Friday, 18 August 2017

Then Nick Them, Don’t Whine About It!

PC Ian Risden, from the Castle Point and Rochford community policing team, was one of the police officers who attended the scene.
Soon after the incident, he tweeted to say that abuse had been hurled in his and his team’s direction when dealing with the situation.
He tweeted: “My team and officers from Essex Police roads policing unit have been trying to deal with a crash with injuries this morning in Benfleet.
We have been subjected to abuse by a member of the public.
“This is not acceptable someone is injured and needs help.
“Disruption unavoidable.”
Is this what the police have come to? Is this what they use social media for? Whining that people were mean to them, like a teenage girl?

In Twitter Veritas...

One of the things about modern social media - best or worst things? you decide - is its immediacy gives you an insight into peoples' true thoughts:

Never mind the grocer's apostrophe, feel the assumption that all those other terror attacks by Islamic extremists had a kinda point, really...

Still, at least she's unelected. Unlike Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood:

Because when you hear there's been a murderous rampage in a van, the first thing that comes to mind is 'right wing terror'...

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Comparing Apples And Orangutans* Again

The ban has divided opinions in the country, particularly after it recently made headlines for animal welfare policy after Copenhagen Zoo slaughtered the “surplus” young male giraffe Marius.
Wait, what? What have those two things got to do with one another?
On Twitter, David Krikler (@davekriks) wrote: “In Denmark butchering a healthy giraffe in front of kids is cool but a kosher/halal chicken is illegal.”
Byakuya Ali-Hassan (@SirOthello) said it was “disgusting” that “the same country that slaughtered a giraffe in public to be fed to lions… is banning halal meat because of the procedures”.
Mogens Larsen (@Moq72), from Aalborg in Denmark, tweeted: “Denmark bans the religious slaughter of animals. Not even zoo lions are allowed a taste of halal giraffe.”
The humane slaughter of a giraffe - regardless of what they did with the carcass - is nothing to do with the barbaric practice of halal or kosher slaughter.

* No orangutans were ritually slaughtered in the creation of this post

Six Months Later....

Remember this case?
Councillors decided Tipple, in Queen’s Road, Brighton, should no longer have permission to sell alcohol as a result of the tax evasion.
But owner Koray Tatlidede challenged the decision in court – until yesterday when his appeal was rejected and the original ruling upheld.
And the bill increased:
Brighton magistrates instead ordered the 33-year-old Turkish businessman to repay council legal costs of more than £3,000 in addition to his HMRC bill for corporation tax and VAT.
I bet the council doesn't see a penny of that...

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Great, More Data For The Met To Ignore….

….because they are terrified the little darlings might fall off and hurt themselves!
Dr Hira Virdee plans to use data science and analytics to follow suspected moped criminals and then alert police to their whereabouts.
The 28-year-old launched @MopedSpotted after he was mugged for his mobile phone while walking in Lincoln’s Inn Fields last month. He jumped in a taxi and gave chase to the four youths on three mopeds — who then snatched a phone from another victim nearby.
Dr Virdee reported the thefts to the police but two days later he received an email from the Met saying that they were taking no further action because there were no leads.
After two days? Didn't try very hard, did they?
He said: “I understand the police are overwhelmed but I doubt whether they followed up all the CCTV leads they could have.
“I decided if no one else was going to collect evidence then there was an opportunity for someone else to collect information on moped crimes and suspects.”
The Twitter account asks people to report sightings of possible moped suspects so they can be tracked in real time. The information can then be passed to police.
Dr Virdee, who has a PhD in physics and engineering and works for a data company, says he has already tracked one suspect group in Finsbury Park.
He said: “It means we can quickly identify hotspots of crime and build up a picture of where these criminals are operating. I get a lot of cab drivers reporting sightings of mopeds.”
So you're doing the Met's job alongside your own, one your taxes pay for, and they are doing...well, what, exactly?

A Reaction That Judges Should Get Used To...

Addressing Battle, who appeared via videolink, Judge Ian Graham said: “You have a long, long criminal record, including offences of violence.”
He handed him a 16 month prison term.
At that point, Battle blew a loud raspberry. He then made V-gestures with both hands before making another gesture in front of the camera and walking off.
...because pretty soon, that'll be the reaction of even the most law-abiding of us.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Those Awful, Savage Cuts To NHS Mental Health Services…

In a public outreach exercise that revealed the distress suffered by those closest to the tragedy, health professionals visited thousands of people from the area to determine if they needed help from the NHS.
The Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust said staff had knocked on 2,200 doors in the west London neighbourhood and that 600 people, including 100 children, had been referred to the mental health services.
Wait, I thought they were stretched to breaking point? How come you've got time to go out soliciting for business? 

