Archive for the ‘UK’ Category

Grandmother in the UK fights off 2 hammer-wielding wannabe gangsters…..with a broom.

July 17, 2008

‘How dare they come in and try to steal money? If you want money you have to go out and earn it like everybody else.’

Video here.

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Law abiding UK mom has to prove her innocence after police screwup

July 9, 2008

A mother mistakenly branded a violent junkie must have her fingerprints checked against every unsolved crime in Britain to clear her name.

Amanda Hodgson had a routine crim­inal record check for a job looking after youngsters during breaktimes at her children’s school.

The 36-year-old was expecting the all-clear but was horrified to open a letter claiming she had assaulted police officers and was a recovering heroin addict.

‘When I first read the letter, I didn’t fully understand. I couldn’t work out why I’d been sent all this information,’ Mrs Hodgson said.

‘I was horrified when I realised. It is really embarrassing and I have had to explain to my son that his mum isn’t a criminal and I’m not going to jail.’

Mrs Hodgson only applied to be a welfare assistant at the school after staff said she would be perfect for the job.

But the Criminal Records Bureau sent her the history of a woman with the same name and date of birth – then told Mrs Hodgson, of Preston, it was up to her to prove her innocence.

The CRB investigated but could not ­ensure she was not the person named in the report.

It then asked her to produce her passport and fingerprints.

‘To have my fingerprints taken in the first place is bad enough but then to be told they will be cross-checked against all unsolved crimes is ridiculous,’ she said. ‘I have done nothing wrong.’

A spokesman for the CRB said the Police National Computer had a 99.98 accuracy record. It only asked a person to supply their fingerprints if all other investigations had failed.

‘This may be the only sure way to remove the match,’ said the spokesman.

‘The alternative may result in appropriate information not being released with catastrophic results.’

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UK Local Goverment Association head-Stop spying for trivial offenses. Sir Simon Milton-No.

June 23, 2008

There has been growing anger about the methods used by councils to probe minor crimes, such as dog fouling.

The powers were introduced under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act as part of the Government’s anti-terror drive but it is claimed some councils are abusing the powers.

This really shouldn’t be shocking. The government pushes intrusive legislation under the guise of society’s protection and people comply. And your freedoms get chipped away little by little…..

It’s for your safety. Does anyone actually still believe that?

1-Legged war veteran comes to aid of mother and baby from 2 thugs……and he’s arrested.

June 15, 2008

Yes, because he was carrying a rusted truncheon (a retractable baton) that wouldn’t even open. Royal Navy veteran Stephen Beerling heard a woman screaming outside of his house at 2:30 a.m. He called 999, the UK version of 911, and rushed out to help the woman, grabbing the truncheon in case he needed it to defend himself or the woman.

He was able to talk to the 2 men harassing the woman and her child. Police arrived and arrested the men but also arrested Beerling for possessing the truncheon, which he hadn’t even removed from his pocket.

Thankfully, no charges will be pressed against this good Samaritan. Of course, in characteristic bureaucratic style, a simple, “Whoops, we really screwed up, sorry,” type of apology or explanation wasn’t issued. Instead, police released the following statement:

Kent Police and Senior Crown Prosecutor Janet Garnon-Williams said in a statement: ‘A decision has been taken jointly to discontinue the case as there is not a realistic prospect of conviction.’

How kind of them…….

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UK police ban hats in Yorkshire Pubs with requisite “It’s for your safety” justification

June 7, 2008

The Park Hotel in Wadsley, Sheffield, is the latest to be asked to impose the rule by senior police officers.

Mark Kelly, the landlord said: “Police asked us to ensure that everyone removes headgear.

“With pensioners, by the time they sit down their hats always come off anyway because they were brought up with manners so usually take their hats off indoors.”

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The measure, designed to prevent people from obscuring their faces from CCTV cameras, has been questioned by Barnsley’s former Test umpire Dickie Bird, 75, well-known for his favoured white flat cap.

He said: “Asking a Yorkshireman to take off his flat cap — whoever heard of anything so silly.

“It’s a Yorkshire tradition, men wearing flat caps. Although youngsters don’t bother these days, older men still wear them and should be allowed to continue.

“I still wear a flat cap when I go out shopping and often leave it on when I get home and end up sitting watching TV with my cap on They look smart and they keep your head nice and warm.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said bans on people wearing headgear in public premises had been operated in banks and post offices for years.

She added: “There have been incidents both in pubs and other establishments when it has not been possible to identify offenders captured on CCTV because hats were hiding their faces.”

UK Education advisor: Drop “middle class” subjects like history, science, and geography. Instead, get to learnin’ about debt management and

June 5, 2008

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Because in an increasingly global, technological-driven economy, who needs to learn science or geography? The UK sets the bar high for us here across the pond. Read this provided you graduated from a school that actually had the dreaded “s” word: standards.

Tshirt of 40ft. tall Semi-truck/Robot deemed offensive enough to nearly get man arrested. Yes…I said a tshirt.

June 3, 2008

Oh Nanny State, you never cease to provide me with material.

Brad Jayakody, 30, from London, said he was stopped from passing through security at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 after his Transformers T-shirt was deemed ‘offensive.’

Read the rest here.