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Where Did That Come From?

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon on the 12th September 2018 at 20:33 - Posted in Police Blogs

Bad dream last night. It came from out of the old filing system. I half re-lived the time I came within a gnats whisker of shooting a young chap who, as things planned out, was unarmed. We both dodged a bullet that morning. I wrote it up under the title “The Judas Kiss in the Garden.....” Wonder what rattled that file? Perhaps I shouldn’t have watched “Bodyguard’ on the iPlayer? That’ll teach me.

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Chatham House Rules - plus The New Royal Engagement

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon on the 01st December 2017 at 12:11 - Posted in Police Blogs

I was up the smoke last week to the annual reunion of the survivors of my old Metropolitan Police station, Cannon Row, closed down in the 80's. It used to stand within the complex on the Victoria Embankment known as "New Scotland Yard" which was the HQ of the Metropolitan Police.  That place then moved to Broadway, off Victoria Street in the late 60's to a brand new building they called....."New Scotland Yard". Well the new New Scotland Yard got crumbly and crusty (like some of its occupants)...
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Empires

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon on the 06th September 2017 at 10:09 - Posted in Police Blogs

http://news.sky.com/story/boy-aged-14-dies-after-being-shot-in-newham-east-london-11022654 My grandmother used to live in Forest Gate. When I was nine years old I rode my little bike the two miles from my home to visit her. Mum was cross as it was a spur of the moment thing and I hadn't asked her permission. She would probably have allowed me. Mums did that sort of thing in those days. This shooting was just past Wanstead Park tube station. We'll be passing through there on the tube tomorrow...
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Fake News, Fake Drama

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon on the 28th April 2017 at 13:20 - Posted in Police Blogs

"`Guerrilla` on Sky Atlantic is a serious contender for best TV drama of 2017" ...so says a headline on `Digital Spy`. Really? I've just sat through the first episode and have to say, as one who was a police officer living and working at the time and in the areas portrayed, I recognised very little, apart from a few Triumph Heralds and Ford Cortina's. Actors portraying uniformed police officers were wearing helmets that would have been more suited to the London Fire Brigade, with chinstraps*...
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"It's a very expensive option" (but it's not about cost, surely?)

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon on the 14th January 2016 at 12:17 - Posted in Police Blogs

......and to put this into some sort of perspective, 600 officers represents about half the entire police establishment of the Dyfed-Powys police force.

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Ordeal by duty - Trial by Jury

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon on the 03rd July 2015 at 16:38 - Posted in Police Blogs

  BBC online News: Met Police officer Anthony Long cleared of Azelle Rodney murder I think this calls for The Bard:  "But soft, what glint through yonder carboot breaks? It is the east, and firearm is in the sun. Arise, fair sidearm, and kill the envious perp, Who is already sick and pale with grief That I, Met Pol, art far more skilled than he." (Hat tipped to my friend, David Kenneth Ellis, for the Shakespearean form)

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Killing Sprees at home and abroad

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon on the 02nd July 2015 at 7:33 - Posted in Police Blogs

The Met's ct exercise appeared to go well. They picked a lovely day for it. Always good to do, these exercises. Outside London it's worth remembering previous experiences. Eg. Michael Ryan (Hungerford), killed 16 people and injured a further 15 at random in under an hour, including the first police officer on scene. With that rifle, if he could see you he could hit you. A neighbour just asked me about police response times to such incidents and if there were sufficient officers. I said...
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Waterloo, June 1815

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon on the 17th June 2015 at 7:52 - Posted in Police Blogs

"The nearest run thing". Waterloo, June 1815 "....I should not do justice to my own feelings, or to Marshal Blucher and the Prussian Army, if I did not attribute the successful result of this arduous day to the cordial and timely assistance I received from them...." (from Wellington's campaign dispatch). "....You'll see the account of our desperate battle and victory over Boney!! It was the most desperate business I was ever in; I never took so much trouble over any battle; and never...
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A Biker's Tale - a `Police` biker's tale

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon on the 11th June 2015 at 15:47 - Posted in Police Blogs

Reproduced courtesy of an old pal: Hampshire motorcycle traffic policeman Nick Barman was rushing to the scene of an accident when he was knocked off his bike at more than 100mph. He was thrown an incredible 300ft across two carriageways and was left crumpled in a heap, fighting for his life. Paramedics stopped working on the biker they were at the scene for and immediately attended to Barman, a traffic officer with nine years’ experience, in a desperate bid to save his life. Here, in his own...
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First post on `policing` in ages

Written by RSS Poster Hogdayafternoon on the 11th June 2015 at 9:55 - Posted in Police Blogs

I haven't put fingers to keypad for a long time. I guess it was a mix of apathy and distractions in other forms of social media that took me away. I don't know if I'll take up regular posts over here again or not, but a friend of mine posted a link to this yesterday and I felt it worthy of re-posting here. It is by someone who is a `Borough commander` in the Met., which probably makes him a superintendent. It's not often you see an officer of this rank blogging. I haven't checked him out but what...
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