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DRIVING IN ALICE`S LEGAL WONDERLAND

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 15th November 2018 at 14:51 - Posted in Police Blogs

Imagine you are 15 years old and after much nagging your parent(s) have given in and bought you an electric scooter.  Unsurpassed joy from the child who sets off down the pavement in a quiet suburb only to be spotted by one of the very few police officers still on the beat.  The happy go lucky child is asked to identify himself and to produce his driving license. Calamity upon calamity; the officer on hearing that there is no driving license, takes the name and address of the suspected
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Plateau

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe on the 15th November 2018 at 1:40 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Plateau -(noun) “ a usually extensive land area having a relatively level surface raised sharply above adjacent land on at least one side.” Plateau-(verb)- to reach a level, period, or condition of stability or maximum attainment Merriam-Webster *** The United States Health Secretary announced recently that the opioid overdoses deaths appear to be plateauing across the country.  While some states have seen a decrease and others an increase, the overall numbers appear to have slowed after
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COURT REPORTING

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 12th November 2018 at 12:43 - Posted in Police Blogs

I have commented here previously and it is well known that there is a dearth of court reporting from the magistrates courts.  There are many reasons put forward for this; social media is a substitute for local reporting, local newspapers are in decline and those still publishing operate with reporting costs limited, new journalists are not well paid and court reports are generally served up by such novices in local press, public interest is lacking etc etc.  So three cheers for Grimsby
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Armistice Day 1918 - by an American Soldier.

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 11th November 2018 at 13:37 - Posted in Military Blogs

This article entitled 'War is Over' a Memoir by an American Soldier,“I was fully awake long before reveille, sleepy and unrefreshed, and when reveille came we received orders to move within two hours.Four of us and one N.C.O. were left behind to load a lorry. And then we too packed up and set out to follow the unit.Thinking to take a short cut across country, we ascended the hill-slope, jumping and clambering across shell-holes and striding through long grass An Australian soldier lay on a lom
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BAKERS AND BARRISTERS

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 09th November 2018 at 14:56 - Posted in Police Blogs

A few weeks ago a Belfast baker won his Supreme Court appeal against the lower courts` decisions that he had no legal right to refuse to bake a cake and decorate it with what he  claimed was a message with which he had fundamental disagreement. A few days ago a female Afghan barrister practising in this country was told by her instructing solicitor that his client did not want her to represent him in court but instead wanted a white male barrister to do the job. It will be interesting to see
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Firefighters deal with fewer incidents over Bonfire weekend

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 07th November 2018 at 9:49 - Posted in Fire Blogs

The total number of incidents dealt with by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service over the Bonfire weekend were down by 40% compared to 2017. Bonfire night itself saw our Control Room deal with 564 calls and since November 1 we handled 960 calls in total. TWFRS Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther said: “I'd like to thank our firefighters for their hard work and professionalism throughout the Bonfire weekend and in the weeks in the run up. They have continued to keep our communities safe – sometimes
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Unacceptable abuse of firefighters in Sunderland on Bonfire Night

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 06th November 2018 at 15:07 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Marley Park Firefighters were subjected to unacceptable levels of abuse while attending car fires in Southwick, Sunderland last night. Initially we were called out to a car fire at 17.22 yesterday afternoon at Greystone Place, where a car had been driven into a bonfire. However the crews were subjected to missiles and fireworks by a group of youths – aged between about 10 and 19 - who then attempted to barricade the fire engine into the street. Fortunately the crews were able to withdraw. However,
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Have your say on how we respond to incidents at our public consultation events

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 06th November 2018 at 13:41 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Following yesterday's Tyne and Wear Fire Authority meeting, the Fire Authority agreed to initiate a 10-week public consultation on three proposed changes to the Service's operational response to incidents. The consultation will run from Monday November 5th and conclude on Monday January 14th and the public are invited to attend five consultation events across the region. Wednesday 21 November Wallsend Memorial Hall People's Centre 6-7:30pm.Wallsend Memorial Hall People's Centre 10 Frank Street,
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LOOK BACK IN ANGUISH

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 06th November 2018 at 12:59 - Posted in Police Blogs

Earlier this morning I had reason to revisit the first post published on 19th November 2009 by The Justice of the Peace on a site now long since withdrawn from the internet. On the second anniversary of that first post I posted the following:-"Exactly two years ago today my first post appeared on this site. It was entitled CAUTION GIVEN AFTER A CONVICTION FOR A SIMILAR OFFENCE. That was 804 posts ago. With approaching seven thousand visitors monthly this blog is still miniscule in its numbers of
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Bonfire Night 2018: Crews attend fewer deliberate fires, but more dangerous bonfires, than last year

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News on the 06th November 2018 at 0:00 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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Fira Authority Agree Response Consultation

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 05th November 2018 at 14:22 - Posted in Fire Blogs

At today's Tyne and Wear Fire Authority meeting, the Fire Authority agreed to initiate a 10-week public consultation on three proposed changes to the Service's operational response to incidents. Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther commented: “To ensure we are a sustainable and flexible fire and rescue service, continuing to deliver an excellent service for our communities, our finite resources must be applied to where the greatest risks are in Tyne and Wear. That analysis has resulted in three
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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Response proposals to be discussed by Fire Authority

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 05th November 2018 at 14:19 - Posted in Fire Blogs

The future of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) operational response will be discussed by the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority at its meeting on Monday 5th November at 10.30am. Three proposals for change will be the basis of a 10-week public consultation, subject to the Fire Authority's approval, starting on the 5th November and running until 14th January 2019. The changes are driven by financial pressures butwill prepare the Service for a future that will involve meeting the challenges
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The Cellar House of Pervyse - Chapter 7 - A Hideous Nights Drive

Written by RSS Poster Out of battle on the 05th November 2018 at 8:52 - 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 VII - A Hideous Night DriveDixmude was in a terrible state, suffering from a blasting and withering shell-fire, yet there the ambulances went on, hearing that wounded men needed them. They did not stop short of the town itself this time, but went right in. "We worked there all day and all night." The streets
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Straight talking

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 02nd November 2018 at 9:36 - Posted in Police Blogs

I want to use this blog to ensure you get a clear view from me on where the force is. The last few weeks has seen a great deal going on nationally, and in force, and I want to help put this in context. The financial position of policing nationally is coming to a critical juncture. The National Audit Office (NAO) Report on Police Financial Sustainability 2018 largely says policing is showing the strain of austerity which is falling unevenly. As the graph shows, West Midlands Police has suffered disproportionately. The
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TO BE OR NOT TO BE A TOTTER

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 30th October 2018 at 11:25 - Posted in Police Blogs

I was retired from the bench three and a half years ago and many fundamentals at court have changed since then, some for the better but more for the worse. One aspect of sentencing which was made very clear to my bench more than once was that in the case of motoring offences where the option available was to immediately  disqualify or issue penalty points resulting in an offender being a totter and thus receiving a mandatory six months ban the correct and appropriate procedure was to issue the
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