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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Straw Fox exercise tests regional firefighters multi disciplined response

Expert fire crews from across the region joined forces to test their skills at a firefighting exercise.
Nearly 50 operational staff from four fire and rescue services took part in Exercise Straw Fox in Abbots Ripton, Huntingdonshire, on Wednesday April 27.
Specialist vehicles from Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk descended upon the site of the Secret Garden Party for the exercise, which utilised each of the fire and rescue service’s respective national assets.
The scenario was a fire at a large manor house in the grounds and saw 6km of hose laid around the site and machinery set up to pump water from the on-site lakes.
Exercise organiser Watch Commander Ian Smith, part of Cambridgeshire’s resilience team, said: “Exercise Straw Fox was a resilience training opportunity in the East to test our regional working and best practise using national assets, like the hose layer and high volume pump that we have here in Cambridgeshire.
“These exercises take a great deal of planning and are very important as not only do they give us the chance to hone our skills in unfamiliar territory but also days like this enable us to foster our relationships with those in neighbouring fire services. We would like to thank the land owner for allowing us to use this huge space, and also our partner agencies for facilitating the event.”

For further information, contact Leanne Ehren, Media and Communication Officer at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, on 01480 444558 or 07747113255.

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The way we were. Peterborough Telegraph front page 

With a major political row over anti Semitism erupting, Ken Livingstone (close friend Jeremy Corbyn) now suspended from the Labour Party, pending an investigation and two Police forces facing a £20 million class action, following Hillsborough; David Cameron has 'uexpectedly' found time to drop into Peterborough to visit the last remaining viable engineering plant in the City of Peterborough, Caterpillar Perkins.

The USA owned Perkins Diesel company a supplier to Caterpillar Inc. since the 1970s, Perkins was bought by Caterpillar in 1998 for US$1.325 billion.  David Cameron is already at the factory this afternoon explaining to the workforce, why prospects look so grim and engineering apprentices seeking work elsewhere (one we know of, became so fed up at Perkins, he is now working at B&Q , happy to pass his details onto Mr Jackson, he has an interesting tale to tell).

The Press however wanted to concentrate on the impending implosion within the Labour Party over Ken Livingstones alleged crass 'anti-semetic remarks' - a situation helpfully fuelled by Lord Alan Sugar (who resigned from the Labour Party, claiming its now run by lunatics) in a series of studio interviews frantically pouring petrol onto the fire, calling for Ken Livingstone claiming that 'Hitler was a Zionist - in 1932 ** ' to be investigated for bringing the party into disrepute.

** In an historical note, : Livingstone is wrong, On August 25, 1933, the Nazis signed the Haavara Agreement with Zionists allowing German Jews to emigrate to Palestine—by 1939, 60,000 German Jews had emigrated there. However, their policy soon changed to one of brutal total extermination.

Mr Cameron briefly to toured the factory, and gave a pro EC pep talk (jacket off but wearing a black tie)  to workers, hopefully to answer a few selected questions on the EC referendum. But little of that will reach the airwaves.... 
The way we were..... City of Peterborough

Conservative MP for the grotty part of Peterborough Stewart Jackson, with teeth gritted welcomed the guest to the city, but didn't miss an opportunity to hurl a few sods of fenland turf his way. 

Our favourite (as in Marmite) back bench parliamentary representative, possibly lingering over a House of Commons subsidised late night Claret, has taken to referencing Facebook to vent his frustration. The language is far too fruity, for tender ears...    

“I’m glad that the Prime Minister in his role as head of the Remain campaign is visiting Peterborough, and he is warmly welcome.

“He will no doubt explain how the Remain policy of Turkish accession to the European Union and open borders will sit with huge local pressure on school places, policing, housing and healthcare in our area, and how future uncontrolled immigration will safeguard and secure my constituents from terrorist outrages.

“I think it will be an uphill struggle to show voting Remain isn’t a huge risk, and a vote to leave, means self governing democracy, making our own spending priorities and controlling our own borders.”

Clearly not a fan .... Camerons driver is advised to keep the motor running, its a fast run back to Downing Street and safer terri-TORY (see what we did there?)

Meanwhile the works band strikes up "Springtime for Hitler" from the hit musical The Producers.. no we made that bit up...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016


For those following matters relating to a project to bring a form of 'local television' to Peterborough. We expect to have some interesting news within the next two weeks.

