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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Fire service pledges commitment to end mental health stigma

 
 
Fire chiefs have pledged their commitment to ending mental health stigma and discrimination in the emergency services. 

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service today (February 4) signed the Blue Light Time To Change Associations pledge, which is an initiative led by mental health charity Mind to remove stigma and encourage openness about mental health in the emergency services.

Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland and Sir Peter Brown, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority Chairman, signed the pledge at Service headquarters and in doing so, promised CFRS will promote a better understanding of mental health problems while offering support and wellbeing advice to its members, staff and volunteers.

CFO Chris Strickland said: “We have developed an action plan in our organisation to communicate the anti-stigma message, deliver wellbeing awareness workshops and improve the support we give to our staff about mental health.

“Some of our staff took part in a Blue Light six-week pilot with Mind last year, which they found to be of real benefit, and we’re already engaging in more sessions to give our staff the tools and knowledge to eliminate the stigma and help those around them.”

The pledge is a pilot initiative offered on an invitation only basis to a small number of associations and organisations at the national level and CFRS joins others, including Derbyshire Fire & Rescue, Kent Fire and Rescue, Kent Police, Leicestershire Police, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Staffordshire Police, Surrey Police, Sussex Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, in signing up.
 
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “Not only are many of our blue light personnel struggling with their mental health, but they’re less likely to seek support or have time off sick than the general workforce.

Good mental health should be a priority in any workplace, but it is especially important that people exposed to traumatic or life-threatening situations – such as those working within the police, ambulance, fire and search and rescue services – receive appropriate and timely support.
“We recognise the vital role organisations and associations that support the emergency services can play in promoting mental health and challenging stigma. By signing the Blue Light Associations pledge Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is helping to fight stigma and promote positive mental health for their staff, volunteers, and the emergency services they support.”


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E-on yer Bike New energy rip off tie with Age UK alleged !





PBROTRIBSKETCH

An energy company has paid out £6 million a year to Age UK in return for the charity pushing expensive tariffs to the elderly, it has been claimed.

Julian Bray writes: To put it into context, we are currently stuck with E-ON. But on the cheaper non Age UK tariff, that still has problems. E-ON carry out an annual review of consumption in November and without any advance warning ( although they claim to have sent an e-mail)  literally doubled the existing standing order on an existing tariff, despite the fact they had just repaid a surplus of £250.... 

Needless to say a complaint - as yet unresolved, as you have to agree to the strict form of words contained in an e-on approved resolution - has been lodged but the earliest any monthly reduction can be re-instated is March 2016 so e-on are still helping themselves to 3 months of hiked up 'advance' contributions....  they claim that the meter hasn't been read for months, and based it on an estimated reading.  

Not everyone can easily read their meters but e-on failed to point out they have a special scheme to ensure meters are read on a regular basis - BUT it costs e-on money so they don't dwell on it or unprompted promote it.

One of the biggest shower of knuckle dragging energy bandits that the seriously useless OFGEM should have stirred itself to investigate years ago! Tally Ho!

The  wholly ineffective Energy Secretary Amber Rudd  ( Amber we assume stands for pause) said she has taken the allegation that Britain's pensioners are being misled "very seriously", and has contacted the watchdog Ofgem to ask it to investigate further.  

The Sun newspaper said it found details of E.ON payments to the charity contained within Age UK's annual accounts.

It is claimed the charity had been recommending a special E.ON tariff in leaflets and booklets, stating it was "great value" and "helps save energy and money".

Age UK has been paid at least £6 million every year, receiving around £41 for every person that signed up, it was reported.

It is claimed that the tariff, on average, costs pensioners £245 more than they would pay on E.ON's cheapest deal.

A spokeswoman for E.ON said: "Our current Age UK tariff was the cheapest product of its type in the UK when it was launched in January. Customers can switch between products at any time without incurring any costs.

"If a customer is on a fixed tariff and they opt in for a price alert, and if we issue a new tariff that is cheaper, we will automatically notify them of that.

"But in line with Ofgem's rules we can't switch people without their consent."

Declining to comment on the "sensitive" nature of the amount paid to Age UK, E.ON did confirm there was a "commercial relationship" between it and the charity.

Currently there are around 152,000 customers on the deal - equating to a £37 million overspend by pensioners, the Sun reports - who last year typically shelled out £1,049 for fuel for 12 months.
In January Age UK criticised the big six energy firms for overcharging and warned that more than 4.1 million older people were "anxious" about high heating costs.

An Age UK spokesman rejected allegations that the charity has been pushing expensive tariffs and also the "interpretation of the figures".