Ah, Southend's Vibrant Night Life!

Kier Godfree, 26, fractured a pool player’s nose - causing permanent scaring - during a large-scale affray at the Borough Hotel, in Marine Parade, Southend.
Mykee Bowers, 23, punched a young woman in the face - leaving her with two black eyes, a split lip and nerve damage to her cheek.
Otherwise known as 'a typical Southend evening's entertainment' in certain areas.
Charlotte Davison, prosecuting, said the incident started after Bowers, of Weaverdale, Shoebury, got into an argument with the man.
She said pub staff described Bowers as “extremely agitated” and “aggressive.”
A staff member initially defused the situation but Bowers “rushed past him and started swinging punches.”
The court was played CCTV footage of the incident, which showed a huge brawl involving several men.
Dreadlocked Godfree, of Mendip Crescent, Westcliff, then got involved. The father-of-three, who promotes reggae nights in bars and clubs in the town, approached the pool table and shouted: “Who punched my brother?”
In a totally unprovoked attack, Godfree then punched Jason Matthews.
They are said to work as bouncers. Nothing like taking your work home with you, is there?
The court heard Bowers has three convictions for four offences - mostly for violent and public order offences.
Godfree has eight convictions for ten offences, including an actual bodily harm charge from 2009.
Nice people. Just the sort you'd hire to prevent trouble, right?
Nick Jones, mitigating, said both men regretted the incident and admitted their guilt at the earliest opportunity.
Well, with all the CCTV, it's not like they could really do much else, is it?
Judge Ian Graham said the brawl was a “substantial incident of disorder in a public house.” Each man received a nine month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. Godfree was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and Bowers 120 hours.

Monday, 14 August 2017

"You never had control, that's the illusion!"

Police are investigating an incident where a dog was attacked and killed by another dog in a south Bristol park while the owners looked on in horror.
Officers are asking for help to identify a man on a mobility scooter believed to be the owner of the violent animal.
Just the sort of person who should own a powerful and dangerous animal!
The man on a mobility scooter is believed to be the owner of two dogs - including the dangerous dog - who were both being allowed to roam freely without a lead.
After the attack, the man refused to give his details to the couple and drove away through the park, leaving through the exit to Headley Lane and Hartcliffe Way and turning left into Novers Lane.
The man is described as white, in his 50s or 60s, around 5"8, heavily built with receding lightly coloured hair.
He was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a dirty looking hat and his mobility scooter had a light and a weatherproof hood.
It is believed the man had been drinking.
Shouldn't be hard to identify. And clearly, even he realised this...
The owner of a large American bulldog which killed a poodle in a Bristol park has come forward, after the police appealed for information about the incident.
Officers said a man voluntarily presented himself to a police station after the Bristol Post revealed how the dog’s owner fled on a mobility scooter after the attack on Saturday night.
Aha, the American bulldog, rapidly taking over from the Staffie-cross as the weapon of choice.

But what the hell is it with people who can't walk getting a pet that needs regular exercise?
QC Patricia Lynch sentenced Blackwell, who drives a mobility scooter, to a six month suspended sentence, a 30-day rehabilitation requirement to assist with her welfare and made an order for compensation.
Her welfare shouldn't be the bloody concern here!
Patricia Lynch said: "This was shocking and thoroughly disgraceful behaviour.
"The dogs should not have been off the lead and it was irresponsible to take them off the lead.
"I will make it perfectly clear I was very firmly of the view that you were not a fit and proper person to look after dogs."
Make whatever you like clear, but it doesn't seem to work that way?
Blackwell will maintain the custody of JD.

Literal House Arrest!

Paul Dickenson, 26,used threatening racially motivated language towards Brett Gordon, and Nathaniel Yon, and Adam Poon between January and May.
He also assaulted and harassed two police officers.
Dickenson, of Baffins Lane, Chichester, admitted 14 offences at Worthing Magistrates' Court on July 3 including being drunk and disorderly, possession of cannabis and breaching previous court orders.
Yet the racial abuse attracts a higher tariff, obviously. Not spent in prison, mind you:
Magistrates sentenced Dickenson to a 20 month suspended prison sentence, and issued him a curfew until October 2 banning him from leaving his property at night.
One wonders why the judge felt the need to inflict punishment on his neighbours....
Magistrates said they had been particularly concerned by his "pattern of racially motivated offending over a five month period".
The cannabis taking and the ignoring of court orders are a mere bagatelle, but heavens to Betsy, we can't have racism!