Lara ten Caten, lawyer for Liberty, said: “The council’s proposed bans on rough sleeping and begging will punish some of the town’s most vulnerable people.”
No, love, the town's 'most vulnerable people' are the young mothers and elderly people hassled for spare change by drug addicts or the mentally deranged that are allowed to wander aimlessly around the high street.

Or the shop staff on minimum wage who have to sweep human urine and excrement off their shop entrances before those who can't afford to shop somewhere out of town arrive.
“The draft PSPO also completely ignores Home Office guidance, wrongly equates poverty with anti-social behaviour and will make it near-impossible for any homeless person to avoid breaking the law.”
There's help available for the genuinely homeless. If they don't take it, because they prefer the 'street lifestyle', that's their choice. And it's about time they lived with the consequences, rather than those consequences falling on everyone else.
“The council should be focusing on alleviating hardship, not slapping people with fines they cannot possibly afford, pushing them into the criminal justice system and a downward spiral of debt.”
Most of these people are no stranger to the criminal justice system!
The people of Southend deserve better – this cruel and counterproductive plan must be dropped immediately.”
The people of Southend do indeed deserve better.  This is how they get a town they can be proud to live and work in.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Seems Like They've Been Answered To Me....

The father of Edir Frederico da Costa, known as Edson, who died after being restrained by police has said the family has been left with many unanswered questions.
Mr da Costa said: “Edir’s death at such a young age devastated us as a family and undoubtedly resulted in his mother’s passing a few weeks later.
“We have been left with many unanswered questions....” he added.
Oh, I'm not so sure about that.
Edson, 25, died in hospital six days after being stopped in a car by police in Tollgate Road, Beckton, on June 15 last year.
The investigation found that before or during the stop, he had tried to swallow bags found to contain crack cocaine and heroin.
The only real 'unanswered question' is why didn't they catch him sooner.

Finding Rotten Apples...

Peter McIlduff was arrested after detectives discovered the 39-year-old was communicating with a known paedophile in an internet chat room where pictures of child pornography were traded.
Officers raided his home in Stockport, Greater Manchester, last September and confiscated a laptop from his locker at Wythenshawe police station.
They recovered hundreds of images downloaded over a three-year period, including 69 of the most disgusting scenes of abuse – labelled category A – featuring children as young as three.
Bang to rights!

Nice work for once, lads. I can't imagine how gutting it must feel to know that one of your colleagues is the very worst sort of wrong 'un...
Judge Paul Lawton imposed a 12-month suspended jail sentence after hearing that McIlduff had sought counselling, adding: 'As there has been a rise in defendants going to prison, there is a drain on resources and staff.'

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Who Pays..?

In 2011 Bradford Council approved plans for a replacement timber shop front on 6 Rawson Place, which dates back to the 1870s.
But a shopfront of glass and aluminium was built instead.
Couldn't the applicant read English? Couldn't his architects?
In the past few years, three planning applications were submitted by Jamil Ashraf to retain the shopfront, but Bradford Council refused the application each time.
What's not clear about 'We told you to build it this way, you ignored that ruling, now fix it'..?
Now Mr Ashraf has submitted an appeal to the government calling for Bradford Council’s most recent decision to be overturned.
A decision will be made by a government appointed planning inspector in the coming months.
How much is all this costing the taxpayer?

It's A Ready Made Excuse!

Blood joined the police in 2002 and has worked in Enfield, Walthamstow, and Barking.
The poor sod is obviously suffering from PTSD! C'mon, defence, do your stuff!
Colleagues of Blood testified to his character on the second day of the hearing, describing d him as 'professional' and 'committed to providing a good service to the community.'
I assume that's 'service' in the farmyard use of the term?