The spokesman said: "Age UK has worked with E.ON for the past 14 years, openly and above board, and they have been generous supporters of our charity over and above the number of customers on the tariff.

"We launched the most competitive, fixed two-year energy tariff available anywhere on the market on January 20 this year, with no exit fees.? ?

"Energy prices change all the time and we have always advised older people to look out for new good deals and we will continue to do so."

A spokesman for Ofgem said: "Ofgem rules require energy companies to treat consumers fairly when they are marketing and selling energy. Ofgem has a track record of punishing firms who mislead consumers and we will look at carefully at these claims."


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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

What a Messi we are in.... Hi John Got a New Motor? A new TATA MOTORS Jag for the Mayor....and it isn't ELECTRIC!!!!

One like this would take the whole Cabinet, not just the Mayor, just don't let Cllr Hiller (or Cllr Peach) near the keys...  

UPDATED: PBROTRIB EXCLUSIVE

Just fancy that :
 
What a prize 'peach' of a story....A shiny new chariot for the Mayor of the cash strapped City Peterborough has been discreetly slipped onto the Agenda.
It seems the old motor (a bit like the one Arthur Daley used to drive in the 'Minder' TV series) is on its last legs - they say - so 'a top of the range Jag - the brand now owned by TATA Motors of India - is about to be leased.

But we now hear the rush for a new motor John ..( Do keep up its a song...) may have been hastened by a certain Councillor having a go at parking the old beast.

It seems a wall suddenly presented itself. But curiously all mention of this unfortunate 'collision'  has mysteriously vanished from the official records and the old motors service history.

Perhaps Cllr Peach, can add some helpful information, or at least assist with our enquiry?  Meanwhile the Jaguar Brand owners TATA of India are having a spot of bother:

Soccer star Lionel Messi endorses Tata Motors' new hatchback (Image: Tata Motors)
 
Soccer star Lionel Messi endorses Tata Motors’ new hatchback (Image: Tata Motors)
 
The deadly Zika epidemic that surfaced in South America and is spreading at alarming speeds to the rest of the world, has now claimed its first corporate casualty all the way in India. The victim is a new hatchback named Zica to be launched later this week by automobile maker, Tata Motors who also own Jaguar Land Rover.

Tata, one of India’s largest conglomerates, is dumping the name even as the Zika virus is causing anxiety worldwide.

The car, endorsed by soccer icon Lionel Messi and scheduled to be unveiled at the Auto Expo in New Delhi, is to be re-christened.

“Empathizing with the hardships being caused by the recent ‘Zika’ virus outbreak across many countries, Tata Motors, as a socially responsible company, has decided to re-brand the car,” the company said in a statement.


‘Zica’ was coined by Tata Motors by joining the first letters of the words “zippy” and “car”. The small car was being readied for display at dealerships around the country and for customer bookings. That process has been stalled and the car’s new name is not yet known.

Tata Motors is India’s largest automobile company, with revenues of $42.04 billion in 2014-15. Profits soon to be boosted by the Peterborough City Council lease of a new petrol powered Jag for the Mayor to run around in...

Tata revealed the car’s name back in November and heavily promoted it on social media when the world had still not woken up to fear the lethal, mosquito-borne virus called Zika.

Over two dozen countries have been badly impacted by the virus which is said to affect pregnant women and lead to a birth defect called microcephaly – abnormalities including a very small head – in babies. The virus has not made any significant impact in India but the country is known to be particularly vulnerable to mosquito-borne diseases.

Jaguar is owned by an Indian Company Tata Motors - since 2008 - part of the same group that has just closed down the majority of Tata Steel in the UK, sacking many thousands of UK steelworkers, and financially blighting the lives of countless others.  So what better Civic symbol of PCC showing solidarity with the Steel workers, than to top up Tata Motors Indian coffers with PCC borrowed public money ?

Clearly an electric car is out of the question,  as the job specification for the Mayors chauffeur specifically includes an annual trip to Buckingham Palace for the Royal Garden Party. Unless you have a boot full of DuraceIl batteries or a very long cable, its not likely to reach the Mall in London ,electric charge point (in the NCP Car Park).

This is one of those "You really could not make it up" moments that makes living in this City a delight, and provides Paul Staintons' Big Conversation on BBC Cambridgeshire with at least a weeks worth of material...

So if you fancy driving the Mayor and Consort around, click onto the link below, for the job specification (must be able to change wheels...)