All we suggest is that if anyone is seeking to offer a contribution, supply facilities or a financial donation to support such a venture, you simply sit on your hands for a couple of weeks, and lock away your cheque book. 

Simply do not part with any cash or facilities, or enter into any form of contract, arrangement or agreement.  Sign nothing.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Closure at last...

Courtesy Sky News

Statements from the CPS, IPCC and Operation Resolve following Hillsborough inquests verdict


Following the conclusion of the Hillsborough inquests, the following statements have been issued on behalf of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), Operation Resolve and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS):

Sue Hemming, Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division at the CPS said: "Following the inquest's determinations the CPS team will continue to work closely with Operation Resolve and the IPCC as in due course, the CPS will formally consider whether any criminal charges should be brought against any individual or corporate body based upon all the available evidence, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"We would ask that everyone is mindful of the continuing investigations and the potential for future criminal proceedings when reporting or publicly commenting on the inquest's conclusions."

IPCC Deputy Chair, Rachel Cerfontyne, said: "The conclusion of the inquests is another milestone and a day when my thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died as a result of the disaster.

"Now the inquests have ended our role in providing documents and other material to support the Coroner is over. However the end of the inquests does not mark the end of the process. Our attention now focuses on concluding our criminal investigation into the aftermath of the disaster. This is by far the biggest and most complex investigation ever undertaken by the IPCC.

"We have made significant progress on the investigation and we will continue to work closely with Operation Resolve and the Crown Prosecution Service to pursue our remaining lines of enquiry as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. I anticipate we will conclude the criminal investigations by the turn of the year."

The Officer in Overall Command of Operation Resolve, Assistant Commissioner Jon Stoddart, said: "Today is a day for the families. They have fought hard for many years for these new inquests and today brings an end to this particular part of their journey. My thoughts and those of my team are with the families and friends of the 96 as they take stock of what has happened over the past two years at the court in Warrington and begin to understand the determinations of the jury.

"For the past two years, my team has supported the Coroner, Sir John Goldring, and provided him with thousands of documents, witness statements and reports to assist him in conducting these inquests. While completing this task, my team has also been carrying out a criminal investigation.

"Now that the inquests have concluded my sole focus is on completing the criminal investigation which I expect will be finished by the turn of the year. It will then be for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider the evidence and decide whether any individual or organisation should face criminal prosecution."


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Monday, April 25, 2016


JAGUAR XL Limousine XJ (Click on pic to enlarge)
"The new XJ is Jaguar's pinnacle saloon car, the perfect combination of
cutting-edge technology, sporting vehicle dynamics, and opulent luxury".


 Dear Sir / Madam,

Your request for information, with reference number CRN1604100849 has now been considered and the information requested is given below.

Information Request
Would you kindly confirm where (and if)  the devolution document aka 'deal' reproduced below (there are supposedly two versions) have been considered in open council and that an open debate has taken place and kindly direct me to the transcript.

Also confirm that it has not been signed off 'in camera'  by the Leader or Deputy Leader if it has, kindly direct me to the legal authority for such a 'deal' so It may be properly considered.

I also understand that an expensive new Jaguar motor car (product of an Indian owned company)  has been leased and is currently gathering dust outside the back of the Town Hall, 'for the Mayor'

Will this be handed over to the directly elected Mayor or will the good citizens of Peterborough continue to pay for this once he/she is in position ? 

You'll understand the council has just published yet another  'austerity' budget and suffering cuts in ESA, and disability PIP payments,  

It is usual for the Mayoral car to bear a gilded crest or coat of arms on the passenger side doors, if only to ensure the vehicle is instantly recognised at all times as being used exclusively for official business, we would hate to think that the limo is being used by individual officials for the weekly Tesco or Lidi shop or even a sly weekend away in Mablethorpe? 

This of course would be in addition to its annual trip to Buckingham Palace for the Garden Party - given as one of the justifications for the new motor.

Peterborough Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured in Peterborough.

Peterborough Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured in Peterborough.

An altercation took place just after midnight near Barclays Bank on Lincoln Road.

The victim was speaking to the occupants of a dark coloured vehicle when it drove off dragging him along the road.

