Saturday, 17 August 2019

And After That, Talking To Your Passengers..?

Tougher restrictions on drivers using mobile phones, including extending the ban to hands-free devices, should be considered, MPs have said. The transport select committee said using any type of mobile phone while driving had potentially catastrophic consequences.
Although it acknowledged there would be practical challenges, it recommended that the government launch a public consultation on criminalising the use of hands-free devices by drivers.
But people are still driving around using mobiles in a non-hands free manner with impunity. I see one or two every day, if not more.

And why? Because there's no enforcement.
Motoring organisations the RAC and the AA backed calls for a review and said enforcement was a crucial factor.
Exactly!
Edmund King, the AA president, said: “Offenders think the chance of being caught is minimal. Following a reduction of specialist traffic officers by a third, a good deterrent would be to have more cops in cars targeting those tempted to pick up the phone.”
Only one problem: how are they going to report their arrest? They'll have to pull over, because what's the difference between a hands-free mobile, and a radio?

The Consequence Of Illegal Actions

Mr Connors was struck on the A2016 Eastern Way dual carriageway last July while racing his cart.
Carts can be used on highways in the UK so long as the driver complies with the Department for Transport’s Code of Practice for Horse-Drawn Vehicles, reports the Highway Code.
However cart racing is illegal and not allowed on UK roads.
A spokesperson for the Met police told MailOnline: 'Racing, in a cart or car, is not an acceptable way to travel.'
No, it isn't. Why don't you enforce it, then? You know it happens. You know who does it. You know now what the consequences of tiptoeing around these 'people' can be, after all.
Mr Budd was ordered to complete two 18 month long community orders requiring him to complete 300 hours of unpaid work for causing death by dangerous driving and 100 hours for damaging property, in respect to the horse.
Both are to run at the same time. He was also disqualified from driving for two years.
Personally, I think the ratio of those points is the wrong way round. The horse was worth more, in every sense of the word.

Friday, 16 August 2019

They Never Stop...


You thought they'd give up at plastic shopping bags? Where have you been...?
High-street stores and online retailers hand out hundreds of millions of hangers every year – even though the overwhelming majority cannot be recycled and around half of them end up in landfill or the ocean.
And, of course, the answer is to soak the public. Again.
There is growing support for a war on plastic hangers, with politicians, campaign groups and even the hanger industry itself demanding a compulsory 5p charge, similar to the successful levy on plastic bags. The hanger mountain has been described as a scandal ‘hidden in plain sight’.
The real scandal is how we are allowing ourselves to be driven into bankruptcy by green campaigners...

Common Elements...

Decent, hardworking victim:
Mr Duncan's family said in a statement: 'Peter was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others.
'He was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend and loved by all who knew him. His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives.'
Utter scum waste of oxygen perps:
Stephen Humphries, 34, a waiter, added: 'There was a group of people around the guy on the floor, clutching his chest. There was a group of young lads running around shouting, they did not seem too bothered.
'The young lads were swearing and saying 'he was going to get it' and 'it was coming to him'.'
Ineffective revolving door criminal justice system:
Chief Superintendent Ged Noble said the inquiry into Mr Duncan's death is at an early stage but said it appears he was attacked at the entrance to the shopping centre.
He added: 'We have very quickly made seven arrests. The persons involved are known to us.'
This latest murder is a microcosm of modern UK life, isn't it?

Thursday, 15 August 2019

It's Noticeable That This Doesn't Happen At Every Type Of Music Festival...

A trio of councillors have blasted the processes that led to four men being stabbed at a music festival in Morden over the weekend.
 Unusually for Lib Dems, they aren't blaming 'poverty', 'Tory underinvestment' or 'policing failures'...
“The festival was only approved after organisers gave assurances about the security measures in place. Clearly something went seriously wrong.
“As an immediate step, the Liberal Democrat group has written to the Council to call for a formal review of security arrangements at the festival. We will also be pushing to ensure that councillors are kept fully briefed at every stage of the review, so that we can keep residents informed and ensure that their concerns are adequately addressed.
“I hope that any review can consider whether knife arches or further weapons searches could be used at future events of this type.
“When I speak to local people on the doorstep, crime comes up repeatedly as a real concern. Residents deserve to be able to feel safe in this area, and that is why preserving a proper local police presence is a priority for me and my fellow Liberal Democrat councillors.”
Makes a change, You're usually tying their hands so they can't do anything about yobbery!
Cannon Hill Councillor Nick McLean as well as Dundonald's David Dean think that the event should no longer be held at Morden Park altogether.
“Merton’s parks are there for everyone to enjoy," Cllr Dean said. "It was very clear from last year’s event that residents were aggrieved with the noise, litter, loss of parkland, overcrowding in Morden, drugs and apparent lawlessness. It appears that this year’s event has surpassed the previous one in its anti social behaviour and has added violence to its litany of complaints.
"Merton Council should not have entertained another year of aggro. It’s time to say goodbye to this unpopular pastime.”
Excellent! Finally, standing up for decency! What a refreshing change.

Now, about that Notting Hill Carnival...

Animals Owning Animals...

A dog was left in severe pain after a leg fracture and chronic dental disease were left untreated by its owners.
Lurcher Bing's condition deteriorated so badly that he had to be put to sleep. His owners Anthony Sellars, John Sellars and Merrissa Sellars have now been prosecuted by the RSPCA.
They pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to Bing - who they had owned since he was around one-year-old.
As usual, the perpetrators are the type you'd expect:


Ugh!
Anthony Sellars, 49, John Sellars, 21, and Merrissa Sellars, 29, - all of Clyde Street, Chopwell - will be sentenced at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on September 6.


Comment of the month!

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

"Thorin sits down and starts to sing about gold..."

'...for 45 minutes every Monday in 22 episodes, soon on Prime!'
A JRR Tolkien expert working on Amazon’s forthcoming multi-series adaptation of The Lord of the Rings has claimed that the retail and streaming giant has been refused permission by the estate to use the bulk of the book’s plot.
Eh...?
Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey, who is supervising the show’s development, told German fansite Deutsche Tolkien that the estate has refused to allow the series to be set during any period other than the Second Age of Middle-earth.
This means Amazon’s adaptation will not cross over at all with events from the Third Age, which were dramatised in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy and sees hobbit Frodo Baggins destroy the One Ring.
So, it's a prequel? You know, I think fans and viewers will still tune in, somehow.

It's Always Men's Fault...

