Category Archives: The Police Force

1st Time For Baton Rounds In London

It was reported on the lunchtime news (LBC 97.3fm) that the Met will be using baton rounds/rubber bullets at the student demo in town this week. So far I’ve been unable to find any other corroboration but I see no reason to doubt the report; LBC are usually pretty fast & accurate with their news reporting.

This will be the first time that a police force has used rubber bullets in mainland Britain and is a fairly momentous step. I guess it puts an end to policing by consent and “the public are the police and the police are the public”.

I’ll add to the post as and when I learn anything more.

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It looks like it’s Wednesday 9th – there’s also a protest by London’s cabbies in Trafalgar Square on the same day.
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And yet – Baton Rounds: Risks outweighed benefits
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4,000 Met police will be on duty to police an expected 10,000 students. It’s confirmed that baton rounds will be issued. So, there we have it. Policing by consent has flown out of the window in Britain.

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An article has now been posted on the LBC website.

Shame on the Northumbrian Police

This is what happens when police go for the easy targets and innocent people are stigmatised as a result:

Pair eliminated from enquiries

Just what do the police think the ordeal of being arrested on suspicion of murder, finger-printed, questioned and detained, has done to this couple? The brother and sister were 84 and 78yrs-old respectively. Shame on the police.

The Shame Of The Northumbrian Police

This is what happens when police go for the easy targets and innocent people are stigmatised as a result:

Pair eliminated from enquiries

Just what do the police think the ordeal of being arrested on suspicion of murder, finger-printed, questioned and detained, has done to this couple? The brother and sister were 84 and 78yrs-old respectively. Shame on the police.

Only forty-two jailed

According to BBC News the Met Police have done a good job in catching more than 2,000 rioters/looters of whom 1,135 have been charged.

954 have already appeared in Court;
82 have been sentenced;
42 given a prison term;
57 unaccounted for in the system;
865 caught but not charged.

I assume from the figures that some are out on bail, rather than on remand, pending a Crown Court hearing. The Courts could be awaiting Reports from social workers and the like before sentencing and others escaped with only a Caution. Who knows what goes on in the minds of some of our ipsy-dipsy Magistrates and the CPS these days.

It’s time our Courts and the CPS did their job too and backed up the Police on something like this. It was, after all, widely acknowledged by government and politicians to be unprecedented – so let’s have some ‘unprecedented’ sentences.

Was this riot, arson and looting or a cheeky bit of opportunistic shoplifting and little boys playing with matches? 865 not charged seems to suggest the latter.

And where is Ken Clarke, by the way?

Only Forty-two Jailed

According to BBC News the Met Police have done a good job in catching more than 2,000 rioters/looters of whom 1,135 have been charged.

954 have already appeared in Court;
82 have been sentenced;
42 given a prison term;
57 unaccounted for in the system;
865 caught but not charged.

I assume from the figures that some are out on bail, rather than on remand, pending a Crown Court hearing. The Courts could be awaiting Reports from social workers and the like before sentencing and others escaped with only a Caution. Who knows what goes on in the minds of some of our ipsy-dipsy Magistrates and the CPS these days.

It’s time our Courts and the CPS did their job too and backed up the Police on something like this. It was, after all, widely acknowledged by government and politicians to be unprecedented – so let’s have some ‘unprecedented’ sentences.

Was this riot, arson and looting or a cheeky bit of opportunistic shoplifting and little boys playing with matches? 865 not charged seems to suggest the latter.

And where is Ken Clarke, by the way?

Of knees, jerks, fiddles and flames

As the song says: “Just around the corner, there’s a rainbow in the sky, so let’s have another cup of coffee, and let’s have another piece of pie.”
[See Calling England for the music]

The knees:
This has stirred a fair amount of reaction this morning: details of ‘prisoner processing strategy’ for Operation Withern have been released. It states that no-one arrested in or after the riots should be let off with a caution – regardless of the offence – and that everyone arrested should be held in custody, with a recommendation that bail should also be denied when the case first goes to court.

In fairness, I’m not sure this should go under Knees at all; it seems perfectly reasonable to me and I think it’s a bit much that looting is being treated the same as theft.

The jerks:
Prosecutors look likely to drop all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Any bets on how much money changed hands? DSK’s ‘support team’ were widely reported to be in Guinea within days of the allegation first being made, offering the maid’s dirt-poor family wads of cash to drop the charges.

There’s no fuele like an EU fuele. EU donates another 115m euros to the ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory’ for “state building”. “This support shows clearly the EU’s standing commitment to the two-state solution, by supporting those institutions which will help to form the Palestinian state.” Fuele was speaking in his capacity as EU Commissioner for Enlargement – just how big does the EU want to be? Wider still and wider shall her bounds be set.

Hot on the heels of the disclosure that roughly two-thirds of Council CEOs have awarded themselves pay rises comes the news that Norfolk CC has closed 300 youth projects. Not only that but:

“A notice on Norfolk Constabulary headed paper spells out the terms of a dispersal order: within the marked area, groups of two or more youngsters can be broken up by police not only if they have caused intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public but also if their behaviour is deemed likely to do so.”

