Get robbed and become a cop…

policeAusterity has now got some police forces asking people who are victims of certain crimes, such as vehicle crime, criminal damage and burglaries, to become a cop for them and investigate their own crimes. according to a report issued by the HMIC

No it is not the Police being lazy… it is simply because they don’t have the manpower to investigate these crimes.  Yes they have the powers to investigate and they have the resources but they don’t have the manpower to do it.

The report says:

2.47 Our inspection also identified that for some reports of volume crime (such as vehicle crime, criminal damage and burglaries of properties other than a dwelling); a trend is emerging of asking victims in effect to carry out the investigation themselves. This was evident in some of the forces that were operating a threat, harm and risk policy in relation to attendance.  Victims are asked a series of questions to assess the risk of evidence being lost and to establish the likelihood of the crime being solved. These questions include whether there is any CCTV coverage of the area, any potential fingerprint evidence and whether the victim knows if there are any witnesses to the crime. If the victim does not know the answer to these questions, HMIC observed in some forces that they are asked to speak to neighbours, check for CCTV or view second-hand sales websites to see if their stolen property is being advertised for sale. Many of these crimes are recorded and filed on the very day of the initial report with no further apparent contact with the victim. HMIC finds this expectation by these forces that the victim should investigate his own crime both surprising and a matter of material concern. The police have been given powers and resources to investigate crime by the public, and there should be no expectation on the part of the police that an inversion of that responsibility is acceptable.

One commentator has summed up what can happen if you do investigate your own crime…. part of their comment says:


Unfortunately, you can have only so many cutbacks before the service provided by a certain department declines.  And our Police Forces are now showing what happens when they don’t have enough officers to do the job.

When you go through a recession crime escalates, I am not condoning theft but when people don’t have enough money to provide for their families, even the most honourable of people can contemplate turning to crime in order to feed their families.  Look at the state of our country today in the 21st century… families having to rely on food-banks.

I know of a bloody good solution, that will put more police on our streets, and give people who want to work and can’t work due to a disability or an illness a decent income; STOP FOREIGN AID to countries who can afford space programmes, wealthy countries who still receive foreign aid, or governments whose politicians pocket the aid for themselves, rather than give a better life to their people, Hardly surprising we are Pissed Off with Britain.  And ‘Dishface’ wonders why people are turning to Britain’s First and UKIP?  Common sense tells you why.


Consultation on Ebbsfleet Housing Development…

ebbsfleet valleyBack in August 2012, I wrote this post about the new proposed housing development at Ebbsfleet, well today the Government have put their proposals online and are requesting the public’s opinion on this development.

It is all well and good, having this housing, but we need the infrastructure to cope with the development.  People moving to Ebbsfleet without the hope of a job in the South East is going to add this county’s crime rate.  Whilst most people are law-abiding unfortunately, there are some unsavory characters out there who have no qualms about turning to crime.

Medway Council and some local people don’t want the airport built here, which would ease the job situation. So where are all these new jobs supposed to come from if we don’t build to create jobs and make it viable for industry and businesses to bring their companies to the South East.

And have you tried to drive up the A2 road at rush hour…. It is chockablock.  It only takes one minor accident for there to be gridlock on that road.  Whether it be north bound or south bound, both sides are affected, one side due to the accident and the other side due to the swan-neckers that just can’t help slowing down to have a look at what has happened.

Even if these Politicians think that the Thames Gateway Port in Essex will provide jobs, have you tried to get through the tunnel during rush hour… Well, if you have, you damn well know that you can be queued in traffic for quite a while waiting to pay at the booths and even when the new toll system comes into force.. You will have the same amount of cars travelling through and maybe it will be more free flowing, but that will be OK until high winds hit the area and then the Queen Elizabeth II bridge will be closed and the traffic re-routed through one of the tunnels, which then cuts the traffic going into Essex down to 2 lanes in one tunnel.

Honestly though, more homes, means more cars and the A2 and Dartford Tunnel approach road can’t cope now, during rush hour, yet alone with nearly 15,000 more cars on the road, providing that is one car per house.  And we know that some houses have two or three cars parked in their driveway.  Let’s say half of those 15,000 houses have two cars, that is nearly an extra 22,000 that could be on the road.

Getting around by snail will be quicker. 😀

If they have plans to build and improve the existing road infrastructure, especially the A2 and Dartford Tunnel Approach road, then fine, but I do hope that they don’t expect us all to live with the same amount of schools, hospitals and water supply as we have now.  More houses, means more road usage, more cars, more children, more water needed… It is not just a case of building a few houses and ignoring the rest.  If you live in Kent and want to voice your opinion about this house building project that is planned for our region,  you can contact the conciliation committee and voice your concerns  by emailing them at or  by writing  to them at:

Matthew Prescott
Ebbsfleet Delivery Team
3rd Floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham St

GMAIL – Invasion of Privacy or Not?