Knife possession offences involving women in England have increased steeply since 2014 - rising by at least 10% every year, police figures show.
Yeah, it's gangs and enrichment, of course...
Youth workers say some women carry weapons for gangs as they are less likely to be stopped by police.
But wait! Surely, somehow...?
Jennifer Blake is a former gang leader from Peckham, in south London, who now works as a community support worker and independent gangs consultant.
"For some women it's a normal thing to have in your bag, like lipstick," she says. "We have got girls that stab, but it's just like the elephant in the room. No-one wants to talk about it because no one knows how to deal with it.
"Everywhere you go you have problems with girls and their identity, their self-worth and those are the vulnerable ones that boys end up picking up."
Yup! Thought so.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

"Have You Got A Licence For That Sense Of Humour, Sir?"

Gwent Police released a mugshot of Jermaine Taylor, 21, from Newport, south east Wales on Wednesday as he wanted on recall to prison.
But their appeal for help in finding him was met with facetious comments, with many choosing to use the opportunity for a joke.
Really? Why?

Oh...
Lea Hook wrote: 'He was last seen in town; Police are combing the area.' While Matt Price said: 'Push his release date back further than his hair line, that should teach him.'
Heh! Well, who could fail to...

Wait. What?
... after the barage (sic) of comments, with some 80,000 now having been left, Gwent Police said: 'Please remember that harassing, threatening and abusing people on social media can be against the law.
'Our advice is to be as careful on social media as you would in any other form of communication.
'If you say something about someone which is grossly offensive or is of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, then you could be investigated by the police.'
If Boris Johnson and Priti Patel are serious about ensuring the criminals fear the police again, then the first way they could go about it is demanding that police social media departments are razed to the ground...

Keep Death Off The Roads...

...oh, wait!
Judge Peter Ross, sentencing Partridge to 240 hours unpaid work, described his actions as 'almost suicidal'.
He added: "It was appallingly reckless and dangerous driving."
Judge Ross said what made the incident so serious was Partridge had made the 'deliberate decision' to turn off speed limiting in the ambulance so he could go faster.
He added, however, that Partridge was 'hard-working' and decided not to impose a prison sentence or suspended sentence so he could pursue a nursing course.
I hope if Judge Ross is ever wheeled into a NHS hospital for treatment, he sees this walking disaster area standing there with a bedpan.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Take, Take, Take...

I told you we hadn't seen the last of this story:
Shukri’s uncle Mustaf Omar, 29, said: “We are not happy with the lack of information in the report. It’s a whitewash. We hoped the school would interview Shukri’s mother for this report and other parents whose children might have experienced bullying but they weren’t approached.
“It was very insulting that we were asked to go to the police station to receive this school report. We asked for an interpreter for Shukri’s mum, Zamzam, but there was no interpreter there. Zamzam just sat there crying. In the end we walked out of the police station in protest about the way we were treated.”
*rolls eyes*
Shukri’s mother, Zamzam Arab Ture, is calling on the school to be investigated for a potential breach of its duty of care towards pupils.
She said: “If the rights we came to this country for exist I want something done.
You've got a bloody nerve demanding your 'rights' when you haven't even bothered to learn the language of the country you came to!
An investigation has been launched into whether police treated Shukri’s family “less favourably” because of their ethnic background.
Of course it has.

A Blast From The Past...

Back in 2015, this post got a 'Post of the Month'.

Has anything changed since then?
Mum-of-four Becky Bryant, 40, told Sun Online: "(The victims) were in a large group of around 30. A lady was crying and screaming as two people comforted her.
"It was an Asian family. The ladies all had their head-wear on. The last lady that got pulled out, she definitely had her clothing on."
Guess not.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

"Britons, never never never shall be slaves..."

Malcolm Venton, 77, and partner Lorraine Ellis, 64, were among seven people in their street and 20 residents in the whole of Whaley Bridge to stay put.
He said: 'It's vindicated us really, I felt that we were never in much danger and that's proven to be the case.
A police woman this morning asked me if I was was one of those refusing to move and I sad (sic) 'yes'.
'She said that I was 'foolish' and told me 'we'll be the ones who have to retrieve your bodies'.
After you've completed all the paperwork and risk assessments and waited for backup, you mean?

And...yes, it is your job. Why is it somehow 'selfish' to expect you to do it, should it become necessary?
Local resident Chris George, 48, agreed and said: 'I didn't feel that I was putting myself in harm's way at all and tonight's decision I think reflects that.
'We are only just inside the 'red zone' or 'danger zone' so if anything bad happened I could have run 150 yards or so up the hill to safety.
'I've got a bag ready and packed with clothing and bare essentials should that be the case.
'I wanted to stay within the comfort of my own home, rather be here than some hotel or draughty school hall.
'I've seen the criticisms of those residents people who've stayed put and I can understand that but I really don't think I'm going to be putting myself or others in any danger.'
As it turned out, you weren't. Some will say it was luck, but maybe instead, it was a rational choice having assessed all the dangers?

Dangers that you, as someone living there, might be expected to assess more carefully that a state agent intent of following standard operating procedure...
Kaz Stringer, 47, and her partner Martin George were moved out of their town centre flat on Thursday and were staying with his 70-year-old mother Gillian when they were asked to evacuate again on Saturday.
All three refused and Kaz said: 'We'd already moved once and didn't want to do so again after only two days.
'Besides, this house is on a much higher point and is much better protected from any floodwater so we didn't feel the need to.'
Isn't it nice to see people not blindly obedient to the demands of a stranger in hi-vis?


*sighs* We've clearly still got a long, long way to go...

Only In Liverpool Pt18974532


Wha...?
Peter Higham was jailed for 10 months, and given a 17 month road ban, on Friday after being found guilty of dangerous driving and obstructing an officer in their duty.
 But wait, it gets better!
Judge Gary Woodhall jailed Higham saying that he clearly hadn't learnt his lesson, after previously impersonating members of the emergency services and earning himself the nickname "Fireman Sham".
Now, Higham could see himself losing his beloved job as a bus driver for Stagecoach who he started working for in 2015, less than 10 years after he was convicted of stealing an Arriva bus and accepting fares from passengers.
He was suspended from his jobs when Stagecoach were made aware of Higham's latest offences and have said they will now be carrying out an internal disciplinary process.
 Yes, the obvious question was asked...
When asked how Higham was able to get a job as a bus driver considering his past, Stagecoach told the ECHO that each driver is subject to background checks and in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, some previous convictions can be considered spent.
Is it that difficult to find someone to employ without a criminal conviction in Liverpool then?

Friday, 9 August 2019

A Better Question Is 'Who Cares?'...


