Hatched from a prison cell, ‘high’ at HMP Deerbolt…Serco approved?

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An increased use of so-called “legal highs” in prisons is causing a rise in levels of violence, a report has warned. That’s right, prisoners are able (somehow) to get legally high in prison.The raft of newly formulated synthetic drugs are … Continue reading

Free Radicals

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“For far too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens that as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone,” the Prime Minister said. Now, we ALL know that to be a … Continue reading

False Allegations of Satanic Cult Abuse – Revenge Mixed With Blackmail?

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Here’s a tale from the Mirror Newspaper about what happens when an unhappy mother, who believes she deserves so much better than she’s been handed by life, decides to take her frustrations out on her local community. Police are hunting … Continue reading

Cuts Have Consequences – An Open Letter To The People Of Britain

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  This letter appeared in the Daily Mirror on the 21 April 2015 and was signed by hundreds of police officers who have serious concerns about the impact of austerity. Make your votes count!

Codename Quicksilver?! Feeling Safe On London’s Streets?

I think this has been said before, many times before, but it needs saying again. #CutsHaveConsequences, particularly when it comes to safeguarding the general public in London from the insidious encroachment of gangs wielding all kinds of weaponry on the streets. That’s why Operation Trident was established wasn’t it? To ensure that mums & dads, their kids & aunties & uncles and grand-parents could feel safe (and very much alive) going about their daily affairs on London’s streets.

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Operation Trident emerged in 1998 as a result of sustained community pressure to tackle the disproportionate effects of gun crime on black communities, where both the victim and the assailant are black.The Metropolitan Police Service now has a dedicated Operation Trident police response unit. Has? Shouldn’t we say ‘had’ since the original task force along with its original aims (to tackle gun crime & resulting homicides) has been disbanded. Did I say disbanded? Well, in 2013 it was reformed and renamed the ‘Trident Gang Crime Command’ mostly I suspect because the name sounds impressive. The decision to turn Trident into a broader ‘command’ dealing with gangs was taken without warning two years ago, leaving London without a unit focused on armed crime. Figures suggest that after this, shooting incidents soared. More pointedly the woman who had a hand in establishing the original project-Claudia Webbe, had opposed the changes calling them ‘a backwards step on race’. 

1-day-gangsterYou might naively ask what a unit focused on murderous black gangs, operating in predominately black neighbourhoods, could possibly have to do with the rest of London. I say naively, because as the shooting of Mark Duggan proved, events which affect one sector of society, can impact adversely on everybody. We have had riots before, but never has the death of one victim triggered off the kind of mayhem that occurred during the 2011 riots. People’s livelihoods and homes were obliterated, lives were lost and the conduct of many of the rioters gave rise to alot of questions none of which have been satisfactorily answered. Questions such as how long had the police known about the (then) potent effectiveness of the Blackberry messenger gang grapevine?

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Other questions have since been thrown up, such as what possessed the Crown Prosecution Service to drop the court case being brought against the man who later went on to allegedly supply Mark Duggan with a gun. Today, both the police and the Crown Prosecution Service refuse to explain why; even more strangely, the CPS says it ‘cannot locate’ the paperwork which set out the reasons for this decision. Furthermore, the same gun supplier – gangland figure Kevin Hutchinson-Foster – used the BBM Bruni Model 92 handgun he allegedly gave to Duggan, to shoot one man in the back at a supermarket and later to ‘pistol-whip’ another man a week before Duggan died.

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Given those facts, he should have been in prison, at least on remand, and not roaming freely around the streets of London. Could this be another instance of a nasty, psychotic gangster being left at large in the midst of peaceful, law abiding, black communities, because he is useful to the police? Perhaps if he hadn’t been quite so ‘useful’ Mark Duggan would still be alive today, as would the two sons of the Birmingham businessman who had the great misfortune to get caught up in the madness of the riots.

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Finally, Quicksilver (the name of a character from the film ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’) was the code name of the place where police officers met in order to be briefed, prior to intercepting Mark Duggan. One wonders at the mindset of the officers involved in the shooting of Mark Duggan, a family man with six children. #CutsHaveConsequences, it takes money to fund the kind of research and investigatory operations that make the use of psychotic informants redundant. It takes investment to create the kind of oversight committee that can genuinely and convincingly hold England’s police to account. It takes increased funding to create the kind of day-to-day supervisory body, that can zone in on operations such as these, and query and challenge suspect behaviour on the part of certain police officers. But increased investment isn’t what either the police or the communities they serve have seen and who is to blame for that?

Credit to the Daily Mail for some of the details in this article

Speaking Up For The Powerless

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It’s hard to know who to thank, the adult victims and female victims who stepped forward and recounted their suffering at the hands of paedophiles and their procurers. The organisations who have had a hand in helping to pick up the fragments of wounded people’s lives and fuse them back together again. Exarro who have displayed the dogged journalistic tenacity and cunning of a world weary rottweiler, in their determination to see justice done for all the child abuse victims. Tom Watson for sobbing on the radio over the tragedy and pain, and hurt and humiliation of the defenceless, as well as championing the cause that fell into his hapless lap, stubbornly, aggressively, ferociously and most virtuously I might add. Perhaps even Teresa May who very calmly sat and listened to the unbridled filth developing children had been relentlessly and callously dragged through, in their formative years.

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When I say filth I’m not judging the victims, I’m defining the notion that wealthy influential men who were ostensibly respectable and above reproach in public. Men who loved treasured and protected their own children, would then stride abroad, unlocking the caskets of their profligate degeneracy in front of other people’s unprotected children, some of whom never survived the experience. We are all familiar with the story of Vishal Mehrotrah, a child who went missing a mile from his family home in London. His father, a middle-class suburban professional, could never have dreamed that he would be informed of his eight year old son’s fate by a male prostitute familiar with Elm Guest House. Nor could he have imagined being told by the police, funded by the state, that it would be best for him if he did not inquire too closely into the fate of his eight year old child at the hands of very wealthy, very married, politically connected paedophiles.

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As Teresa May laid out the details of who would head the inquiry, details of the pre-appointment hearing-before a select committee, the criteria for the new panel as well as the funding to support work with the victims, I’m sure many would have been relieved, there is to be an inquiry, and it will be chaired by someone credible. What is more where evidence is uncovered regarding prosecutable activities, and where the perpetrators are alive, they will be prosecuted courtesy of Operation Hydrant.

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Yes, Jimmy Saville is dead, Peter Hayman is  dead, Cyril Smith is dead, but the system that protected them isn’t. Agents of the state who deemed it more worthy to manipulate the dirt they had on these men than to save the children. A police force busy investigating and collating evidence on the known proclivities of these men, evidence that went to whom, was collated by whom and for what purposes other than protecting our children’s well-being, we don’t yet know. The system that ruined the lives of countless children in countless institutions for ‘the good of the state’ deserves to be scrutinised and judged in some part and to some extent during this inquiry it will be. For that at least and any probable prosecutions we have to be grateful.