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

This Month's Winner Of The Abasement Olympics

Adrian Chapman, one of Wishbone Brewery’s founders, said: “We brewed this beer in Keighley. Among its ingredients are coriander and lime and it’s a light, refreshing, fruity edged beer. We were tossing around ideas for a name, with one idea that was turned down being ‘Indian Summer’.
“The name we came up with in the end was ‘Ganesh’ and it was something we did in all innocence.
“The most important thing for us is how the beer tastes, with the name being secondary.
“The only criteria we have for a name is that it isn’t the same as what some other brewery has already used for their beer.
“We’re completely open to changing the name of the beer, as it was never our intention to offend anybody, though as this was a beer we’d made a couple of months ago for this particular festival there’s an 80 per cent chance we won’t be making it again anyway.
“We’d never knowingly pick a name that could hurt anyone. For example, we’re not the kind of brewery that would put a picture of a busty blonde women on a pump clip along with a lewd name. That’s just not us.”
Good grief! Was the brewery besieged by Hindus with flaming torches and pitchforks?

Who complained?
...Rajan Zed, the Nevada-based president of Universal Society of Hinduism.

When You're Shit Hot At Finding Offence...

...but pretty useless at finding evidence:

Still, it's not really your job any more, is it? Might as well let the media do that, as well.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Sounds More Like Easton 'Community' Doing A Futile Thing...

A crowd of about 100 people shouting “cops go home” took part in a seven-hour protest in Bristol as immigration enforcement officers attempted to remove a man who was allegedly in the country illegally.
Laurie Underwood, one local resident who was protesting, said: “At the heart of every bit of immigration enforcement violence like this is a person who was just trying to get on with their day and a community who knows and respects them. It’s not OK to kidnap our friends and neighbours. It’s brutal and unnecessary. The response in Easton last night shows we don’t have to sit back and watch it happen.”
Except that's essentially what you all did.
The man was detained and remains in immigration detention pending his removal from the UK.
Another local resident who joined the protest, Heather Newson, said the man was well known and liked by those in the community who used the shop.
Of the protest, she said: “It was totally Easton community doing an awesome thing.”
Good thing you didn't have jobs to do instead, eh?

"We're The Bad Taste Police, Son. Get Yer Trousers On, Yer Nicked!"

The country is gone. Finito. Orwell was an amateur. He couldn't have dreamed of the sort of hell humans were capable of making for themselves, when we decide the rule of law means nothing, and there no longer remains any adults in charge to check the mob...
A Scotland Yard spokesman said it was 'too early' to state what type of offences could have been committed.
Translation: "We'll have to think of something, because now there's a Twittermob!"


Still, who cares about gang murders, knife crime and muggings when burning someone in effigy has been decided to be the cause celebre, the crime du jour, the...


*shrugs* I guess it's OK sometimes.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Not Receiving Attention For The Right Reasons....

The deadly shooting of 20-year-old Eric Torell who had Down’s syndrome and autism in August has received great attention.
Because it's a case of 'OMG! The police shot a member of a Victim Group® (even though he appeared to be armed and disobeyed instructions but that doesn't matter because, hey, didn't we say Victim Group® loud enough?)!'. And not for the reason questions should be asked...
New information reveals that three officers fired 25 shots. Three of those hit Eric – one in the stomach and two in the back one of which was deadly.
25 shots fired, and 22 of them went elsewhere but at the target?! Who the hell teaches at their firing range, the North Yorkshire Police instructor..?

Or maybe the question should be, what sort of police officers are they recruiting?
Swedish police officers resign daily, too few apply to academy, entry requirements are lowered, certain groups accepted for quotas, while others are rejected despite passing tests.
Well, well, well....

Does Judge Jim Tindal Believe In Father Christmas Too..?

Judge Jim Tindal said: "I'm conscious you have two young children and have Christmas coming up. A short sharp shock is what is called for in your case. You can be back with your kids, where you belong, before Christmas time."
What did he do, a bit of drunk & disorderly? Littering?
Simon Phillips, prosecuting, said the first incident of dangerous driving happened on July 24 this year at around 8.30pm.
An officer performed checks on a Volkswagen Golf registered to a female and identified as being uninsured. The officer illuminated his car's blue lights but the defendant drove off along Belmont Street at 40mph, breaking the 30mph speed limit in a residential area. He drove along Victoria Street, running a red light and headed onto St Martin's Street, running a second red light over the old bridge, contravened a no-entry sign and drove into King Street towards the Cathedral.
Simon Phillips, prosecuting, said: "Police officers stopped the chase at that stage. They felt it was too dangerous and did not wish to cause any further collision."
Ah. And not was that the only offence that saw him in the dock.
On the following night police chased Newman again. This time the defendant was behind the wheel of a Peugeot 309 and once again he failed to stop when officers illuminated blue lights.
Newman drove along Belmont Road, turned towards the Oval and on to Great Western Way.
"A pedestrian had to jump out of the way as the car drove down a pedestrian walkway" said Mr Phillips. Again, because of the dangerousness of the driving police had to call off the pursuit.
However, other officers became involved later. At one point Newman stopped the car and officers expected him to run. Mr Phillips said: "The Peugeot accelerated towards the police car and the officer had to dive back into the police car to avoid injury.
"The Peugeot struck the door of the car as it drove off and made its escape."
Why is driving a vehicle at someone not attempted murder?