Despite the growing popularity of professional gaming throughout the world – the audience figures for competitive gaming have reached 450m this year – female competitors remain scarce.
*shrugs*
There certainly are high-profile examples of female pros – trans woman Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn is one of the most successful Starcraft II players in the world...
I rather think you've just devalued your argument there, Keith...
...figures collected by Nielsen suggest that almost a quarter of the pro gaming audience is female, and in some parts of the world it’s much higher. So why aren’t we seeing that reflected in the Fortnite World Cup?
Because watching isn't the same as doing? But maybe there were reasons for it - barriers women couldn't...

Oh!
The easy answer is because no women qualified. The heats were entirely open and held online over 10 weeks – more than 40m players competed with no restrictions on age or gender.
Keith's convinced it's the 'toxic atmosphere' and 'hostility to females' that the males are guilty of (which you'd think would be evident to the watching female audience too)....

And because 'diversity' is all, this must change! Keith said so!
Though esports revenues are set to hit $1bn this year, it remains a young and immature industry. Working out best practices in terms of encouraging gender diversity is a challenge that will affect every publisher and event organiser in the world over the coming years...
They are making millions, and - presumably - will still make millions even if women don't compete. Why should they feel a need to 'tackle this'..?

Off With Its Head!

Lynsey Beck was taking her son Cody to nursery when the Bullmastiff ran out of its owner’s garden and savaged their six-month-old puppy Harley before turning on her.
The terrifying incident left the mum needing stitches for bite wounds and their Labrador required treatment from a vet.
Dad Colin, who was also present, considered throwing Cody, now six, into a garden in a desperate bid to protect him from the crazed animal, named Eva.
Now, almost three years after the incident, the dog’s owner Moira Hunter and her supporters have written to the Royal Family in a desperate plea to overrule a sheriff who ordered the dog to be put down.
Maybe we'll get lucky, and Her Maj will order a spell in the Tower for the useless arrogant owner too...
The attack happened in December 2016 in Hurlford, Ayrshire. Hunter was in her garden with Eva.
As she saw the family walk down the street with their dog, which was on a lead, she shouted: “Don’t worry, she’s friendly.”
Words that almost always mean 'Attacking incoming!'...
Seconds later, the bullmastiff ran across the road and went berserk.
Lynsey suffered bites to her right hip and hand and ended up with fractured fingers in the attack. Harley also needed stitches to his leg and stomach.
Hunter appeared in Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in January last year where she admitted being in charge of the dog when it was dangerously out of control. She was banned from owning dogs for five years. Sheriff Elizabeth MacFarlane also ordered Eva to be put to sleep.
Why on earth has it taken so long?  Because the owner clearly has more money than sense.
But the animal was given a lifeline after the sheriff’s ruling was referred to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.
The public body referred the case back to the High Court to consider an alternative sanction. But the original sentence was upheld. Now a rarely used legal bid – the royal prerogative of mercy – has been launched as a last-ditch effort to save the dog.
FFS!

The owner is, as expected, the typical dangerous dog owner, convinced she's in the right here, despite the damage her mutt has caused. And the fact she's got form:
Hunter, who has a previous conviction for failing to control a Japanese Akita, claimed the attack had been “blown out of proportion”.
She said: “I’d say that if the dog suffered after that day and had to get behavioural training, then that’s all exaggerated.
“I apologised at the time, The lassie had a wee bite on her hand. I went in to the house to get a cold cloth but she didn’t want it.”
Even our NHS wouldn't recommend a cold cloth for having chunks bitten out of you, would it?

Naturally, there's an animal rights nutcase behind this legal bid.
Animal rights group Fighting Against Breed Specific Legislation have been backing her campaign and said a family has already been lined up for Eva.
The Manson Family...?
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said they did not want to comment.
Can't really blame them...

Thursday, 8 August 2019

About Time It Was Renamed Then....


The clean-up was done in collaboration with Pride, which paid for the cleaning of its official areas, provided extra bins and recruited litter pickers.
So they knew in advance that the people attending this thing would behave like animals?

Wouldn't it have been better to simply provide extra council workers to hand out on the spot fines for littering, and then it'd pay for itself!

Meanwhile, down on the beach:
Volunteers showed up in their droves to help clean Brighton beach during Pride weekend.
But they were shocked by the number of laughing gas cannisters they found strewn across the pebbles.
By 10am yesterday several large bin bags had been filled with rubbish including a large number of sacks filled with the small metal containers.
Just what is this to be 'proud' of...?

Dog Bites Man...

...man kicks dog. Wait, did I say 'man'?
Dr Jatinder Dhami twice kicked and stamped on Staffordshire bull terrier, Sasha, after she bit him when he gave her an injection in November 2017.
A receptionist, at Vets4Pets in the Pets at Home in the Springfield Retail Park, Leicestershire, told a committee that she saw Dr Dhami attack the dog.
It's taken two years...?
But the committee ruled that Dr Dhami would be suspended for four months over the incident, rather than being struck off because he provided good references.
*blinks*
Dr Dhami defended his actions, describing them as ‘irrational’ and ‘adrenalin-fuelled’ but denied they were premeditated.
He added that he and his family had been racially targeted since the case.
Ah, the Race Card. Always the card of last resort.
The report read: ‘The committee was particularly impressed by the evidence of a registered veterinary nurse who has worked with the respondent for about 12 months.
‘She had no doubt about the respondent’s professionalism and care for animals.’
In its report, the committee said the suspension would be sufficient ‘to protect the welfare of animals, maintain public confidence and to declare and uphold proper standards of conduct.’
I can but hope he never works for Vets4Pets again.
Two other allegations relating to a kitten and a Jack Russell dog were rejected.
Utter scum.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

And...That's Different To Now, How?

Basu said: “We have done a lot of contingency planning to put things in place. But there are some things you can’t put in place. So there is no contingency planning for not being given passenger name records.
“It would create an immediate risk that people could come to this country who were serious offenders, either wanted or still serial and serious offenders committing crimes in this country, and we would not know about it. ”
So, it'd be just like it currently is, then? And it'd still take us ages to get rid of them? Especially if they claimed asylum...
“As an organisation we have prided ourselves for a very long time … of being an organisation that wants to be anti-racist, inclusive, wants to be diverse.
“What we must not do at any point, now or in the future, is lower our standards in terms of integrity and professionalism, diversity, inclusion.”
You've already lowered them. To the point that the public wonder now if you even have any standards.

"Sure, I like dags. I like caravans more."

A police officer made a "racially inflamed comment" moments before his dog bit a traveller, a court has heard.
Goodness me!
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court was shown CCTV of the moment the 50-year-old's dog bit Andrew Cash's leg.
I hope they served popcorn!
Mr Shaw told jurors the racially aggravated part of the charge related to a word used by PC Birch when he called for back-up.
"It is the prosecution's case that this was a racially inflamed comment," Mr Shaw said.
I think we can all guess, can't we?

