Archive for August, 2011

August 11th, 2011

Feel the Force

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Time for another dumb criminal…

August 10th, 2011

Killing for fun

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Five more reasons why enforced sterilisation should be considered in the form of Chantelle Booth, 22, Daniel Newstead, 20, Joe Boyer, 18, Duncan Edwards, 19 and Jessica Lynas, 19.

Booth, Newstead and Boyer have been convicted of murder and the other two of manslaughter following a case where they befriended a vulnerable disabled lady only to torture and kill her.

Gemma Hayter, aged 27, from Rugby, had a rare congenital disorder which caused learning difficulties and a distinctive physical appearance with a large head and crossed eyes. She was described as someone who would trust anyone who showed any interest in her.

She was befriended by the group and agreed to meet them despite having been assaulted by them previously. In an act of despicable cruelty the group forced her to drink urine, beat her severely and put a plastic bag over her head. They stripped her naked, kicked her in the face and stabbed her in the neck. Gemma suffocated. Her naked body was then dumped. There were no motives for the attack, other than pleasure.

During the trial the group blamed each other. They showed no concerns or remorse and mucked about between themselves while evidence was being heard.

They pleaded not guilty but have been convicted.

The charity Mencap estimates that nine out of ten people with a learning disability is verbally harassed or assaulted because of their disability.

August 9th, 2011

Where will it end

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They’ve got some brass neck, what will those thieving bastards choose to nick next?

Not content with nicking drain covers and selling them for scrap whilst leaving the rest of us to risk life and limb by cycling or motorbiking down an uncovered rain. They then turned up at remote locations & angle-grinded their way through metal railings over motorway bridges and other such dangerous locations before removing whole sections.

Then, of course, there are all the thefts of├é┬áany├é┬ácopper wire that isn’t nailed down and much that is, sometimes killing themselves in the process.

Now they are going down streets & jemmying off brass door numbers, letter boxes and doorknobs from people’s front doors.

August 8th, 2011

Make mine a bonus ball

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Lady Tottingham, I mean Chief Constable Sue Sim of Northumbria Police, is creating something of a stir in the force with some of their restructuring. When I say restructuring I of course mean, getting rid of jobs and saving cash.

The force has to lose 318 officers and 825 civilians in efforts to save £57million by 2013.

One of the plans to sort out who does what is for people who want the role, or want to stay in the role, of detective  to go into a big hat and be drawn out  a la National Lottery style.

The chief has decided that the fairest way to allocate the over subscribed detective roles is to pick people randomly. This would also have the coincidental by-product of saving money and time by going through all the tedious selection and interview processes.

This forward thinking and dynamic decision making  must be why Sim got a £33,000 bonus last year (the largest bonus paid to any serving officer).

The force’s head of crime, Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Adamson said: “The new operating model has been designed by experienced officers to improve our service and deliver high standards. There will be a reduction in the number of detectives required and some may be redeployed.”

Now call me old fashioned, but if you want the best people for the job it’s probably not a good idea to pick names from a hat because unless every single one of the applicants are all of equally outstanding merit, you risk getting a set of detectives which includes the worst as well as the best.├é┬áPossibly├é┬ánot the best way to deliver ‘high standards’.

August 7th, 2011

We don’t know we’re born

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I regularly post about the deaths of police officers abroad, particularly in America. The USA loses roughly between 150 and 200 officers a year, maybe a third are killed in accidents while most of  the others are murdered.

We lose between 8 and 15 a year and most of them through accidents.

I was reading recently that South Africa loses 100 officers a year to murder. They’ve also lost 15 officers this year to suicide. They have around 190,000 police officers while the USA has almost 1 million officers.

Mind you, that all pales into insignificance when you look at Afghanistan. In the two years until March 2011 they lost 2,770 police officers and over 4,700 were injured. That’s more than the total number of Afghan or American soldiers killed in the war to date.

Food for thought.

 

 

August 6th, 2011

Smarten up

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Kent Police have their knickers in a twist over officers and their tattoos.

They have just issued guidance calling for officers to cover up their tattoos. Assistant Chief Constable Allyn Thomas has said that he expected Kent officers to look smart and professional when on duty.

