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Chains

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe on the 20th October 2018 at 16:01 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

We’re sent to the courthouse where a marshal takes us back to a holding cell. A thin bearded man with cuffs around his wrists and his legs chained is bent over in the bare cell, grimacing. “Guess he got nervous about seeing the judge,” the marshal says to us, “Developed himself some back pain.” “I’ve had back pain all day,” the man says. “And I’m not ducking anything. I’m in here for panhandling for Christ sakes! I can’t fucking sit up.” “You didn’t tell that to the
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Homicide rate in England and Wales highest since 2008

Written by RSS Poster Old Plod on the 19th October 2018 at 12:11 - Posted in Police Blogs

 Police at the scene of a shooting in north London in April. There were 719 homicides in the year to June. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA  The murder and manslaughter rate in England and Wales has risen to the highest in a decade, official figures show.There were 719 homicides – murder and manslaughter – in the year to June, a 14% increase from 630 in the previous year excluding exceptional incidents in 2017 such as the terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, the Office
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Obituary

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe on the 19th October 2018 at 3:05 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I had three people tell me to read this obituary a woman wrote about her sister who died at thirty-two after a long struggle with addiction. Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018 Powerful.   While I am most moved by the first part that describes Madelyn and shows the clear love of her family for her, I am excerpting the end below because it contains a message for us as health care professionals. If you yourself are struggling from addiction, know that every breath is a fresh start. Know that hundreds
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POLICE & LAW SOCIETY IN JOINT TIRADE AGAINST GOVERNMENT

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 18th October 2018 at 14:20 - Posted in Police Blogs

It seems that the Law Society and senior police officials are getting together to spread the word that  falling numbers of crown court prosecutions are not some statistical accident or an indication that society is becoming more observant of the law. No; the numbers are indicative of fewer police to catch the miscreants in the first place and fewer police to process the cases for the CPS which is not itself directly criticised but as those in the legal world know only too well that organisation
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The Cellar House of Pervyse - Chapter 5 - On The Road

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 18th October 2018 at 7:59 - Posted in Military Blogs

'The Cellar-House of Pervyse'A Tale of Uncommon Things from The Journals and Letters of the Baroness t'Serclaes and Mairi ChisholmA Story of Two British Volunteer Nurses on the Yser Front Chapter V - On The RoadThere was no question about the amount of work waiting to be done at Furnes. Calls from Dixmude, where hot fighting was going on, were incessant, and the ambulances were kept hard at it. Dixmude is about eight miles south-east of Furnes as the crow flies, but much more by road; and the way
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Wirral man prosecuted after dangerously storing 33kg of display fireworks in pub cellar

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News on the 16th October 2018 at 1:00 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Wirral man prosecuted after dangerously storing 33kg of display fireworks in pub cellar

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Operation Clean Sweep to tackle anti-social behaviour in Hendon

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 15th October 2018 at 17:13 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), Northumbria Police, Sunderland City Council and housing provider Gentoo are working together to address anti-social behaviour in the Hendon area of Sunderland. On Monday 15th October, representatives launched the two-day initiative – Operation Clean Sweep - at 'Back on the Map' in Hendon, with the aim of preventing deliberate fires and to educate local businesses on arson prevention. In addition TWFRS will have firefighters, prevention and education
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The Cellar House of Pervyse - Chapter 4 - The Retreat

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 15th October 2018 at 15:13 - Posted in Military Blogs

'The Cellar-House of Pervyse'A Tale of Uncommon Things from The Journals and Letters of the Baroness t'Serclaes and Mairi ChisholmA Story of Two British Volunteer Nurses on the Yser Front Chapter IV - The RetreatBut Ghent did not long remain a refuge; well before the middle of the month earnest warnings to evacuate it were given. The way in which the final summons came was dramatic. Mairi was in bed, sleeping with her usual heart-whole earnestness, when she was awakened suddenly, and saw standing
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THIS JUDGE IS A BULLY

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 15th October 2018 at 14:07 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have opined in the past that Justices of the Peace seem to be more harshly treated for alleged transgressions than members of the professional judiciary. The recent case of a judge threatening to jail a 14 year old child if she cried in court whilst her mother was giving evidence is a case in point. HH has been criticised by the Court of Appeal. Such flagrant bullying of a minor should not be concluded with just a rap across the legal knuckles. He should be charged with misconduct. If it were
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MAGISTRATES` MINIMUM AGE ON TWITTER POLL

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 13th October 2018 at 11:50 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have recently had a dispute on Twitter on the worthiness of young magistrates cf their older counterparts. Whilst a fresh pair of eyes looking at a situation cannot be criticised, as a reason for having a minimum age of 18 it does not hold water. Barely out of school and with, according to latest science, a still not fully developed brain, it is unlikely that at such an age justice can be dispensed with maturity, wisdom and unfettered by personal considerations.  This argument can of course
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MAGISTRACY BEING KILLED OFF

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 12th October 2018 at 11:25 - Posted in Police Blogs

I am increasingly convinced that the selection process for magistrates is flawed. During my time on the bench it was common knowledge that there were perhaps 5%-10% of colleagues who were not intellectually or otherwise of a standard comparable with the job. Sanctions were rarely applied. Already this month four magistrates have been before the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office.  Of these two have been removed from the magistracy owing to their failure to commit to the minimum number of
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The Cellar House of Pervyse - Chapter 3 - The Field of Mercy

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 10th October 2018 at 19:30 - Posted in Military Blogs

'The Cellar-House of Pervyse'A Tale of Uncommon Things from The Journals and Letters of the Baroness t'Serclaes and Mairi ChisholmA Story of Two British Volunteer Nurses on the Yser Front Chapter III - The Field Of MercyIn the midst of this whirlpool of madness and misery Melle was inhabited. There were old men and women and children whose homes were in those shot-torn houses, and they had cowered there while the shells hurtled overhead and the piercing bullets flew like arrows. After this fearful
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COURT ESCAPES

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 10th October 2018 at 11:54 - Posted in Police Blogs

During my time as an active JP I was not personally in a court from which a defendant had escaped although there were a couple of such episodes in an adjoining courtroom.  In my very early days there usually was a uniformed police officer in the remand court and others in the vicinity as witnesses to one case or another.  That level of security tailed off in the late nineties. Some docks were secure particularly in the remand courts but others presented no barrier to a determined miscreant
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The Cellar Hose of Pervyse - Chapter 2 - In the Thick of Battle

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 09th October 2018 at 19:30 - Posted in Military Blogs

'The Cellar-House of Pervyse'A Tale of Uncommon Things from The Journals and Letters of the Baroness t'Serclaes and Mairi ChisholmA Story of Two British Volunteer Nurses on the Yser FrontChapter II - In the Thick of a BattleBy September 29, three days after they had arrived in Ghent, Gipsy's vital energy had got too much for her, and she had to do something or explode; so she found a job in driving the car of the Belgian Colonel, whose own chauffeur had disappeared. She fell into this niche, which
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SHAME ON HIM!

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 09th October 2018 at 12:50 - Posted in Police Blogs

It is extremely risky and perhaps foolhardy to describe the actions of others in life and death situations when sitting safely at a keyboard.  I will take my chances. When people sign up for the armed forces or the fire or police service they know that they are likely to be in some physical danger at some time(s) in their career.  Those who are promoted to leadership roles must have indicated to their superiors that in addition to perhaps exhibiting rare skills of management or expertise
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