H/T: Ted Treen via email

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Wait, Don't They Know Who Was At The Scene?

A former carer who worked with the young man, told The Sun: 'He's one of the most difficult and challenging mental patients I've ever encountered.
'He suffers from schizophrenia and has a tendency towards violence. He is stockily built — about 5ft 10in tall — and gets angry when he is denied something that he wants or is told what to do.
'Something must have gone seriously wrong at the Tate because he's not allowed out unless accompanied by at least two support staff. There will have to be a serious inquiry into what he was doing there.'
Yeah, so the NHS mental health service can 'learn lessons'. Again
Police are investigating whether the teenager escaped from his secure unit or managed to get free of one of his carers, and have confirmed mental health was being explored as a line of inquiry.
They don't know yet? Surely that's the sort of thing that they could find out in 5 minutes?

More Of This, Until They Get The Message...

A taxi driver who refused to take a blind woman and her guide dog was caught as part of a huge crackdown on cabbies breaking the law.
You'll never guess....
Qurban Hussain was booked by a test purchaser carrying out checks on private hire drivers for Kirklees Council.
Well, well, well...
The operation came following reports that there were taxi drivers in the area refusing to pick up disabled passengers and their assistance dogs. The 47-year-old, who works for Pennine Heckmondwike Cars, was booked for a pickup from Morrisons in Heckmondwike at 1pm on June 23 last year. 
At last, councils actually doing their duty!
Gareth Henderson-Moore, prosecuting, said: "On that date Kirklees Council was conducting a covert operation which involved an officer from the council making a booking for a taxi.
"When the taxi arrived she was accompanied by a member of the public who is registered blind and needs an assistance dog to identify whether drivers would accept the booking."
"He attended at the pickup location and there was no issue with accepting the booking until he saw the assistance dog whereby he refused the booking and said he didn't take dogs and told her to get in the car behind."
Heh! Busted!
"I said it's part of his licence under the Equality Act to allow the dog into the car because it's a working dog and he still said 'no'."
She said that once it was clear that Hussain was refusing to take the dog she made the agreed hand signal to two enforcement officers who then came over and spoke with him.
I bet that concentrated his mind somewhat. Though clearly, he thought it was worth pleading ignorance/
Hussain, of Thomas Street in Heckmondwike, pleaded not guilty to failing or refusing to carry out a booking for a disabled person accompanied by an assistance dog.
His solicitor Khalid Hussain said that there was no evidence that the call taker asked Hussain to pick up Ms Wood-Brignall.
"Whether or not he takes the dog is of no consequence. He made it clear he was not the driver allocated."
Luckily, the magistrates weren't having it.
...magistrates found the case proved against Hussain due to the credible evidence of the witnesses and fined him £120. He was ordered to pay £700 towards prosecution costs and £30 victim surcharge.
He should also be barred from applying for a private hire licence for life.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Don't You Find It Weird...

...that the people who always rush to declare that the Koran's instructions on gays and infidels have absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the actions of Muslim terrorists are also the same people who are absolutely convinced that a politician's words on immigration are what definitely drove someone to mass murder?

I do.

Finally, Answers...

Speaking after his death, Mr Ashworth's family described him as "sensitive and compassionate".
"Our entire family are still reeling from the shock of Spencer's tragic death and would ask for complete privacy now and around the time of the forthcoming coroner's court proceedings," they said in September 2018.
"Our next statement will be at the conclusion of the coroner's court."
How did this 'sensitive, compassionate' man die?
Firearms police were responding to reports of a motorist travelling on the M5 with a handgun when Mr Ashworth was killed on the A369 Portbury Hundred, Portishead, North Somerset.
According to reports at the time the motorist had allegedly threatened another driver and Mr Ashworth died from gunshot wounds in a red Suzuki Swift.
Ah.
Today (February 11) - almost a year and a half since Mr Ashworth was shot - the IOPC confirmed it had completed its investigation.
However, its findings will not be published until they form part of the inquest hearing into Mr Ashworth’s death- a date for which has not been set.
One to watch.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Otherwise Known As 'A Rifle'...

During the episode, the cooking specialist went hunting to follow the tradition of the Maori people. In one scene, Gordon shot dead a goat on a hill with a rifle-styled gun...
/facepalm

This Is Something My Hunting Games Never Tackled...


...just what sort of calibre do you need to down a 75 ton Scania..?

Sunday Funnies...

Isn't it about time scientists stopped doing stuff like this and got on with designing flying cars?

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Don't Mention The War The Immigration Problem...

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer issued a statement condemning 'this appalling act in the strongest terms' and cautioning against drawing conclusions before more is known.
Heh! Good luck with that. We already drew them. And the picture they painted isn't very pretty.

Drawn, as it is, in blood:
How much more to come..?

Are You Having A Laugh?

A window displaying a “stop Brexit” poster was smashed by a thug in an act of “physical retribution”.
The home of former Lib Dem councillor Jean Howes, and Liberal Democrat secretary Bob Howes, was targeted on Tuesday night at 10pm as a “curb-stone” was thrown through the window.
Drunken yobs have been throwing bricks at people's windows since bricks (and windows) were invented.

Why does she think the poster had anything to do with it?
Jean said: “It is a sign of intolerance, and this is what happens when society begins to breakdown, people think they can act this way.
“We live in a democracy....
Errr....yes. We do. We had a vote. A democratic one. Your poster wants to halt the result of that vote.

Here, love. Look up 'democracy' in this:


...and we have been expressing our opinion, we haven’t forced it on anyone, we simply have a poster up.
“It is upsetting, it is sad that people feel the need to do that in such an aggressive way.”
If you were genuinely targeted due to the poster, you really only have yourself to blame. 

Friday, 2 August 2019

Lammy: Always Reliably Wrong...



And in the process, David, ensure more innocent motorists suffer instead?
McErlean was later found to have 3.5 micrograms of THC (the active chemical in cannabis) per litre of blood in his system - almost double the legal limit of the active ingredient of cannabis.
'He admitted that he regularly smoked cannabis and had done so since the age of 15,' Ms Broome said.
'He didn't view it as a problem as he passed his driving test under the influence of cannabis.'
What's Lammy under the influence of, though, that's the question...

They Lie. It's Just What They Do.