Good standard of written English for record
keeping or administrative purposes(A/I)
 

within the Peterborough area, and further
distances as necessary (including Annual
Royal Garden Party, Buckingham Palace)


(A/I)
 
Ability to deal with the public, with care and
respect, at all levels(A/I)
 

Ability to demonstrate appropriate &
professional interpersonal skills at all times


(A/I)
 Ability to maintain confidentiality (A/I)


Sources: PCC, Fiona Radic, CNS, BBC, Press Association, TATA INDIA,


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OFCOM PUBLISHES UK VIEWERS PERCEPTION OF STANDARDS RELATING TO 'TV-LIKE' ONLINE CONTENT.




Ofcom has today published annual research into UK viewers’ perceptions of content standards for on-demand and online content.

The research covers the full range of content available on-demand and online – from ‘catch up’ TV services, to user-generated video clips and subscription services such as Amazon Prime.
Around 2,100 adults, and 500 teenagers aged between 12 and 15, were asked for their views about content standards for on-demand and online services.
Around one in ten adults (12%) claimed to have seen something which concerned them, rising to 28% for teens.
Bullying/victimisation is now one of the top concerns for parents (37%) about online content, alongside violence (54%) and the welfare of children/young people (36%).
This work supports Ofcom in its role in protecting viewers, especially children, and will help inform future decisions on how best to protect people who use these services.
Ofcom regulates ‘TV like’ on-demand services.
Ofcom works as part of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) to help address concerns about online safety, and chairs a working group on social media.
The group has produced a recently published practical guide on online child safety for social media providers.




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Operation Hunter bags two



Jailed Jeremy Steel
  Jailed Mark Cocksedge

Two Peterborough men have been jailed following an attempted burglary in Peterborough.

Jeremy Steel, 44, and Mark Cocksedge, 40, both pleaded guilty at Peterborough Crown Court on January 18 and sentenced to three years and two years respectively.

At around 9pm on October 21 2015, Steel and Cocksedge both from Towler Street, Peterborough, smashed a patio door of a house in Humphrys Street, off Sugar Way. They were however quickly disturbed by the female owner, who had just returned home, and heard glass breaking.

Detective Constable Adam Blake said: "Despite being shaken up after seeing these two men attempting to break into her home, she quickly called police with detailed descriptions of what they were wearing and the route they had taken.

"Officers were quickly sent to the neighbourhood, Steel and Cocksedge were subsequently arrested and brought before the courts.

"The force is prioritising burglary was part of Operation Hunter, which aims to put offenders before the courts whilst urging residents to take home security seriously.

"We hope this sentence acts as a deterrent to others. Offenders will be caught and sent through the courts. Members of the public are urged to continue to report any suspicious activity to police on 101."


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Monday, February 01, 2016

Wholetime firefighters to be recruited in Cambridgeshire

 
 
Wholetime firefighters are to be recruited by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS).
 People interested in becoming what is termed a  'wholetime'  firefighter are asked to call  a dedicated recruitment hotline 01487 830298, which opens at 10am on Saturday, February 6, and then attend one of 10 information events – details of which are on the CFRS website www.cambsfire.gov.uk.
 
Lines are open 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, and 8am until 8pm, Monday to Friday, closing at 8pm on Friday, February 12.
 
There is only one phone line and if it is engaged, people are encouraged to keep trying !!!
 
Lines will close when all 500 spaces at the information events have been filled.
 
Candidates must permanently reside within 10 miles of the boundary of the county of Cambridgeshire, must be 18 on or before September 1, 2016, have five or more A* - C GCSEs or equivalent including maths and English language, be able to swim, hold a full UK driving licence without restrictions and not be subject to any unspent criminal convictions.
 
Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland said: “We have welcomed over 30 new wholetime firefighters into our ranks over the past 18 months and it has been rewarding to watch them become part of our Service. Every single one of our new firefighters has brought something different to CFRS and this reinforces why we want to receive applications from a wide range of people from varying backgrounds and experiences. There is a lot more to being a firefighter than running into burning buildings these days, and we look forward to showing our next cohort of firefighters the importance of keeping their community safe.”
 
Interested candidates will have to attend an information event and undertake a thorough assessment process, including physical assessments and fitness and written tests.
 
For full details about becoming a wholetime firefighter and the selection process, log on to www.cambsfire.gov.uk and follow the link on the homepage.
 



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Home Office releases latest edition of Crime and Policing News Update


 
January edition of the Crime and Policing News Update.

There have been several announcements in January demonstrating the government’s commitment to deliver and accelerate greater joint working between police forces and fire and rescue services. 

On 26 January, the government announced that it will bring in legislation to enable Police and Crime Commissioners to take on responsibility for fire services at local level.  This follows a public consultation which sought views on how to enable greater collaboration between the emergency services.