He's now in Addenbrookes in a serious condition.
A man in his 20’s has been arrested and is currently in custody at Thorpe Wood police station.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 and ask for DS Mark Nicholls, alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

BHS IN ADMINISTRATION (including PETERBOROUGH BHS in Queensgate ) 11am MONDAY' and #POSH manager leaves...

"The loss-making retailer had warned its creditors that they stood to lose as much as £1.3bn if they did not support its proposed company voluntary arrangement (CVA). "

THE GUARDIAN REPORTED: More than a third of an £8.4m loan taken out of BHS by its new owners in March last year went to four directors who were part of the consortium, handing them a multimillion-pound windfall just days after buying the struggling department store chain.

The Guardian understands that £3m was shared between four directors of Retail Acquisitions Limited – Dominic Chappell, the man who led the buyout of BHS, Eddie Parladorio, Mark Tasker and Stephen Bourne, who has since resigned. Chappell is thought to have received the largest portion of the funds.

Retail Acquisitions took the loan out of BHS days after buying the business for £1 from Sir Philip Green. It has said the loan was for professional and financing fees.

£1 richer....Sir Philip Green is on the right...

MONDAY UPDATE: At 8:10 am Monday morning, the BBC are confirming that BHS WILL enter into Administration at around 11am today. 164 Stores and 11,000 staff are affected.

Former racing driver and discharged bankrupt,  and BHS boss Dominic Chappell said no one is to blame for the collapse.

He told the Press Association: "No one is to blame. It was a combination of bad trading and not being able to raise enough money from the property portfolio.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Peterborough Community Enforcement Team April Report


The Peterborough Tribune is always delighted to publish news of the actions being put into place by the small 8 strong council /police enforcement team, but again we sadly have to report there is little in Sgt Bottells' message below covering Stanground, Fletton, Park Farm and Cardea neighbourhoods.  

We fully understand the much publicised budget and manpower limitations but that train left the station with the outgoing council; there still has to be a way of ensuring the populations of Peterborough South get a visible, and fair share of the remaining available resources. Because it clearly isn't happening.

Friday, April 22, 2016


Library picture

A 46-year-old male believed to be living in Park Farm was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of murder, following the 'unexplained death' of a middle aged man in Park Farm, Peterborough. In a later statement Peterborough Police confirmed that  both a man and a woman had been arrested in connection with the death.

It is the latest of a series of serious incidents recorded over the last few years in this neighbourhood.  Park Farm Way was the scene of frenetic police activity for most of Friday following the 7:30am arrest of the two suspects.



As EU imposes rail privatisation – RMT says "vote to Leave"

The European Parliament’s decision this week to back the opening up of all rail routes across the EU to more competition for private operators was just one more reason to vote Leave on June 23, transport union RMT said today.

Under the proposals in the EU’s so-called Fourth Railway Package, train operators would have complete access to the networks of member states to operate domestic passenger services.

The European Council had already agreed that mandatory competitive tendering should be the main way of awarding public service contracts.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said that the failed Tory privatisation of rail over twenty years ago using EU directive 91/440 was now being imposed on 500 million people by EU diktat without a mandate.

“This rail package is designed to privatise railways across Europe and its proposals are remarkably similar to the McNulty report on the future of GB railways, imposing further fragmentation and attacks on workers.

“McNulty, the Tory government and the EU share the business-led mania for privatisation and agree on the need to jack up fares and attack jobs, pay and pensions to pay for it, no-one has voted for that.

“It is impossible to make changes to this privatisation juggernaut inside the undemocratic EU so the only solution is to get out by voting Leave on June 23,” he said.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Julian Bray writes: Sorry to hear of the death of Victoria Wood , 62,  I met her a few times on the school run to an infants School in Highbury London. I was living in Crouch End at the time. Just like any other Mum waiting in the Playground for the school to open to see her child in.  A huge talent and personality, sadly taken way too soon. Sincere condolences to her family.   

The BBC Obituary :

Victoria Wood - who has died at the age of 62 - was one of the UK's best-loved entertainers with a career spanning more than four decades.