Priory School in Lewes forced all pupils to wear trousers in 2017 after “concerns” were raised over the length of skirts and to cater to their transgender pupils.
The decision bans all female pupils from wearing skirts. At the time, the school said that only new students would be required to wear the new uniform.
And you believed them?
But it has now announced that all students, not just newcomers, will be required to wear the “gender neutral” uniform.
And parents aren't happy. This is extra expense they haven't budgeted for.
Parents of year 11 pupils are frustrated that they will have to pay out for the new uniform. It is expected to cost about £90 and pupils will wear it for 150 school days.
So there's a bit of a revolt happening. Maybe too little, too late, now, however.
An online petition to “stop Priory school from forcing everyone to wear trousers” has been signed by 132 people.
A legal letter, which has been sent to the school, is threatening to take the decision to Judicial Review.
Shouldn't you have done that from the start?
The Argus contacted the school for comment on the last day of term but the school did not reply.
Heh. All too demob happy, I suspect.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Well, Well, Well...

An 18-year-old convicted of a city centre stabbing will now be locked up after a judge ruled his previous sentence was "too lenient".
Edi Gomes, of Springhead Court, Bulwell, was convicted of a stabbing in Burton Street on March 8 after he pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possessing a bladed article.
On Friday (July 26), the Court of Appeal ruled his previous non-custodial sentence was too lenient and he should be locked up.
That's a nice surprise. It's usually the other way around!

I Think We Know What You Mean...

The furious victim even contacted News Shopper to express her annoyance after being targeted at Croydon Road Recreation Ground.
"Children as young as eight had ran and snatched my bag on a lovely hot day with tonnes of children enjoying the day," she wrote.
The woman left her name but preferred not to be credited for her story. She said she found one of the little culprits who "admitted it was in the bush".
"I got my bag back but unfortunately the phone was gone. The children were of Irish kind and had no supervising adult."
Police have issued a Photofit:

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Tweet Of The Month

Another draw!





Post Title Of The Month

Tom Paine's continuing series of travelogues leads the polls this month:


While Tim Newman chases him to a photo finish with this article on the attack on Andy Ngo by Antifa thugs:


Quote Of The Month

AlJahom in fine fettle as Boris takes centre stage:
"It is beyond scientific dispute that sea levels rises over recent years can be entirely attributed to the tsunami of lefty tears. I see no prospect of new development money being attracted to anywhere coastal anytime soon.
We get one of these days only once in a while, and it would be foolish not to enjoy it.
It would take a million monkeys with a million facebooks to sift and curate the best of the tsunami of pant-wetting that’s occuring right now. I’ll look forward to those with the time and money to do so bringing their best work."

Post Of The Month

It's another draw. LegIron on the last days of Teresa's undistinguished career, and Longrider on the press mishandling of the rail deaths.

Here's A Thought: Why Don't You Inform The Employer?

A nurse who attempted to inject a patient with unsterilised water has been struck off.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said the decision was made to “protect the public” as there was a “real risk of patient harm”.
I assume they mean 'more so than usual' in the NHS..?
Benjamin Ohisemuzaimen Isaiah was an agency staff member at the Critical Care unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
Ah. One of those 'skilled immigrants' we can't do without, I suppose?
While working in 2014, Mr Isaiah was found to have drawn up unsterilised water into a syringe before attempting to inject into a patient’s catheter.
It also found that during a night shift on May 14 of that year, he failed to write any nursing notes for a patient.
The day after, Mr Isaiah made a catalogue of errors while treating another patient in the unit.
During the treatment, the committee found he failed to carry out adequate blood sugar level checks, did not record the patient had a “hypo” on the nursing plan, and failed to turn off the patient’s insulin infusion without intervention from a colleague.
/facepalm
The blunders led to an investigation by the NMC. It was found that Mr Isaiah failed to inform an employer about this investigation.
Why should you rely on the nurse under investigation to do that? They have a clear reason not to!

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

The Steaks Are Getting Higher...

A serial meat thief is targeting Canvey’s Iceland - and threatening to stab staff if they stop him.
Hundreds of pounds of luxury meat has been stolen from the shop, in Furtherwick Road, which has been hit three times in four days.
The shop has released CCTV images of a man they believe can help police with the ongoing investigation into the incidents.
What's the market for this? Who buys meat from a guy in the pub?
Store manager Dave Sturdy said “He must be taking £100 worth of meat, all luxury meat, each time.
“He is coming into the shop, filling up the basket and then just walks out.
“He walks by the cashier and says ‘don’t follow me or I will stab you, I have a knife’.
“It is the audacity of it all, just to be so calm.
“He calmly fills his basket, walks out, and then sprints up High Street.
“It is hard.
“We have reported every incident to the police.”
“We are doing all we can but there is not a huge amount we can do.”
 Well, no. That's what we pay the police for, isn't it? What are they doing?
A spokesman for Essex Police asked for anyone who recognises the man to come forward.
Ah. Sod all. Can't even organise a steakout at the local Iceland....

Headline Should Read: "Attention-Seeker Gets It, Doesn't Like It"...


...since the award, she said: “I have received a lot of explicit messages from men who seem to be under the impression that I hate all men.
“This couldn’t be further from the truth frankly”.
I tweet a lot about dangerous dogs. This might give you the impression I want dangerous dogs dealt with severely, but this couldn't be further* from the truth...
She said was inspired by her own experiences of “manspreading” and other women’s stories of sexism.
She said she was also inspired by the “The Everyday Sexism Project”, founded by Laura Bates, which collects women’s daily experiences of gender inequality.
Of course she was...

* is actually accurate

Monday, 29 July 2019

"This is a good example of why the public have lost complete faith in the police..."

'The driver either had something wrong with him or didn't want to blow into the breathalyser, and after several attempts the PC decided to give up.'
They added: 'When I asked about him having to have a blood test, I was told by the PC that there was no point, as the driver was from Holland and would be shortly returning there.'
WTAF..?
'Incidentally the elderly lady driver of the car that avoided the worst of the crash was breathalysed by the PC, but she was a law-abiding local lady- obviously she had not been drinking, but we will never know about the Dutchman.'
Oh, of course! Low hanging fruit is always picked by the lazy....
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: 'An officer responded to a collision in Bracklesham Bay which was reported at 10.35am on Tuesday, where a Toyota car, with Dutch registration, had collided with a wall and parked cars.
'The cause of the collision was assessed as being a mechanical fault with the accelerator of the vehicle.'
Wow! The cop had a certified forensic mechanic along with him! How handy.
'It was established that for medical reasons the driver of that vehicle was not able to give a specimen of breath.'
And a doctor too! It's amazing they could all fit in the police car, isn't it?
'There was no reason to suspect that the driver was unfit to drive through drink or drugs and his arrest, in order to obtain a sample of blood, was not therefore justified.'
Apart from the fact he crashed into parked cars and a wall, but hey, what do I know, I'm no detective, clearly..?