On 5 January the Prime Minister announced that the Home Office would take over responsibility for fire policy from the Department for Communities and Local Government. 

Mike Penning has now become the Minister for Policing, Fire, Criminal Justice and Victims. These announcements will enable a radical transformation of how the police and fire and rescue services work together, and you can read more about them in the news update.

On 5 January the Prime Minister also announced further changes to Home Office Ministers’ portfolios. 

Security Minister John Hayes has assumed responsibility for serious and organised crime and the Minister for Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime,

Karen Bradley, is now responsible for the Crime Prevention Strategy, wildlife crime, and acquisitive crime, and the drug and alcohol policy areas.

A new Director-General for the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism was appointed on 21 January. Thomas Hurd replaces Charles Farr, who has recently been appointed as the new Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

Mr. Hurd will begin work in April and will be responsible for the Government’s strategy, policy and legislative response to the threats of terrorism and organised crime.

This month’s news update Crime and Policing News Update also has details on reforms to the powers and roles of police staff and volunteers, the Psychoactive Substances Bill and the new policy to tackle gang violence and exploitation.
 

Mary Calam
Director General, Crime and Policing Group




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Community Enforcement Team? Have you seen them in Stanground and Park Farm?




The recently set up Community Enforcement Team currently working out of council offices in Central Peterborough,  effectively replacing traditional policing in Peterborough and surroundings with a multi agency approach has released its report for January 2016.

Bearing in mind that resources are stretched to breaking point, the majority of CET activity has been repeatedly targeted at the problem/slum, high density areas of the City as recorded below. The same highly patrolled neighbourhoods, also have highly vocal Councillors, and the Local MP lives over that way. That pattern is clearly likely to continue.    

You might well wonder what has been happening in South Peterborough, Cardea, Stanground, East Stanground and Fletton. 

You may say very little, we've not seen PCSO's in Park Farm, Stanground Central for some time now.  Simply the Peterborough Tribune, (this blog) has been directing callers / enquiries directly to 101.  

The weight of those calls seems to have prompted the CEF to consider daytime patrols 'at some time in the future' in our South Peterborough neighbourhoods. Simply we currently seem to be getting a below average service, but it will take time for matters to bed in, the good point is that 101 is working much better now and calls are being put through much faster.  

Here is Sgt Warren Bottells, latest report:   

 In January 2016, we have been working on the following issues:-
  
 Twenty three Anti social Behaviour [ASB] investigations reported to Police. These cases vary in complexity but generally involve neighbour disputes and issues around environmental nuisance - groups of persons congregating causing the fear of crime, rowdy behaviour and noisy parties, school bullying.  They sometimes need advice being given, or referrals to other agencies and partnership work within the Safer Peterborough Partnership. We work closely with the Council ASB team, social services, housing and environmental health departments. ASB investigations usually take a couple of months on average to iron out the issue for really complex cases, but can usually be resolved fairly quickly.

One case recently resulted in an application for a criminal behaviour order to be applied for in order to reduce neighbour issues.
  
 We often get calls about Anti-social behaviour that is not targeting anyone in particular but causes a fear of crime and impacts on how members of the public feel about their communities.  We tackle these by conducting patrols. 

In January we have put time in to patrolling the Pyramid Centre in Bretton, we have identified a group of people who seem to hang around for no real reason other than to socialise with each other, in doing so they ride cycles around the centre, they sometimes shout at each other and are generally rowdy.

We will now start some targeted interventions to reduce the ASB being caused, particularly in the evenings. I have arranged for additional patrols by PCSO’s to be conducted 8 times a month in Bretton in support of this work. We will be channelling the younger members of the group to work with the youth in localities team who run a youth club in the centre on Thursday evenings.
  
 We have been patrolling areas of North Bretton and Westwood to reduce the opportunity for robberies to occur, following a spate of robberies in this area. The patrols were conducted by officers in uniform, supported by plain clothes officers on cycles.  We have been conducting some intensive patrols in Paston, particularly in Chadburn, Whitwell, Crabtree and Sheepwalk.

These areas also have an issue with a small group of children who are causing a significant amount of concern within the community, causing damage, being abusive, hanging around, riding bikes at people and causing problems for local shops.

We have started to clamp down on their activities and we are in the process of gathering evidence against some of them so that we can apply for injunctions (formally known as ASBOs) to control their behaviour. We have arrested one youth and reported others for minor offences relating to litter and cycle riding.