Privacy1There is a lot of noise being made by people who are complaining that Google is now invading people’s privacy, after reports of a man being arrested because Google tipped the Police off, when their software picked up that he was sending indecent images of children by email.

Of course some people assumed that Google was employing people to go through your emails, but that is not true.  Tom Cheshire, a technology correspondent with Sky explains how Google found these images attached in an email.

Technically, Google isn’t looking at your photos in the way you might think. Google maintains a database of known child abuse imagery (flagged by child protection agencies worldwide).

Each image is given a digital fingerprint. This is a way of converting an image or audio file into a string of numbers.

As an image passes through a Google service, its digital fingerprint is matched up against this database of numbers. This means Google isn’t looking at the content of each photo you send per se.

It also means no humans are looking at images, which would be illegal. Nor does Google store child abuse images itself, which would also be illegal.

Google-LogoIs it an invasion of privacy?  Well I think not.  For the law abiding citizen they might think so, but unfortunately in the society we live in today the internet is used for some heinous crimes and one of those is being able to send child abuse pictures via email and messaging. Even terrorist plots have been orchestrated over the internet.

It is a tough balance to weigh… safety of children, avoidance of terrorist activities and other crimes, against privacy.  And of course there are those that want to rack up the paranoia of conspiracy’s and big brother… but I am sorry how I look on this… if I send something online that is illegal (which I would never dream of doing) then I can’t blame the internet service providers or software hosts if I get arrested, hauled before the courts and banged up, can I?  It was my doing in the first place.

And to be perfectly honest, if by software hosts doing this kind of things keeps me and children safe…. then it is OK by me.

Apart from people shouting about their privacy being breached there are people who are constantly harping on about how their freedom of expression is denied, simply because they are either taken to court or arrested…  Some even complain when other internet users pick up on what they have posted online.

Of course when these people are told about what they have written they reply by saying how their human rights are being breached by quoting Article 10 (1) of the Human Rights Act which says:

Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

Without quoting Article 10 (2) which is very important as it defines what conditions are attached to Freedom of Expression.

The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

Freedom of speech does not give you freedom to libel and defame a person and criminals shouldn’t be allowed to hide behind Privacy laws.

The internet is a public arena…. each of us who are online play in that arena and there has to be rules and each of us must accept that, and understand that should those rules be broken, then that person has to face the consequences of their actions.  And my motto is, ‘If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime’.  And of course there is an alternative… if you don’t like it… log off the internet.

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Too soft or what?

Too right we are.  Britain as a whole is far too soft when it comes to dealing with crime… Paedophiles are released without doing half of their sentence yet alone the full time.  The victim at the centre of a rape case being accused of asking for it. A 13 year old rape victim, is accused of being predatory by a defendants lawyer, and the accused given a suspended sentence.

Social Media is used as online broadcasting tool, where users don’t even understand the law and are prepared to name defendants in a child abuse case. Continue reading Too soft or what?

Lee Rigby…

NLee Rigbyothing could have prepared us for what happened on our streets in May 2013. On a normal afternoon, when we were all going about our lives, one young brave soldier was heading back to his barracks. His name Lee Rigby.  He was a son, a brother, a husband and a father.. And above all he was a soldier.

With our hands on hearts how many of us think every day about our service men and women who are fighting abroad.. men and women who just want to stay alive and come home to their families.  As normal citizens we don’t know their names.. we don’t know much about those heroes that are willing to sacrifice their own lives in order to make our lives a whole lot safer. Continue reading Lee Rigby…

Did Leveson really go far enough?

Aleveson1gain there is another incidence on Twitter where the Contempt of Court ruling has been breached.

This time Peaches Geldof tweeted the names of the two women who allowed their babies to become victims of Ian Watkins in the Sexual Abuse case being heard in Court.

Contempt of Court is a serious offence.. In April two men were convicted of Contempt of Court Continue reading Did Leveson really go far enough?

Myra Hindley – The Untold Story Part III

WMyra Hindleyednesday night was the concluding part in the documentary about Myra Hindley and her untold story.

This episode concentrated on the capture of Hindley and Brady and their arrest, trial and prison sentence.

However, I was shocked… why?

Simply because these two were allowed to communicate with one another and write about their sick, wild fantasies about killing children.  These two were in prison for heinous crimes, they should have been monitored and I don’t know what you think, but letters like that should NEVER EVER, leave a prisoner’s cell and if they do, they should be sent to the shredder and not to the addressee. Continue reading Myra Hindley – The Untold Story Part III