Monday, 20 February 2017

Not As 'Damaged' As We'd All Have Liked...

Mills' defence barrister, Ian Wilkinson, said the teenager was an "extremely damaged man", with his background being from the travelling community.
...but maybe his fellow inmates will remedy this, post-haste.
“The only way he can make amends is to lead a law abiding life, and not behave in such an appalling way in the future."
Odds? Close to zero.
The court heard no names of others who were involved in the shooting of the cats.
No parole until he names them.

H/T: Dick Puddlecote via Twitter

I Don't Think You're Achieving Much...

Next term, the 20 existing patrollers will not return to work, Barking and Dagenham council leader Darren Rodwell confirmed on Thursday.
The £165,000-a-year annual service would be over at the “end of March”, he said.
“We want the service to be delivered, we just can’t afford to pay for it,” he said.
And another Baby Seal looks up trustingly as the club descends...
Pat Fredericks, 69, has worked as a lollipop lady at Ripple Primary School for 37 years.
“I think it’s a big shame,” said Pat, who has received no official notification that the service will end.
“We aren’t just stopping the cars, we also educate the children on how to cross. It will be very dangerous without us.”
I often drive through Dagenham and I have to say, you're doing a pretty lousy job, if the number of kids blithely walking out in front of me without looking is anything to go by...

Sunday, 19 February 2017

'Lost: One Caps Lock Key. If Found...'

'...please return to editor of 'Southend Echo' website.'

Hmmm, Your Argument Is Convincing...

Does it really, 'Barking and Dagenham Post'? Any evidence?

*turns page*


Sunday Funnies...

If they'd released No 3 with this feature, I can only imagine who'd be first choice in the 'Guardian' break room...

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Selective Reading...

Lea Ledesma made a series of mistakes which led to the death of Ali Huseyin, 76, at London Heart Hospital on May 7, 2014.
The grandfather was recovering from a successful heart bypass when she gave him type AB blood instead of group O. He died the same day.
Ledesma, 49, tried to pin her fatal mistake on a colleague in the intensive care unit.
Remember what I said at the time, over at 'OoL'? Did anyone bet on a custodial?

If you didn't, congratulations!
There were jubilant scenes from the former nurse and her supporters at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday as she was spared jail.
The public gallery was packed with dozens of her family, friends and former hospital colleagues, many of whom had written letters of support for her.
Ledesma, of Stevenage in Hertfordshire, wept and hugged relatives after being given an 18-month suspended sentence and a community work order.
They formed a prayer circle in the courtroom and could be heard praising God and thanking Jesus.
Funny, I thought the Bible had things to say about bearing false witness...
The court usher eventually asked them to leave after they continued chanting and celebrating for several minutes. The group then posed for pictures inside the building before being stopped by court staff.
Extraordinary behaviour. It's almost as if she's won the lottery. Apparently, though, you get much better odds on winning the British 'justice' system.

Yes, The Message It Sends Is 'It's Totes Worth It!'...

Det Con Georgina Black said she was pleased that the Quirks have been brought to justice
“They have shown no remorse for their crime and have failed to admit their guilt throughout.”
She thanked Mr Cook for his help with the investigation and added: “I hope this will send a clear warning to anyone else who thinks it is okay to steal from their employer.”
Oh, really?
The Quirks were charged with theft by employee on March 9 2016 and found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court on December 7.
Seven other employees were found not guilty. On Friday January 13 Mr Quirk was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service.
His 52-year-old wife received an eight-month sentence, also suspended for 24 months, and 100 hours of community services.
Both have to pay a victim surcharge of £100.
And the amount they stole? Estimated to be hundreds of thousands of pounds...
Kevin Quirk managed the butcher’s shop, whilst his wife Brenda was the sales supervisor, and between them they stole a vast quantity of cash from their boss over nine years.
Rob Cook bought the shop in 2006, and realised in 2015 that for the entire time, a second till had been used for all cash sales after 4.45pm every Monday to Thursday.
Yes, Mr Quirk is evidently an idiot but....hundreds of thousands of pounds, and they get suspended sentances?

Friday, 17 February 2017

But...But....Local Council Cuts!

A new skate park will be built in Southend town centre in a bid to get nuisance youths off the streets.
The plans - spearheaded by James Courtenay, councillor responsible for children and learning - have been five years in the making.
Wait, what? I thought the Terrible Tory Cuts had left gaping holes in the council's budget?
Skaters and bikers currently use a makeshift park outside Southend Victoria station, on the corner of Victoria Avenue, and Queensway, but Mr Courtenay wants to give them a permanent base.
No, it's not 'a makeshift park' at all! It's just the pavement. Hence why the council spent yet more money trying to discourage them with new flowerbeds.
“When I joined the council in 2012 I went out on lots of visits, I talked to children and young adults and social workers of youth offenders.
“I also spoke to the youth council and I asked everyone what they wanted. The idea for a skate park came up. There are a lot of skaters that use the area outside Southend Victoria as a makeshift skating park but they need an official park.
“I had a lot of resistance to the idea and there was an argument that there were already facilities in Leigh and Shoebury but the point was that if you couldn’t drive, you couldn’t get to those facilities.”
Well, they can get their parents to drive them. It's not like they are working, is it?
The council has so far allocated £250,000 for the scheme, with plans to secure further grants.

Living The Thug Life....

The victim - who was alone - noticed the men sitting close to him, and when he got off they followed him along Stoke Newington Church Street. He heard one of them say: “Where do you think you’re going?” before being pushed into an alleyway and punched in his face repeatedly for a whole minute, causing deep lacerations.
His mobile phone was stolen along with his wallet which contained his driving licence, cash and a bank card.
And how did they celebrate their big heist?
The man staggered home and did not contact police until the next morning - while Benidito-Fazenda was at Westfield spending a few hundred pounds of his money in betting shops and fashion stores.
Then at the end of his shopping spree bank records show he used the bank card to order himself a kebab and chips.

H/T: wiggia via email

Thursday, 16 February 2017

That's The Way To Do It!

A dog walker is set to win up to £100,000 damages after he was badly injured wrestling a nine-stone Rottweiler that snatched up a “Chihuahua-sized” pet in its jaws.
Peter Viner, 47, intervened when he heard screams and saw the tiny dog dangling limply from the mouth of the bigger animal near Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham.
I never thought I'd say this, but.... 'Go on, you personal injury lawyers! Sic 'em'.
Mr Viner sued Buddy’s owner, Christine Glover, of Beckenham, and has now been awarded damages at Central London county court.
I wonder how much he'll get? Most chavs don't have much worth taking them to court for.
She claimed Mr Viner brought trouble on himself by grappling with the Rottweiler.
However, Judge Heather Baucher found she had been in “a state of abject panic” during the incident in February 2012 because she had let her dog off his lead and could not control him.
A judge with a goodly amount of common sense, too! Wonders will never cease.