We have investigated crimes we suspect they are involved in. We are working closely with Cross Keys Homes who take firm action regarding breaches of tenancy agreements, including by the children and visitors of the tenants. We have referred members of this group to ASB officers in the council for targeted work to reduce offending.
 
 We have been providing a highly visible presence in the City Centre. Keeping an eye on the suspicious, speaking to those causing concern and patrolling vulnerable locations. The City Centre was recently subject to a spate of night time burglaries, so we changed our duties to work later into the night to prevent and deter this criminal activity.
 
 We have conducted patrols in and around the Herlington Centre, particularly Benyon Grove where the residents have been subjected to criminal damage by people using the footpath near to the BMX track. We resolved the spraying of graffiti on fences in the alleyway by getting the youths responsible to clean it off, writing apology letters and explaining their actions to the homeowners. (this work is ongoing    

We have applied for and executed a warrant in Montague Road, which resulted in 2 persons being found in possession of Class B drugs.  We have engaged with one of our most prolific criminals resulting in an arrest and charge for volume crime offences.
 
 We recently policed a demonstration held in the city centre and changed duties to assist in the Policing of the City Centre during the night at the weekends. We have also assisted with the Holocaust memorial event held recently.
 
 We have had a meeting with youth workers to look at a project designed to reduce illegal motorbike riding in the short term.  

 Looking forward to February we will be conducting daytime patrols around  Central Park, working within the Regional college and conducting ASB patrols in the evenings around Orton Malborne, Paston, Hampton Court, Lutton Grove, The Pyramid Centre.

 Looking further on, we are projecting patrol locations to be in and around Orton Goldhay, Dogsthorpe, Woodston, Stanground and Hampton Hargate.
  
 I hope you have found this information reassuring and gives you an insight into the type of work we have been doing.    

Regards 
Sgt Warren Bottell / Community Enforcement Team / Bayard Place
07921095111




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Sunday, January 31, 2016

GUNTHORPE: AFTERNOON DOG WALKER STABBED BY KNIFEMAN DRIVING WHITE VAN



Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in Gunthorpe, Peterborough on Saturday afternoon, January 30.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was walking his dog in Gunthorpe Ridings at around 4.15pm when he was approached by a man in a white van.

The man jumped out of the vehicle and accused the victim of stealing his dog, before pulling out a black coloured knife and then stabbing the dog walker in the back.

The assailant made off in the white van, leaving the seriously injured victim with injuries to his lower back and hand.

The victim although injured, bravely made his way to the nearby Harrier public house, an ambulance was called, the victim triaged then transferred to Peterborough City Hospital. He's since been discharged but needs surgery on his hand, to be carried out at Addenbrooke's Hospital within 24 hours ie Sunday.

DC Paul Twell said: "The offender is described as:
Black,
mid to late 30s,
about 5' 10",
skinny,
with afro style hair,
wore a grey jumper
and blue jeans.

"I urge anyone who witnessed the assault or knows who is responsible to contact police immediately. I would like to reassure members of the public,  we believe this was an isolated incident and do not believe there is any threat to the wider community."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or via their online reporting system at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.


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SIR TERRY WOGAN,77, DIES AFTER A SHORT BATTLE WITH CANCER



Julian Bray writes: Very sad to report that 'National Treasure', legendary broadcaster and former Banker Sir Terry Wogan,77, has died after a short battle against Cancer. Although I have worked with him in broadcasting circles, I have other fond private memories of Terry.  When running a PR company, in the 1970's  I once professionally hired Terry to open the huge Hallmark Cards shop at the Brent Cross Shopping Centre in north London.  

My client was greatly impressed when Terry produced 500 photographs, following the formal ribbon cutting, and delivered a not so short, witty speech over the PA system.  That would have been his duties completed,  but no, he called for a table and two chairs, and signed those five hundred photographs, whilst having an individual conversation with each signing.

I asked him why he put so much into it and he replied: "They are my future and yours too. I value them, they'll all be TOGS (Terrys Old Geezers) one day, and I clearly need to sign them up early. Besides my picture in their eyes, and on their mantelpiece, will never age!"   



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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Two years jail for female robber Emma Holman, 33,


A female robber who assaulted an elderly man riding a mobility scooter and stole his wallet, has been locked up for two years.

Emma Holman, 33, of Palmerston Road, in Peterborough, approached the elderly man in Fletton High Street at about 5.30pm on August 24 2015 then assaulted him before stealing the victims £200 in cash.

The gentleman, in his 80s, was on his way home, having withdrawn £200 from a nearby cash machine (ATM). He sustained minor injuries.