But what about that bizarre leniency from the bewigged cretin? Does he have an otherwise clean record??
In police interview he made a full and frank admission. He had been disqualified from driving on December 7, 2017 for 18 months. He had previous convictions including for drug driving, siphoning off fuel from a lorry, breaking into a kebab van, stealing a chainsaw and for criminal damage and threatening behaviour.
The excuses must have been even better than the usual ones trotted out, then?
Michael Aspinall, defending, accepted that the offence crossed the custody threshold. He said Newman had a chaotic family life and that his father was a heroin addict and had texted his son to tell him that he intended to kill himself.
Newman suffers from ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder.
"To use his word to me, he is 'disgusted' with himself" said Mr Aspinall.
Newman said: "I have been an idiot in the past and now it's time for change. Enough is enough. I want to be a positive father for my children not like my father was and I have to change."
That's another 'Nope!' them.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Why Are There No Adults In Charge?

The past: Man declares himself a woman, prison authorities are happy to believe him. The inevitable occurs.

But it's OK, everyone's entitled to make a mistake, right? It's important though, that 'lessons are learned'.

The present: Man declares himself a schoolchild, and....well, guess what?
Today the boy, who is claimed to have a bearded selfie on a now-deleted Facebook profile, has been pulled out of school after the headteacher referred him to the Home Office.
This has sparked an investigation by immigration officials who want to determine his age.
It's a bit late to start asking questions now, isn't it? Maybe we should investigate the ages of those in charge of policy. Maybe they are just claiming to be in their 40s and 50s, and they are really all 9 or 10?

But now their incompetence has been rumbled, let the 'Pass The Parcel Of Blame' game commence!
A statement from Stoke High School spokesman said: 'This is a matter for the Home Office. They are looking into this after we contacted them.
'The student is not attending the school at this time.
'We do not comment on individual cases but we have followed government and local authority policies and guidance, as we do for any asylum admissions matter.'
What's the point in 'following guidance' rather than relying on the evidence of your own eyes?
A Home Office statement said: 'We do not routinely comment on individual cases.'
If you did, maybe you'd have no time to make these errors...
A Suffolk Police spokesman said he did not believe its officers were involved in the case.
'Did not believe'? Are they, or aren't they? What sort of 'spokesman' are you?

Inaccuracy In Headlines...

The 'law chief' in question - the utterly useless Common Purpose stooge, Alison Saunders, who followed the equally-compromised Kier Starmer - isn't paying anything. We, the poor bloody taxpayer, are on the hook for the stunning incompetence of the public sector.

During all that time, the Met seemingly failed to undertake even the most elementary checks regarding either Paul’s accusers or his alleged crime.
One accuser had described Paul to police as looking like a ‘light-skinned Asian’.
Nobody even bothered to check the accusers were underage during the alleged offence. They were not.
Or to verify one accuser’s statements that, on several occasions, ending in 1981, he ran into Paul’s flatmate, Limahl, lead singer of pop group Kajagoogoo.
‘Firstly, he didn’t live there, Kajagoogoo didn’t make a record until 1983 and Limahl (his stage name) hadn’t even been invented by then,’ says Paul.
‘He was just a bloke called Chris. These were elementary errors that could have been checked in ten minutes with a quick flick on Google.’
Why would they ever need to, when there are never, ever any personal consequences - for them - of getting it wrong?
‘I thought Britain was more humane than the U.S. The country with the longest rule of democracy — innocent until proven guilty and all that.
'Now I realise that the police don’t tell the truth all at once. They only tell the truth when they absolutely have to.’
This is what it comes down to - the respected institutions we once had are now little better than ideology-driven hitmen.

