Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Police driver faces criminal charges after ramming moped.

The following is an excerpt from an article in the Guardian newspaper concerning the new police tactic of knocking fleeing criminals off their mopeds.

A Metropolitan police driver is under criminal investigation after using a special tactic to deliberately knock a fleeing suspect off a moped.

The teenager, aged 17 at the time, suffered head injuries and a broken foot as he fled from police, he was not wearing a helmet and later pleaded guilty to several offences.

The officer is believed to be the only one so far to face criminal investigation after using the controversial “tactical contact” measure, whereby police in cars knock a suspect off their moped or scooter, so they can be arrested.

The Met adopted the tactic in October 2017 as it tried to quell a wave of robberies carried out by suspects on mopeds. The incident subject to criminal investigation happened a month later and is one of two where suspects suffered serious injury.

The prime minister and home secretary have supported the tactic, but others such as the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, have expressed concern.

The police officer has been interviewed under caution as part of an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IPOC). The watchdog said it would decide within weeks whether the officer should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service to face criminal charges, for an offence such as actual bodily harm.

As well as a criminal investigation, the officer has been told he faces a disciplinary investigation for potential gross misconduct.

The police who had been giving chase had to take him to hospital because the London ambulance service did not have a vehicle available

The teenager was not wearing a helmet and the IOPC said he suffered serious head injuries and fractures but was discharged from hospital a few days later.

The IOPC said its investigation was “looking at the circumstances around the authorisation and use of the tactical contact”.

The teenager was charged and later appeared at a youth court where he pleaded guilty to attempted theft, interference with a vehicle, driving with no licence, driving with no insurance, and dangerous driving. Because of his age he cannot be named.

When the Met released footage a fortnight ago of its drivers knocking suspects off mopeds, it said it had used tactical contact 63 times. It also said the tactic would only be used by specialist officers called “scorpion” drivers.

It is the second tactical contact incident being investigated by the IOPC. Another took place on 27 March this year in Ealing, west London, where a suspect in his 20s suffered a broken leg after a police car knocked him off his moped. The IOPC said the investigation was continuing, with no warning notices served, meaning officers are being treated as witnesses.

The IOPC said it had a duty to investigate cases where suspects were injured after being knocked off their mopeds by police. “Ultimately no police tactic can ever be used with impunity in a country where we police by consent – be that tactical contact, the use of firearms or the use of restraint. It is always a matter of whether it’s reasonable and proportionate in the circumstances,” it said.

So, to sum up a young person can commit a violent robbery armed with a machete and escape on a moped swerving through the traffic and on the pavement endangering the lives of members of the public but the Shadow Home Secretary has expressed concerns over the police tactic of knocking the escaping suspect off their mopeds.

The IOPC said it had a duty to investigate cases where suspects were injured after being knocked off their mopeds by police. “Ultimately no police tactic can ever be used with impunity in a country where we police by consent.

I don’t know about consent, would they prefer the police walked in front of the fleeing felon and asked them nicely, “would you mind stopping young man, if it’s not too much trouble?”

Unfortunately, we no longer live in the age of Dixon of Dock Green who could tackle an armed intruder with a small wooden truncheon by uttering the phrase, “come on lad hand it over.” Whereupon the young thug would respond, “okay guv, it’s a fair cop.”

One doesn’t wish to be too controversial but if I had just been threatened and robbed by a youth wielding a machete, I would have no problem with the police knocking them off their moped to stop them fleeing the scene and I rather suspect that if Diane Abbot had actually experienced a similar violent attack she might also change her views on the matter.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Vegans ban, bring home the bacon.

Here is the latest piece of news that proves the snowflake generation are trying to take over again and adds yet more credence to my belief that the whole world is going stark staring raving mad, although it wouldn't surprise me if I were inundated with complaints from various mental health organisations complaining at the use of the phrase "stark staring raving mad."

Allegedly the following is a list of phrases which it has been suggested will be phased out as they have become politically incorrect and the suggested new versions, starting with bringing home the bacon which may offend vegans.

Out: Bring home the bacon
In: Bring home the bagels
Out: Let the cat out of the bag
In: Spill the beans
Out: All your eggs in one basket
In: All your berries in one bowl
Out: Open a can of worms
In: Open Pandora’s box
Out: Flog a dead horse
In: Feed a fed horse
Out: Hold your horses
In: Hold the phone
Out: Killing two birds with one stone
In: Feeding two birds with one scone
Out: Taking the bull by the horns
In: Taking the flower by the thorns
Out: More than one way to skin a cat
In: More than one way to peel a potato
Out: Be the guinea pig
In: Be the test tube
I have never heard such a load of nonsense, what I wonder would they do with the joke of the fellow who tried, flagellation, necrophilia and bestiality but had to give it up as he felt he was flogging a dead horse.
As usual with modern life I am frequently lost for words to describe suggestions like banning the expression "bringing home the bacon"  but on this occasion I have come up with some that I think sums up the stupidity of this suggestion.
"WHAT A LOAD OF BOLLOCKS."  Whether this expression will offend anyone, I have no idea but there's always someone ready to take offence, especially in this day and age.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Crowd Fund Christmas.