Holeman pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery, at a previous hearing and was sentenced to two years in prison at Peterborough Crown Court on Thursday, January 28.

Detective Constable Kevin Poole said: "This was a particularly cowardly attack on an elderly man who had no means to defend himself and was left traumatised by the incident.

"The sentence handed out today reflects the serious nature of the attack."

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VIOLENT ROBBERS BATTER YUMMY CHIPPY WORKER IN DOGSTHORPE BAG AND PHONE SNATCH



Cambridgeshire Police have released images of a robbery at a fish and chip shop in Peterborough.

A male staff member was preparing the days catch for the fryer in a back food prep room of the Yummy Fish and Chip Bar in Dogsthorpe Road at about 10.30am on Thursday, January 7. The employee then heard at knock at the back door.

He was expecting someone, so opened the door but was suddenly confronted by a male who punched him to the floor. Three other men ran in and ransacked the premises.

The male staffer was held down while the men stole a black bag with the handles cut off, containing keys, a wallet, bank cards, some money and a hat and scarf! The thugs also pinched a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (white mobile phone) and a Samsung S3 mobile phone.

The victim was punched again, and only then let go by the man who immediately ran out of the back of the shop with his accomplices to a waiting silver Mercedes C Class getaway car.

The shop was shut at the time of the robbery.

Investigating Officer DC Fran Scott,  said: "This was a terrible experience for the victim who was taken completely by surprise while trying to prepare food.

"I would ask anyone who thinks they might know who was involved in this robbery or maybe saw the Mercedes before or after the raid to get in touch."

Anyone with information should contact DC Scott on 101or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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Cambs Police need to trace Valerijs Pudovs, 48, (Do NOT Approach) re serious assault against a female in Peterborough

Valerijs Pudovs, 48, Police would like to trace him in connection with
 a serious assault in Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire Police have issued a picture of Valerijs Pudovs, 48, a man they want to trace in connection with a serious assault in Peterborough.

Detectives want to speak to Mr Pudovs, about an assault on a 27-year-old woman at a property in Brynmore, Bretton, at about 10.30am on Monday January 25 2016..

The victim was rushed to Peterborough City Hospital with serious, but not life threatening injuries, and after medical treatment subsequently discharged.

Members of the public are asked not to approach Mr Pudovs but to immediately call police on 999 if they see him.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DISABLED TEENAGER WINS LATEST APPEAL COURT LEGAL CHALLENGE TO 'BEDROOM TAX'



A victim of domestic violence and the grandparents of a severely disabled teenager have won the latest round of their challenges against the lawfulness of the so-called ''bedroom tax''.  reports Press Association

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London ruled in their favour following a hearing in November.

One case, brought by A - a single mother living in a three-bedroom council house fitted with a secure panic room to protect her from a violent ex-partner - concerns the effect of the policy on women living in Sanctuary Scheme homes.

The other, brought by grandparents Paul and Sue Rutherford, of Clunderwen, Pembrokeshire, involves its impact on seriously disabled children who need overnight care.

In both cases it was argued that the policy, which came into force in April 2013, unlawfully discriminates against women and domestic violence victims and against children in the situation of the Rutherfords' grandson, Warren.

The Government rejects the term ''bedroom tax'' and says the regulations remove what is in fact a ''spare room subsidy'', with the aim of encouraging people to move to smaller properties and save around £480 million a year from the housing benefit bill.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, Lord Justice Tomlinson and Lord Justice Vos announced that they were allowing the appeals in both cases on the ground that the "admitted discrimination in each case ... has not been justified by the Secretary of State".

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was given permission to challenge the Court of Appeal's ruling at the Supreme Court.



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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

OFCOM PUBLIC MEETING IS ON FEBRUARY 1st HELP SHAPE THE PROPOSED ANNUAL PLAN



 

Ofcom is holding public meetings
across the UK
to hear people's views
on its

proposed Annual Plan for 2016/17.

The meetings will provide an opportunity for anyone with an interest in the regulation of the communications markets to discuss Ofcom's approach. Each meeting will begin with a brief presentation, after which there will be an opportunity to comment and ask questions.

Monday, January 25, 2016

POLITICAL POLLING? ITS ALL DOWN TO MAD MEN NOT FOCUS GROUPS



"In June last year, soon after the general election, acting leader of the Labour party, Harriet Harman, got in touch. She wanted to commission voter research to help to understand why Labour lost. I, along with colleagues, Ben Shimshon and Cordelia Hay, undertook that work and conducted focus groups in places with particularly disappointing results (Croydon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nuneaton, Watford). Our report was intended to sit alongside Margaret Beckett’s review, finally released this week. However, it remains unpublished."