They Probably Didn't....


...it being too much like hard work.
His wife Susan say she has "lost all faith in the police" after the response. But Northumbria Police insist "enquiries are ongoing" and say officers continue to liaise with those involved.
No, only with the injured party, and then, only after being shamed into it by the bad publicity...
The attack itself left the 58-year-old electrical supervisor needing surgery to the fractures in his hand and forced to spend three weeks off work.
He immediately rang 999 to report the alleged crime, but had to end his call to rush to the hospital.
On Thursday July 11, an officer called him to take a statement and Raymond offered details of nearby locations of CCTV.
Which met with a 'Meh! Too much like hard work!' response...
"He never came to the house, it was just over the phone, and he said 'we don't normally bother with dog-on-dog attacks' - I said, 'excuse me, it's not just a dog-on-dog attack'.
He said he didn't think they would have time to go looking for CCTV," he said.
They always have time. Time is all they do have!
Raymond claims he was left feeling the police officer - who told him it would be hard to prove the incident had taken place but agreed that because of his injuries an investigation would take place - "did not seem to want to know".
Then he's a lazy bastard who should be dismissed from the farce. 

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Forgot The Bit About 'Render Unto Caesar', Did You,,,?

For me, then, the health of a just society is measured by the way it treats the poorest, those on the edge of things. That’s why I support the mayor of Liverpool, his colleagues and 10 other councils across the country who are refusing to share sensitive personal data on non-UK rough sleepers with the Home Office.
That's the Bishop of Liverpool, suggesting it's right to take a line of non-co-operation with the state.
I believe that no undocumented person will accept help from homelessness outreach workers if by doing so their details will be shared with officials who want to deport them. This is not a negligible risk. In the Home Office’s own words: “The service is not an enforcement approach, but action may be considered on a case-by-case basis.”
That's what we have a Home Office for - to ensure that those not entitled to be here aren't, for long.
I have a vision for this country – one shared by many others – that has no room for the hostile environment. This is rooted in my faith as a Christian, and in the long traditions of our country as a place of welcome and care for the displaced, traditions enshrined in the NHS, of care for all, of the pursuit of lawful justice certainly. 
That'll be the NHS that's being bled dry by people not entitled to its help? And the lawful justice that says if you want to live here there's a way to do so legally?

I guess religion really does rot the brain, after enough exposure...

I Don't Know Why You're Addressing The Readers, Ceri...



...it's your fellow columnists you should be addressing. They did as much as anyone to lay the groundwork for this disaster:
There were places to start an inquiry that might have seemed obvious: the alleged murder of a boy – a schoolfriend of Beech’s named Scott – which Beech claimed had taken place in plain sight on a public road at a busy time; or talking to Beech’s wife of many years. For months, the police failed to investigate either. The Panorama team was astonished to find we were ahead of the police in contacting both Scott and Dawn Beech.
At this point, who on earth would ever be 'astonished' to find themselves ahead of our politicised, no-longer-fit-for-purpose (sorry, Jacob!), hopelessly inept police farce?
In the case of Scott and the school records, no deep intrusion into Carl Beech’s life would have been needed to corroborate or disprove his story. There would have been no serious risk of victim shaming. But by now the police were operating from a different playbook, one that relied on publicity rather than diligence to encourage witnesses to come forward. It had worked in Operation Yewtree, the investigation into high-profile sexual offences by Savile and others.
Maybe, Ceri, when you've finished basking in the warm glow of having pointed out the elephant trap that everyone else had remarked on while it was being built, you might like to put your researchers to work on Yewtree as well.

Because if you think Operation Midland was a joke, boy, have I got news for you!
If you worry about one consequence of Operation Midland, it should be this: it put the public in danger. Carl Beech, a paedophile and a risk to children, remained at large for years longer than necessary because the police failed to investigate him fully.
And the people in charge of the police failed to hold them to account, in fact, positively encouraged them to charge down this path.

And what did they get for it? Not a great deal. It hasn't markedly harmed their political careers. Even the ones who chose poorly

So don't just blame the police. Point the accusing finger at the puppetmasters, not the puppet.

Friday, 26 July 2019

I'll Tell You What's 'Unjust', Your Honour...

...it's that this probably isn't grounds for immediate deportation:
Shofi, an asylum seeker who needed a Bengali interpreter for the court hearing, said: “You are not police. You can’t make me do this.”
He then drew out the kitchen knife and threatened: “I will stab you,” and held it towards the Travel Safe Officer’s face.
The officer called 999 and the police arrived to find Shofi holding the knife by his side on the platform.
Not, as you might expect, armed officers. Just Taser. Which they didn't use until they had to:
The police struck Shofi on the hand with a baton but he continued to keep hold of the weapon. When he moved closer to an officer, he was Tasered.
Any other country's police would have used real ammo. And removed this problem for good.
Judge David Hatton QC said the Travel Safe Officer was distressed and alarmed by the experience.
Parliament had dictated that Shofi should be jailed for at least six months for the offence unless it was “unjust” to do so.
You surely can't think...?
Judge Hatton said it was an isolated incident, wholly out if character, from a man with no previous convictions.
In this country. What do you know about what he's done in his home country?
A psychiatrist had concluded that Shofi was vulnerable with a history of mental illness and the judge said it would be unjust to impose an immediate prison term.
/facepalm

I Thought Begging Letters Were Frowned On..?

Concerned Bromley headteachers have banded together to write to parents over significant concerns with...
 The appalling behaviour of the children they are expected to teach?
...schools funding.
Oh. Of course.
More than a dozen secondary heads sent the letter home yesterday outlining worries over a lack of investment, budget cuts and classroom sizes.
According to the letter, heads “felt it necessary to demonstrate that these issues are not unique to any one school”.
There's more than a dozen schools in Bromley, though. I guess it isn't an issue for the others?
The letter said: “As we commit to the campaign for improved levels of funding for our schools and pupils, we feel fortunate that we are so strongly supported by parent and carers.
“We know that a number of parents have made representations to their local MP, to the Department for Education and wider government.”
So you're basically asking parents to lobby the authorities?
The Department for Education has said previously that school funding is at its “highest ever level, rising from almost £4bn in 2017 to £43bn by 2020.”
Hmmm. Where's the money going, then?

Maybe the comments will shed some light:

Ah. 

Thursday, 25 July 2019

I Pity The Goldfish...