I recently saw a chap who had gone to GoFundMe and asked for £2000 which he was going to use for Christmas for his five children and amazingly enough by the end of the day he had reached his total.

It seems he had to cut his working hours due to the arrival of his fifth child which left him short of funds to pay for the sort of lavish Christmas he wanted provide, now call me a sceptical old bugger if you like but I'm rather wondering if perhaps he might have been able to produce a lavish Christmas had he not been burdened with the expense of quite so many children.

Bravo to the man though, for if you don't ask you don't get, as they say, which leads me nicely on to the real topic of this post, I rather fancy following this fellows example and asking on GoFundMe for a Christmas present for myself.

I have tried not to be greedy and have chosen a 1926 Bentley 3/4.5 which has been fully restored to Le Mans race specification and is currently for sale at Vintage and Prestige in Grays, Essex at the asking price of £540,000.

Should you wish to view the full specification the following link will take you to their website

I realise there may be some of you who may think that I am being a tad greedy in asking for £540,000 but as I said I haven't chosen an expensive Bentley, I could have looked for one with genuine racing history, once raced by Woolf Barnato or Tim Birkin which would have been several million pounds.

Well, that's it for today, I'm off to look at the GoFundMe website and I leave you with the wish that you all have a very happy Christmas and let's hope we all receive the presents we wish for.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Armistice day.

I was very surprised by the number of tributes to the fallen both on Facebook and the internet generally but the fact that it's 100 years since the end of World War One seems to have brought with it a greater interest in the subject.

To this end I am posting details of my radio play which is available on The Wireless Theatre Company which is a touching glimpse of the experiences of soldiers of World War One.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

The news, at last.

Trying to find subjects to blog about is not the easiest thing in the world especially just lately where the only subject on the news is Brexit and I have to admit I'm getting a little bored with the subject and will be very glad when they have finally sorted things and we can leave, without either side shooting each other in the foot.

News, it seems is like buses there are no subjects for days and then all of a sudden three come along at once and we are spoilt for choice as to where to start.

I have decided to start purely randomly with the American mid term elections and why not for we can't get enough news about the delightful Mr Donald Trump, the man who took bullshit to a level never thought of before.

The thing I find most peculiar about any American election is the way black people seem unwilling to take part even when they are encouraged by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and the ex President Obama. How can any race who fought so hard for their freedom and the right to vote, not take up the chance at every opportunity, it leaves me lost for words.

I'm not sure of the nationality of the person in the next item of news but I have to say I thought he had the unfortunate twang of American about his accent when I heard him on the television, although further research suggests he is from North London. The man in question was a paraplegic who had landed at Luton airport only to find that his wheelchair had been lost in transit.

One is never certain whether one has the full facts of the news but as I was watching Her Majesty's BBC I think I can trust the story presented. It seems the fellow was offered a wheeled chair as they didn't have a self propelled wheelchair but he refused on the grounds that he would have lost his dignity by being pushed and was in danger of getting pressure sores from the chair.

He chose instead to drag himself through the airport to the exit where he used a luggage trolley as a wheelchair, leaving one to think with his actions that perhaps he doth protest too much.

I would have thought that dragging oneself on the floor was loosing ones dignity somewhat more than being pushed in a chair for a few hundred yards and can one get pressure sores in such a short space of time. If it is possible to get pressure sores so quickly why would you risk hoisting yourself on to a hard luggage trolley to complete the journey to the waiting taxi.

It was indeed unfortunate that there wasn't a self propelled wheelchair available at the time but one has to think his actions to emphasise the lack of a wheelchair were a tad over the top.

My next sentence was going to be; I'm just waiting for the next news item concerning this fellow suing the airport for a vast sum for compensation, but more research suggests he is already at it!

And finally, as they used to say on the news when they got to the final story of a fluffy kitten being rescued from a tree by the fire brigade, unfortunately this is not one of those stories.

A young Christian woman in Pakistan who was charged with blasphemy following an alleged argument with her Muslim neighbours has finally been found not guilty having been in custody for the last eight years.

Had she been found guilty she would have faced the death penalty which seems grossly unfair as it seems fairly obvious that her neighbours bore false witness against her, I wonder if they will face any charges?

She has also been told that she will not be able to leave the country even though her life is in danger as there are mobs of Muslim men out in the streets baying for her blood at this moment.

To sum up, this poor woman was falsely accused, served eight years in prison before being found not guilty and now is not allowed to leave a country where her life is severely in danger.

One can only hope that the new Prime Minister and ex professional cricketer Imran Khan can do something to save this woman's life before it's too late, because the way this poor woman has been treated is definitely not cricket.

That is the end of the news.

Monday, 29 October 2018

My latest children's book.

I am delighted to announce that my latest children’s book is now available on Amazon and I have to say I think it is rather splendid. I have been working with the same illustrator for the last four books and she is producing better and better illustrations with each new production. Her name, should any of you reading this be looking for an illustrator is Oksana Basarab and she can be found on the Fiverr website.

I do hope some of my readers will purchase the book and enjoy reading it, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.