Sunday, April 17, 2016


Easyjet or Virgin? WRONG! Ready for action. State of the art firefighters kit rolls out this week. More than 500 operational members of staff at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service have been kitted out in the new uniform, with over 6,500 items issued across the Service 

Firefighters attending incidents in Cambridgeshire and beyond...will look a little different from today (Monday)

New dark navy and orange protective firefighting kit and yellow helmets replace the blue and yellow clothing the public have seen Cambridgeshire crews wear to fight fires for over a decade.
From Monday, April 18 the new kit will be rolled out and by Friday all of the county’s firefighters will respond to all calls wearing the new uniform.
Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland said: “This protective kit uses the latest technology in firefighter clothing and is ergonomically designed to provide our crews with the very best protection.
“The safety of our firefighters is of the utmost importance to us and a host of options went through rigorous testing before our staff chose the very best fit for them.

The kit is lighter in weight, breathable and offers more support for the wearer and we are proud to know we are the first fire and rescue service in the country to utilise this latest technology in protective clothing for our staff.”

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Innovate or risk irrelevance, new report warns TV news providers

What some experts are calling another nail in regional and local television broadcasting is a new hard hitting report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, they say traditional television viewing is falling, and the rapid rise of online video viewing continues. If television news providers fail to respond to these profound shifts in how people use media, they risk eventually becoming irrelevant, as this new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford warns.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tragic death prompts electric blanket advisory by Cambs Fire Chief

                             Electric Blanket Blaze:  Library Picture courtesy Jersey Fire & Rescue

Take care storing electric blankets and get rid of old ones is the message from fire officers following the inquest of a Cambridgeshire pensioner.
Kenneth Williams, 95, died due to smoke inhalation following a fire in his home on November 21 last year.
Firefighters were met with heavy smoke when they were called to the property in City Road, Cambridge.  They found a smouldering fire involving a large reclining chair and other objects in the living room. Sadly Mr Williams was deceased in a downstairs bedroom area.
Fire investigators discovered evidence an electric blanket used in the chair started the fire.
Station Commander Martin Brown, Fire Investigator, said: “It was a frosty winter’s night and understandably Mr Williams had probably tried to keep himself warm by using an electric blanket. However, this electric blanket was left on his reclining chair, overheated, and caused a fire, which was burning for several hours before the fire service was called.
“As we enter Spring and the cold nights are hopefully behind us, we are asking residents, and those who have elderly friends or relatives, to inspect electric blankets. If they are old and look a little worse for wear, throw them out now so you are not tempted to use them next winter. If an electric blanket is in good working order then store it correctly, according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If they are stuffed in a cupboard this can often cause the filaments inside to become damaged and as a result, are more likely to overheat and cause a fire.”
Mr Williams was sadly one of two elderly men who died in house fires in a 24-hour period. Following these deaths, CFRS identified addresses of 1,000 men, over the age of 90 who are living alone and to date, 300 of these have received home fire safety visits from fire service staff to try and reduce their risk of fire in the home.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging the community to look out for elderly and vulnerable people to help them identify those who may be most at risk.
Martin added: “Things like overloaded plug sockets and using lots of electric blankets and heaters, combined with being elderly, can make someone more vulnerable to fire. All of these things are key signs to look out for and we’re asking the public to be our eyes and ears in the community.”
If you know someone who is vulnerable or who you think could benefit from a free visit from the fire service, call 0800 917 9999 or apply for a home fire safety check online through our partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council:  https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/site/xfp/scripts/xforms_form.aspx?formID=243&language=en

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In what was clearly the 'mother of all bitchslaps' (and not to Sir Henry Bellinghams' liking either) in the full glare of television cameras  - as described by one outgoing councillor - the following resolution was eventually recorded:

Peterborough City Council Agreed at Council Meeting

(28 for, 20 against, 3 abstentions)

This Council notes the announcement by the Chancellor of a devolution deal for the East [of England] in

his budget on 16th March [2016]. But, regrets that the deal, in its current form appears not to be acceptable to this Council.

This Council resolves to:

(i) Set up a Cross Party Working Group of Council to robustly examine the  contents of the proposal from Government as well as receiving the results of  the engagement/consultation with stakeholders, and the public, with a view to assisting this Council when it meets in June 2016 to determine whether to
continue with the statutory consultation.

(ii) In parallel to (i) above, work with Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council in support of its discussions with Government concerning the desire for a devolution deal to be based on a Peterborough and Cambridgeshire geography and, in particular, advocate for opportunities to join with other Council’s [SIC] surrounding Peterborough who represent a key part  of Peterborough’s [SIC] economic geography.
(iii) Request that the Chief Executive write to the Secretary of State for Local  Government to bring this resolution to his attention.

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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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A journalist:

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