The big political row at the moment is over how the Labour Party fared during the last General Election. For the record, I did tell a local activist Labour would lose - and why- that was six months before the election date.  ITV's new political editor young Peston trumpeted that he had obtained the original report. Imagine my utter disappointment to find the report just related to four focus groups.

I say disappointing as it was in 1973 I helped introduce to the UK FOCUS GROUPS! I conducted some of the first focus groups in the UK based on a model imported by the advertising agency Foote Cone & Belding (FCB) from Madison Avenue, by way of Wall Street in the USA. FCB was set up in Baker Street London and yes the décor and staff straight out of MAD MEN. Wonderful stuff! Legendary Lunches too ...

My lasting criticism of how the focus group methodology has been hijacked and torn apart by political policy wonks has been commented on and 21st Century ,so called political research is simply based on the simple fact that they are not doing it right and therefore the results cannot be relied upon. THEY ARE GETTING IT ALL WRONG. This is why.

Focus Groups dictate that the end purpose isn't revealed to the panel.  Panel selection is based on deep and careful socioeconomic profiling, to reflect the target audience required.  The 'book' or script for the focus group ie questions asked, situations or products handled. is prepared and pre-tested.  Two or three versions are prepared. 

The hidden (it used to be one way glass) control group of colleagues - these days should see the output of the group via a video link - would then feed in additional materials depending on the focus group outcome.  Then six weeks later,  a core (turnkey) group of the original panel, again demographically weighted, would be re-interviewed. Then and only then would the report be written up and the metadata considered.

A million miles away from the dire Focus Group lite approach adopted these days. The problem being, the groups are not giving out meaningful data, which can be used, but just a series of random unconnected 'starbursts' as we used to call them. No wonder the election polling is all to pot! It's not likely to improve either...


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A local community radio station held In Breach by OFCOM, possible cautionary lessons for our region?





Ofcom have just published an 'In Breach' notice concerning a local community radio station, in another region.  Its worth noting that all this, is simply the result of a member of the public picking up on a single 'news' item and reporting the content (as is their right) to Ofcom. Anyone can do it, and clearly they do. 

So volunteers in Peterborough being urged by some groups to offer their time and expertise for free, and possibly commercial firms being 'tapped up' for financial resources and equipment  in return for 'promotional' recognition, in advance of any formal Ofcom application and a required Comux linked agreement may well be the subject of a full blown Ofcom enquiry, and its eventual official publication for all to see...... clearly better for all potential applicants, and those thinking of investing to first 'bone' up on the  extensive OFCOM regulations before signing anything...
 
Bay FM News
Bay FM Radio, 13 October 2015, 15:00
Introduction
 
Bay FM Radio is a community radio station targeting the Exmouth area. The licence for Bay FM Radio is held by Bay FM Radio Limited ("Bay FM" or "the Licensee").

A complainant alerted Ofcom to a news item, which the complainant considered was not duly accurate.


 
On assessing this content, we noted that during an edition of Bay FM News, there was a news item that referred to the scale of Bay FM Radio’s listenership in the local area. In the news item, the newsreader said the following:

"A recent independent survey on 499 residents in Exmouth indicates that Bay FM is paving the way in popularity and hitting the spot locally, with only Heart reaching 0.8 per cent more than Bay FM, and station manager Andy Green is delighted".


BURNS NIGHT - ADDRESS TO A HAGGIS - the verses in full

 

Cutting the Haggis

 

Address to a Haggis

Julian Bray writes:  My mother was a proud Stewart, and I grew up in Doonfoot, just a stones throw away from Alloway, Ayr, Scotland and the birthplace of the Scottish Poet Robert Burns.

Tonight, the world over is Burns Night and you'll be needing the Address to the Haggis. The Haggis ( a fearsome beastie) is served with bashed neeps and tatties (mashed).

The gravy is a large 1/4 gill single Malt whisky, first drink a wee dram and then if you must, pour the rest over the steaming innards of the haggis, once it has been ritually stabbed at the point indicated... for those of a nervous disposition, a rough translation is also provided ( additional bragging rights...)   Enjoy your night...  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

HOME GROWN NEO-POLICE FORCE SET TO PROWL PETERBOROUGH CITY STREETS -

Buy your own on the internet...



PBROTRIB COMMENTS: So it looks as if the City of Peterborough will be getting 'a sort of unqualified 'cheap' neo-police force, even though its subject to a 'call-in' the full document is buried on the PCC website but the areas of concern for us citizens are highlighted in red below.