And the once-reviled institutions, the so-called 'right wing gutter press', are the only ones speaking truth to power:
He credits journalists — and, in particular, the Daily Mail’s Richard Littlejohn (‘the first person to figure out that Yewtree was the emperor’s new clothes’) with saving him and others.
Think on that, next time the authorities try to spin you a line. 

Friday, 2 November 2018

Funny, I Wouldn't Hate Anyone Who Gave Me Free Money...

A mother was reduced to tears after she was left with just 74p to feed her young daughter for six days when a Universal Credit payment she was expecting failed to go into her bank account.
Is this another case of the State screwing up?
Mel Whitchurch, 35, and her partner Chris Steer, 39, who live in Preston Road in Brighton, were yesterday desperately rummaging through their home to find things to sell to pay for food for their five-year-old daughter Cheyenne.
Mel, who has back problems and can’t walk, and Chris, who has been signed off work with mental health problems, jointly claim Universal Credit, the new benefit for working age people that replaces six benefits and merges them into one payment.
*Sympathy draining away*
The couple recently arranged to split their monthly payments into two per month – and although Mel says the Department of Work and Pensions told them the payments would be made “fortnightly”, the DWP says the arrangement is for “bi-monthly” payments.
Errr, OK, help me out here...
“They told me it was my problem and they put the phone down on me,” said Mel, who has been on benefits for 11 years and has no savings.
“They just don’t care. I hate them.”
Really? It's their fault you can't budget?
Also worried about paying bills, Mel became distraught when she told how Cheyenne would be the only child unable to take a snack with her when she returns to school on Monday after half-term.
Oh, woe! Woe! WOE!!!
When The Argus spoke to Mel yesterday, a friend had just brought the family two pizzas to keep them going. But after that they only had a few tins of food to last until next Wednesday.
The 'friend' didn't think to buy fresh produce, I note...
This month, the family has received an additional £150 from the DWP to buy a new washing machine, which they have now bought.
OK, that's it. That did it. As it clearly did for the readers.

They don't even get the tiny violin, it's wasted on the scrounging layabouts!

And What Caused The Judge's Brain Injuries...?

A young mother who sustained severe brain injuries while 'tram surfing' as a teenager has won £485,000 in compensation.
Rebecca Kelly was just 13-years-old when she held onto the outside of a Luas tram in Dublin before falling back and hitting her head on the tracks. Ms Kelly, now 20-years-old, has received a staggering payout from the High Court in Dublin despite admitting the accident was her fault.
I mean, he must have had some...?
Mr Justice Cross approved the settlement and told Ms Kelly it was unnecessary to state she had done a 'silly thing' but commended her for her honesty.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Watersports? Yr Doin’ It Wrong!

Jeremy Rawson, defending, said Hale had mental health difficulties, which had only recently come to light, and Asperger's syndrome.
How recently? Would it be 'just after they slapped on the cuffs'...?

It Certainly Was For The Wolf!

A spokesman said:"What happened Monday is really a one-time incident."
Ummm, yeah. So far.
Stunned zookeepers say they have no idea why the bears attacked.
Oooh, ooh, I know! It's because they're bears!

Dierenrijk Zoo management is not really helping the image of zoos around the world, in their reaction to this totally unavoidable incident.
"The animals are put together to challenge them like this to play with each other."
"It's a piece of enrichment for the animal kingdom. The animals have always lived in good harmony with each other."
Sure. Right up until the point that they don't. And then, because they are in an enclosed space, there's nowhere to flee.
"It's always gone well. We decided years ago to put the wolves and brown bears together. That's good for the animals and we also see no reason to break them up now."
'Hey, look, we engineered the death of an animal through bad planning and starry-eyed ideas, but that's no reason we should change anything now, is it?'

I'm very glad these arrogant morons aren't in charge of something crucial, like an airline or nuclear power station.