Former magistrate Melvyn Hall, 71, said the dog had been ‘getting on his nerves’ because she kept ‘following him around’, the RSPCA said.
So of course, he hit his 'beloved pet' over the head with a hammer, strangled it, then dumped it in the nearby river. As you do.
Appearing at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, the former NHS worker from Ashfield Mews in Wallsend was handed an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, after admitting two counts of causing unnecessary suffering under the Animal Welfare Act.
Former magistrate AND former NHS worker, eh?
It also said he was given a lifetime disqualification on owning all animals other than goldfish, and told to pay £1,000 in court costs.
Why the bizarre exemption for fish?

Plod Are At It Again...

Customers leaving Aldi were told to stay in their cars and off their phones by the police during an incident on Saturday, according to one "panicked" shopper.
Shortly after 5pm, the store in Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham was descended on by police.
Police who had clearly forgotten all those warnings about what they are and aren't allowed to ask citizens to do.
The lady added that "some people were trying to take photos and were told no photos and to put phones away".
To which the answer should have been "Under what laws, officer?" They would have been stuck then.

Unless this was a terrorist incident. Was it?
Police said the incident wasn't related to the store at all but was the apprehension of suspected shed burglar.
There you go then. Just more evidence that, given the slightest opportunity, the police will abuse their authority. This attitude must start at the very top.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

What Do You Mean, 'If'...?

Ronnie Tretton, 34, appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Friday where he admitted burglary after he stole a gold watch worth £880 from a house in Woodside, Leigh, on May 23.
With this latest incident, Tretton now has 100 offences from 38 convictions, dating all the way back 24 years to his first offence in 1995 when he was just ten-years-old.
Well, with a record like that, at least he's going straight to j...
Judge Samantha Leigh...
Oh. Bugger!
...stated that Tretton’s victim had been left shaken by the incident and that they were now feeling vulnerable in their own home after someone had trespassed.
Yet Judge Leigh chose to defer the sentencing hearing and allow Tretton out on conditional bail, meaning he must not go near Woodside, Leigh.
Until then he must obey the terms of his licence conditions.
Yeah, what are the odds he won't, eh?
Judge Samantha Leigh gave Tretton a warning that if he reverts to his old ways whilst on bail he could face time in prison once again.
Errr, I think the 'if' is redundant. Like you should be.
“We will come back on September 27.
“If you have fully complied with the terms of your licence I will hand out another sentence, but if you haven’t, and you have strayed back into your old ways I will not.
Place your bets!

Yes, It's Always 'Serious' When It's You...

Cops raced to the scene in Shadepark Gardens around 4.10am this morning after being called by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
On arrival, cops found an injured woman in the flat, having been bitten by dogs. Four officers were attacked by three canines at the property with a fifth allegedly being punched in the face.
Presumably not by a dog?
Police Scotland are probing the incident 'with the utmost seriousness'.
Of course they are. When it's a member of the public, of course, it's *shrug*....

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Rehabilitation?

What rehabilitation?
Brandon Jameson was stopped by security at the entrance to the "family friendly" Stewart Park event at the weekend where the blade was found in his tracksuit bottoms.
The 20-year-old was one was one of seven teenagers locked up in June 2016 for the mob killing of defenceless car valeter Mr Tunney , 24, in Norton.
Not 'locked up' for long enough, clearly...
Jameson wasn't named at the time of Mr Tunney's death due to his age - but a legal order preventing his identification expired when he turned 18.
Since appearing at Teesside Magistrates' Court on Monday for this latest offence, Jameson can now be named.
What prompted them to search him?
Justices heard that security initially suspected Jameson had alcohol in his possession at the Marton park event, so searched him about 8.45pm last Friday, prosecutor Emma Cruickshank said.
Security then spotted a "shining object" in his tracksuit pocket which was revealed to be a large blade.
Ms Cruickshank said his behaviour "deteriorated" when the knife was spotted and he became aggressive towards the event staff.
I hope they adjusted his attitude for him. Prison clearly didn't.
The judge, Mr Justice Andrew Smith commended the police officers in the case for their work.
He says reporting restrictions will remain in the cases of the 17-year-old and 16-year-old defendants, meaning they still cannot be named under a court order.
He says the welfare of the two teenagers outweighs the public interest in naming the youngsters.
What does he think now, I wonder?

Yes, I'm Sure It Was 'Allergy Concerns'....

'When I eventually spoke to him I told him what had happened, and asked if he was aware of the Disability Act 2010.
'He said he had not thought about it. I told him I would be taking it forward as staff need to receive awareness training to avoid situations like this happening again.'
There are pygmies living in the remote parts of the Amazon who are probably aware that assistance dogs are exempt. Where do people find these staff?
Phil Mehrtens, general manager at The Fleece says that dogs are not allowed in that area of the restaurant, because there are some people with allergies.
'There is one particular section which we don't allow dogs in because there are some people with allergies and others who really don't like dogs.'
'Others', eh..?
'But this has never been an issue previously because there are so many different spaces within our inn and it's exactly the same menu and service standards on offer.
'We have amended some of our operations so that this doesn't happen again, and invited her back so she could have a much more positive stay.'
Why would she want to ever step foot in such a place ever again? If you employ staff that thick, who's to say they aren't confusing gravy browning with coffee or salt with sugar?

Monday, 22 July 2019

No, Love, I Think You Spelled 'Jeans' Wrong...

“I get very emotional now, even 18 months down the line - the slightest thing makes me burst into tears.”
Those are the words of Debra - she has asked us not to use her surname - who considers herself the victim of ‘fat-shaming.’
By unkind passers by? Well, no.
She is one of three people in as many years to lodge a complaint with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust after a consultant told her: “The only surgery I would book for you is bariatric (weight reduction) surgery or you’ll end up housebound and lifted out the window at the end.
Nice bedside manner, doc! But at least you aren't forced into a grovelling apology:
Debra from Mangravet in Maidstone, said: “I had a letter from the complaint investigation team saying he never meant to cause me any upset but ‘I needed to be told’ - that is not an apology.”
No, it isn't. Makes a nice change.
“He just assumed I eat too much, but actually I eat quite healthily. I live off salads and vegetables. I’ve always been big. It’s something in my genes.”
Your fat backside..?

"I told the policeman I thought dogs were trained..."