Any list of jerks wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory mention of Health & Safety.  Marines previously in ‘conflict events’ with Somali pirates wanted to show a re-enactment at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo but that was before H&S stepped in:

A senior military source said: “Historic Scotland thought everything looked far too dangerous and the Marines were told to tone everything down. That included abseiling down the walls of the castle and the re-enactment of the fast roping on to the ‘captured’ ship. The Marines were also not permitted to shoot the pirates. Instead all the bad guys surrender. It is all a bit sad really. Seconded.

The fiddles:
Like everything else EU that’s been a proven failure the europratocracy just won’t let the zombie currency rest in peace.

Moody’s is warning that demands for collateral for Greek loans are unravelling the so-called rescue package. Merkel & Sarkozy can hold as many meetings as they wish and make as many self-satisfied announcements too but facts are facts. If the Greeks could afford the collateral they wouldn’t need the bail-outs; all they have left are their islands, cultural heritage and infrastructure and I can’t see them selling Crete or Kalavryta to the Germans. I doubt Papandreou would relish the thought of his political legacy being likened to, say, Tsolakoglou.

It’s time the taxpayer stopped funding Union activity within central and local government.  If employees want to support the Unions, let them do it with their own cash and not thieve from the public purse.

The flames:
After the back-slapping and celebrations Libya still has a long way to go and, as if things weren’t bad enough, after Buzek and van Rompuy & Barroso’s pronouncements, Cathy Ashton is also pushing the EU agenda.

No surprises that the list of jerks is the longest, though I seem to have lost a paragraph in fiddles to editing somewhere along the way. You can probably name your own topic and nature of fiddle and guess correctly what it was – perm any one from a hundred possibilities.

It’s absolutely tipping down with rain here but there’s still no sign of that rainbow.  Fortunately, I’ve got plenty of coffee and pie and I can afford to wait a while longer.

Of Knees, Jerks, Fiddles & Flames

As the song says: “Just around the corner, there’s a rainbow in the sky, so let’s have another cup of coffee, and let’s have another piece of pie.”

The knees:
This has stirred a fair amount of reaction this morning: details of ‘prisoner processing strategy’ for Operation Withern have been released. It states that no-one arrested in or after the riots should be let off with a caution – regardless of the offence – and that everyone arrested should be held in custody, with a recommendation that bail should also be denied when the case first goes to court.

In fairness, I’m not sure this should go under Knees at all; it seems perfectly reasonable to me and I think it’s a bit much that looting is being treated the same as theft.

The jerks:
Prosecutors look likely to drop all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Any bets on how much money changed hands? DSK’s ‘support team’ were widely reported to be in Guinea within days of the allegation first being made, offering the maid’s dirt-poor family wads of cash to drop the charges.

There’s no fuele like an EU fuele. EU donates another 115m euros to the ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory’ for “state building”. “This support shows clearly the EU’s standing commitment to the two-state solution, by supporting those institutions which will help to form the Palestinian state.” Stefan Fuele was speaking in his capacity as EU Commissioner for Enlargement – just how big does the EU want to be? Wider still and wider shall her bounds be set.

Hot on the heels of the disclosure that roughly two-thirds of Council CEOs have awarded themselves pay rises comes the news that Norfolk CC has closed 300 youth projects. Not only that but:

“A notice on Norfolk Constabulary headed paper spells out the terms of a dispersal order: within the marked area, groups of two or more youngsters can be broken up by police not only if they have caused intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public but also if their behaviour is deemed likely to do so.”

Any list of jerks wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory mention of Health & Safety.  Marines previously in ‘conflict events’ with Somali pirates wanted to show a re-enactment at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo but that was before H&S stepped in:

A senior military source said: “Historic Scotland thought everything looked far too dangerous and the Marines were told to tone everything down. That included abseiling down the walls of the castle and the re-enactment of the fast roping on to the ‘captured’ ship. The Marines were also not permitted to shoot the pirates. Instead all the bad guys surrender. It is all a bit sad really.

Seconded!

The fiddles:
Like everything else EU that’s been a proven failure the europratocracy just won’t let the zombie currency rest in peace.

Moody’s is warning that demands for collateral for Greek loans are unravelling the so-called rescue package. Merkel & Sarkozy can hold as many meetings as they wish and make as many self-satisfied announcements too but facts are facts. If the Greeks could afford the collateral they wouldn’t need the bail-outs; all they have left are their islands, cultural heritage and infrastructure and I can’t see them selling Crete or Kalavryta to the Germans. I doubt Papandreou would relish the thought of his political legacy being likened to that of, say, Tsolakoglou.

It’s time the taxpayer stopped funding Union activity within central and local government.  If employees want to support the Unions, let them do it with their own cash and not thieve from the public purse.

The flames:
After the back-slapping and celebrations Libya still has a long way to go and, as if things weren’t bad enough, after Buzek and van Rompuy & Barroso’s pronouncements, Cathy Ashton is also pushing the EU agenda.

No surprises that the list of jerks is the longest, though I seem to have lost a paragraph in fiddles to editing somewhere along the way. You can probably name your own topic and nature of fiddle and guess correctly what it was – perm any one from a hundred possibilities.

It’s absolutely tipping down with rain here but there’s still no sign of that rainbow.  Fortunately, I’ve got plenty of coffee and pie and I can afford to wait a while longer.