A statement issued by the force said that “The policy at Kent Police is that some tattoos could potentially offend members of the public or colleagues, or could bring discredit to the police service.├é┬áStaff with tattoos that detract from displaying a professional image may be asked to cover them. A tattoo is deemed to be offensive if it is rude, lewd, crude, discriminatory, violent or intimidating.”

Call me old fashioned but I’d have thought that issuing edicts about offensive tattoos after you’ve employed someone to be in the public eye was a little bit late. Either it’s acceptable to have such tattoos as a police officer or it’s not and if it’s not why have you employed someone with such tattoos thus risking the human rights of anyone who might possibly be offended by said tattoos?

Is ‘smart and professional’ a matter of personal choice? If not they might want to look at all the officers with facial piercings, sticky-up gelled hair & stomachs the size of Leichtenstein that make them look like a bag of shit.

August 5th, 2011

Take a running jump

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Sufficient force as is necessary?

I think so, way to get someone on the deck. Mind you, not sure where the handcuffs were, perhaps they have the same rules in Russia as they do here, but somehow I doubt it.

August 4th, 2011

What a w*nker

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Regular readers will know of my dislike, nay disgust, with professional footballers, particularly in the Premiership so will not be surprised at another post about convicted criminal Joey Barton appearing in this blog once again.

He has, at last, been effectively sacked from Newcastle United following his continued online rants at the team on his Twitter page after they gave him a second, or was it a third, chance by taking him back after he was jailed for a viscous assault.

What really struck me on the BBC News report was a comment from his agent, Willie Mackay, who said when talking about negotiations on Barton’s contract with the club: “There was no way we were going to take a cut in his wages.”

That, in a time when police officers, nurses, and people who actually do the country some good rather than self-serving, ego-inflated, thugs who think the world revolves around them, are taking huge pay cuts or being made redundant.

Barton earns £70,000 per week kicking people about, a ball around a park.

August 3rd, 2011

There goes another one, or two

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I love it when a senior officer gets in a bit of a pickle. Sean Price, Chief Constable of Cleveland and his Deputy, Derek Bonnard, have created a bit of a fuss today, being as Sean has the distinction of being the first chief constable to be arrested on suspicion of a crime for fifty years.

Both have been nicked today during investigations into police corruption, part of which is to do with Price allegedly using undue influence to get a favoured person a contract with the force.

I think this is the third such allegation amongst ACPO rank officers in the last few months.

I wonder how many others are at it.

August 2nd, 2011

Policing is just another job

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So the next round of cuts to the cash that police officers earn has been announced today.

When I joined the job the terms and conditions were laid out in black and white. That included the pension. When I started the game I expected the goal posts to be in the same position at the end of the match as they were at the start. If I’d realised they were going to put them in another field, I might not have signed up for the full 90 minutes.

I guess that must be how a lot of officers are feeling right now, that and the feeling of having been kicked in the teeth by the referee.

For officers who joined ├é┬áfive or six years ago it must be a double blow. Having spent up to a couple of years trying to get in the job, what with all the queues at the time, they found out that they would have to work a further five years to get their full pension, now they’re discovering that as well as a reduced pension, they will have to pay almost ├é┬ú100 a month more for it.

The average copper will pay 3.2% ├é┬ámore for their pension. With all the other changes to pay and conditions officers could lose up to ├é┬ú4,000 a year. That’s on top of the effective pay cut due to the pay freeze. What a shame the government do fuck all about freezing gas bills, bank bonuses and shopping bills.

I guess every generation of coppers have to put up with their own set of changes during their career but I have to say, and not hoping to wish my life away, I’m bloody glad I retired when I did.

August 1st, 2011

Amazing escape

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The below footage shows the amazing escape PC Dan Pascoe had near the M25 is Surrey as police attempted to stop a stolen BMW.

27-year-old lee Adamson was jailed today for 27 months following the incident after admitting dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and resisting arrest.

He was chased down and Tasered by PC Pascoe, before PC Pascoe himself collapsed. Amazingly, he suffered only minor injuries.

Adamson was on licence from prison having been released in march and has a string of 25 convictions with 53 offences.