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NO! ITS THE IPO MOB !!! ( refers back to an early Ealing Comedies film starring the late Peter Sellers  ).... THIS REALLY ISN'T A POLICEMAN... you can tell by the size of his wand....err aerial!


We think the idea of 'Bouncers' - possibly SIA trained on our streets (or even hired out by the PCC!) as a cost saving measure really is the thin end of the wedge. They might not have power of arrest but faced with an assailant armed with a weapon, who knows where this will all end?  By the time this is all set up, it would have been cheaper to simply ring fence existing police budgets. You really could not make this up....

STRONG AND SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITIES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
AGENDA ITEM NO. 7
WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY 2016 PUBLIC REPORT


Joint Report of the Service Director for Adult Services and Communities and the Peterborough Area Commander for Cambridgeshire Constabulary


Contact Officer(s) – Adrian Chapman, Service Director for Adult Services and Communities Contact Details – 01733 863887, adrian.chapman@peterborough.gov.uk


JOINT COMMUNITY ENFORCEMENT TEAM 1. PURPOSE 1.1 To present to the scrutiny committee the concept, rationale and proposed development of a city-wide multi-agency joint enforcement team.

2. RECOMMENDATIONS 2.1 That the committee scrutinise the content of this report, endorse the proposed direction of travel and make any additional recommendations they feel appropriate before recommending the approach to Cabinet for approval.

3. LINKS TO THE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY STRATEGY 3.1 The ambition of the Sustainable Community Strategy is to deliver a bigger and better Peterborough taking advantage of the inherent opportunities we have and at the same time tackling the challenges we face in order to deliver a higher quality of life for all.  This proposal will contribute to this overall vision and contribute to the outcome of:
 ‘Making Peterborough more cohesive and safer’ – so that people of all ages and abilities can live, work and play in a prosperous and successful Peterborough without undue crime or fear of crime’.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Labours' shadow chancellor John McDonnell at the Fleet Centre on Thursday 21st January 2016

 

 

Community activist Chris York tells us that Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell will be dropping into Peterborough on Thursday January 21 2016.
 

Is PETERBOROUGH TELEGRAPH "up for sale"??? Publisher to offload unnamed titles...

The way we were ....'hot metal' typesetting

UK Press Gazette are today reporting:  Johnston Press has identified "a number of brands" that are not "part of its long-term future" and put them up for sale.

The regional newspaper publisher has not named the titles, but said a "process has been initiated to explore the sale of these assets to identified parties".

Asked for more details about which titles have been put up for sale, a Johnston Press spokesperson said: “We have a very clear portfolio strategy this year and will be focusing on three key areas that can help us return to overall growth: audiences (delivering the right content and advertising to the right audiences); geographies (focusing on our brands which are in markets where there is potential for growth) and serving our higher-yielding customers ever better to ensure we get our local display advertising business back to growth (our national advertising business, helped by the 1XL digital advertising network, is already in growth).

THE EAGLES FOUNDER MEMBER GLENN FREY HAS DIED




A message on THE EAGLES website confirms that founding member/guitarist GLENN FREY has died at the age of 67. FREY had surgery in NOVEMBER and has been suffering from intestinal issues for months. He relapsed before the holidays, forcing THE EAGLES to pull out of their KENNEDY CENTER appearance in DECEMBER

."GLENN fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia," the message stated.

"The FREY family would like to thank everyone who joined GLENN to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide."

Fellow EAGLE DON HENLEY issued the following statement:

“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that THE EAGLES were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to LOS ANGELES with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry — and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, IRVING AZOFF, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But GLENN was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. 

He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit. He was funny, bull-headed, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved is wife and kids more than anything. We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year “History of THE EAGLES Tour” to a triumphant close at the end of JULY and now he is gone. 

I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with GLENN LEWIS FREY in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.”

TRAVIS TRITT has released a statement regarding the passing of his long time friend:"GLENN FREY and the music he created alone and with THE EAGLES have been such an inspiration to me. We first met at the video shoot for my version of ‘Take It Easy’ in 1993. He always went out of his way to acknowledge and encourage me ever since. I'm a better person, better musician and a better songwriter having met him. I still can't believe he is gone!"

FULL STORY: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/149551/report-the-eagles-glenn-frey-passes?ref=mail_bulletin

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OUR HUMAN RIGHT TO LAMPOON AND CRITICISE POLITICIANS

THE HIGH COURT has ruled....People have a right to lampoon and criticise politicians and public officials under the Human Rights Act, the High Court has ruled.

We have the full High Court judgment, saved as a page on here. l

ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).


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