Police Watch

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Apr 1 2004 08:25
Police Watch

As our glorious local Gestapo are constantly in the news at the moment I thought it might be interesting to keep a log of all the different stories, and round them up at the end of the year. We could then collate all the info and harrass the top cops for an interview on their lack of achievements ( except ofcourse their 'penchant' for battering ravers and protestors and turning up an hour after any serious bother that might cause them agro). We did recently try to get an interview for Now or Never! but they very ungraciously declined.

So here we go...




Excellent! wink

Joined: 26-09-03
Apr 7 2004 15:04

Police tackle drunks with on-spot fines

April 7, 2004 12:06

DRUNKS and yobs arrested on the streets of Norwich run the risk of being slapped with fines of up to £80 — without having to be hauled before the courts.

Starting this week Norfolk police has the power to issue fixed penalty notices for a string of disorder offences.

The tickets will be given out at custody suites once people are detained and police chiefs hope the move will lead to less paperwork while freeing up officers for front-line policing.

The new legislation came into force on Monday and means people who are arrested and taken into custody for being drunk and disorderly or drunk and incapable could get a fixed penalty notice of £40.

People arrested for disorderly conduct under the Public Order Act, such as throwing fireworks or making hoax 999 calls, could land themselves an £80 fixed penalty ticket. The tickets will be dished out to people over 16 as an alternative to a charge and appearance at court.

Police said that would result in less desk-bound bureaucracy for officers to wade through, which would free them up for front-line policing.

The force also said courts would benefit because magistrates would not have to deal with so many minor offences.

Inspector Paul McCarthy, based at Bethel Street, said: "It's a very positive move forward to enable officers to concentrate on front-line policing.

"At the moment we have to arrest them, detain them, charge them once they have sobered up and then go through the court process, which means officers have to produce a file.

"This will mean less paperwork so officers can concentrate on front-line policing while the courts will be freed-up."

People who pay the penalty notices would not be landed with a criminal record, but those who refuse to pay the fines could still find themselves dragged before the courts.

The system is being introduced in Norfolk following successful pilots in Essex and the West Midlands.

Further developments in the force means police now have the power to take fingerprints from anybody arrested for a recordable offence.

Previously suspects had to be charged before the prints could be taken, but now the data can be kept, even if the person is released without charge.

Insp McCarthy said: "The advantage is that we can build up a database for the future and if people know we have got their fingerprints on file it could deter them from committing crimes."

The final new move this week is that prisoners in the cells at Bethel Street will no longer be allowed to smoke.


AAAhhhhh! Their delicate little lungs... roll eyes

Joined: 3-03-04
Apr 14 2004 17:54

New police plan on anti-social behaviour

A Norfolk police chief has announced a pioneering approach to tackling anti-social behaviour in a move that could be expanded countywide.

Yarmouth is to become the first town in Norfolk to appoint an anti-social behaviour co-ordinator – former police officer Mervyn Middleton – whose role will be to identify hotspots in the borough and look at why they exist.

Mr Middleton will report to the borough's Crime and Disorder Partnership (CDP) of police and local council representatives, which will develop strategies for dealing with the problem.

The new approach will be monitored and could eventually be brought in across the county.

Chief Supt Ray Adcock announced the move last night to coincide with the release of local crime figures that reflected positive news across the county.

Across the eastern area – stretching from Yarmouth to North Walsham – there were 771 burglaries during the past financial year, down from 889, and 96 robberies, down from 127.

Vehicle crime rose slightly overall, but showed a considerable drop in the second half of the financial year after the success of high-profile drug raids, high-lighting the link between drugs and vehicle crime.

Mr Adcock said: "With crime going down, we now have the opportunity to lift the baseline by tackling anti-social behaviour.

"But it cannot be done through police action alone. We need active citizenry and a coherent approach to tackling the roots of the problem."

The borough's anti-social behaviour problems were highlighted in the EDP last week when the Rector of St Nicholas' Church at Bradwell, the Rev Ron Tuck, spoke out about a gang of teenagers intimidating worship-pers and causing vandalism.

A memorial bench had been damaged, graffiti daubed on the 13th century church walls, and beer cans and syringes left in the churchyard.

Mr Adcock said: "The challenge is to make contact with all groups to rebuild the social fabric."

At Bradwell, meetings had already been set up with parish council representatives, education officials and others with a vested interest.

Mr Adcock said there was a tremendous buzz in the CDP and wider community after the success of initiatives such as the recent environment day, which targeted abandoned vehicles and other problems including truancy.

He added that in the light of Mr Middleton's report, there was a raft of police measures possible for tackling anti-social behaviour.

These ranged from acceptable behaviour contracts to the more rigorous anti-social behaviour orders, if youngsters did not respond to the first option.

He said curfew orders, tried recently in a Cumbrian town, were only suitable in particularly serious cases, for they were a "huge net, catching a lot of innocent fish".

Mr Adcock's colleague, Chief Insp Jim Smerdon, said other initiatives that could be tried in such places as Bradwell included junior parish councils.


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Joined: 26-09-03
Aug 7 2004 19:59

Police injured in 'disturbances'

Seven police officers were injured and two cars were damaged when a "serious disturbance" broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Violence erupted at about 0400 BST on Kiln Way in Wellingborough, Northants, following reports a police car was being damaged by a gang.

Officers intervened and reinforcements had to be drafted in from across the county to deal with the violence.

The officers suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

Six people have been arrested.

A police spokesman said the incident started when officers in Wellingborough were alerted to a gang damaging their police car.

"Officers from throughout the county were drafted into the area to assist in regaining control after the disturbance," he said.

Police were continuing their inquiries into the incident on Saturday.


Joined: 26-09-03
Aug 7 2004 20:04

http://new.edp24.co.uk/search/story.aspx?brand=EDPOnline&category=News&itemid=NOED06%20Aug%202004%2020:17:18:557&tBrand=EDPOnline&tCategory=search&archive=0 grin

Joined: 26-09-03
Aug 28 2004 12:00

Police called after 999 report of a stabbing and send officers to Wells-next-the-sea.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/norfolk/3604960.stm roll eyes