Her neighbour, who claimed to witness the attack, told Shirley what she had seen. "She said she saw my cat walking around the corner and a big dog, different to the one I saw, followed her.
"My cat was looking back at this dog and didn’t know whether to run.
"The dog literally attacked, and she said it was horrific to watch. The policeman was not far behind and the dog wasn’t on a lead.
"He dropped the cat when the policeman called him back."
 The lying cops didn't tell the distraught owner the full story:
It was 6.30am when an officer knocked on her door.
"He asked me whether I owned a black and white cat and that he was sorry but that his colleague's dog attacked it.
"I was horrified and very quiet because I think I was in shock. They said there was a bit of blood on its tail so they brought it to the vets."
In fact, it had multiple bite wounds and collapsed lungs. Injuries that should have been obviously far more serious than 'a bit of blood on its tail'.
She has made an official complaint to the Met Police after allegedly being told by an officer that the dog "didn't like cats".
What the hell is a dog that's known to be a danger to other animals doing being unleashed in an urban area crawling with other people's pets? Why is it even still a police dog?
Spangle’s vet bills came to £8,000, which Shirley said the police are thankfully covering.
No, Shirley, you're covering them. You, and every other taxpayer. Where do you think the police get the money in the first place?
A police spokesman said the matter was being investigated and alleged dog bits (sic) are taken "very seriously".
The dog should be destroyed, and the handler reduced to counting knives in the evidence locker for the next ten years.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Getting A Bit Informal...


...or is the 'York Press' just hiring anyone off the streets to caption their report now?

Is...Is It Like The 'Spork'..?



Some unholy cross between 'shorts' and 'skirts', perhaps? Enquiring minds want to know, ASDA!

Sunday Funnies...

If technology is the answer, maybe we are asking the wrong question?

Saturday, 20 July 2019

U OK Hun...?


It is believed the cyber criminals got access to the Met's 'MyNewsdesk' application, which automatically pushes messages out across email and their twitter feeds.
You'd have to have a heart of stone, wouldn't you? But wait, it seems outsourcing was the real issue!
In a statement issued some two hours after the hack, Scotland Yard said: 'The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content. When a story is published via MyNewsDesk, it appears on the Met’s website and Twitter accounts and generates an email to those who’ve subscribed to receive our news updates.
'While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk.
What, you changed it from 'Pa$$word' to something else...?
'At this stage, we are confident the only security issue relates to access to our MyNewsDesk account.
'There has been no "hack" of the Met Police’s own IT infrastructure.
'We are assessing to establish what criminal offences have been committed.'
Don't you know...?

Well, It Shouldn't Have Been...

Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Wessell from West Mercia Police said: "PD Ivy's death was a shock to us all, in particular for those who were with her that day, all of whom remain deeply affected by it."
Why would it be a shock that leaving a dog unattended in a car on a hot day can result in its death? It's not like it hasn't happened before...
"We accept that PD Ivy should not have died as a result of heatstroke and we have learned this very harsh lesson in the worst possible way.
"We have therefore taken on board everything that the review has identified."
What a pity you didn't take on all the other lessons that other forces have leaned the hard way. Or maybe just listen to the advice you arrogantly dish out to the public?


Pity they just churn this stuff out, not actually read it...

Friday, 19 July 2019

Wait, What...?

An IT worker caught in a paedophile hunter sting has been spared jail after a judge heard...
Some pathetic sob story about caring for an elderly parent, I suppose.
...his partner is due to give birth to their child any day.
Ummm...?
Denys Terebenets, 27, wept in the dock as he was handed a three year community order and allowed to walk free despite admitting a raft of child sex charges.
FFS! It's not as if he's going to be needed in the child's life, is it? The mother isn't as gullible as m'learned friend:
Ben Knight, defending, told Minshull Street Crown Court ... that Terebenets and his partner are no longer living in the same property, and that 'social services are involved'.
Good for her.
Sentencing, Judge John Edwards said he had been convinced by the mitigation put forward by Terebenets defence team and agreed with a probation report which recommended his risk to society was best managed in the community.
"These organisations deploy decoys to ensnare individuals such as you," he told Terebenets.
"That fact remains indulged yourself with two people whom you believed at some stage were children in the most sickening and perverted conversations.
"I hoe (sic) you appreciate the harm that cases such as these involve - you are feeding a burgeoning market.
"You could have no complaint if I passed a deterrent sentence.
"But Mr Knight has persuaded me that the public is best served if I put you on a rehabilitation course."
The public would be best served if you put him on a plane back to wherever he came from...

Arms Race

A young mother was shot with a Taser in the street in front of shocked schoolchildren.
Bloody trigger happy police...

Wait.
The disturbance broke out in front of shocked onlookers which included schoolchildren from St Nicholas School and the nearby Hamstel Junior School.
The young woman, who lives in Southend, was allegedly chased by two attackers, who she also claims were armed with a cosh, before they then fired a Taser at her. The incident took place near to the Premier Store at the corner of Sherwood Way.
Lovely! Chavs have Taser now. Superb.
Describing the incident on Facebook, the victim said: “Thankfully it was nothing too serious but there was talk of ammonia too.
“I got off lucky, as did my friends. I was helped so the only thing I have is a burn.
“I was actually petrified - I thought I was being chased with a knife.
“I would rather have an electric shock than a stab wound.
“Fortunately, I just have a couple of marks, some broken sandals and that is all.”
Seems a bit too nonchalant about assault, doesn't she?
Police were called and an investigation was launched to trace those involved. It is claimed the victim and her alleged attackers are known to each other and there is no wider threat to the public.
Officers have since arrested two individuals on firearms offences in connection with the incident.
How curious.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

"Smile, You're On Not-So-Candid Camera..."

A woman was bewildered when a waiter ordered her to take off her sun hat on a blisteringly hot day.
She was sitting in a pub garden on Saturday when she was told by staff that she must remove her hat so she could be seen by CCTV.
I'm assuming he meant only 'briefly', rather than 'for the duration of your stay'..?
Shortly afterwards the perplexed pub-goer messaged Sussex Police to see if the venue was within its rights to do so.
A Sussex Police spokesman said the force has “no policy for asking licensed premises to request that patrons remove headgear and would not involve themselves in enforcement of any such requirement in individual premises”.
But a Wetherspoon spokesman said it was necessary for pub staff to ask customers to remove all hats when visiting any of its UK venues.
They. of course, say that it's to assist the police:
Eddie Gershon, speaking for the pub chain, said: “ We apologise for the inconvenience caused to the lady.
“However, customers are asked to remove their hats in all of our pubs and outside spaces.
“The reason is that if there is an issue in our pubs and we need to hand over CCTV to the police, then they are able to clearly identify people.
“This is not able to be done if people are wearing hats.”
Or burkhas. Luckily, you won't get people wearing those in a pub. Though it might be fun to see what they'd do if someone did walk in with one...
The spokesman also added that if a customer has a specific reason for wanting to keep their hat on, either for religious or health reasons, they are not made to remove it, just asked to look at the camera momentarily.
Hmmm.