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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

FERRY MEADOWS MULTIPLE BIKES STOLEN




Cambridgeshire  Police are urging cyclists to take precautions following a number of thefts at Ferry Meadows off  Ham Lane, Peterborough.  Seven high specification bikes have been stolen over the past two nights.  All of the victims had been camping at the park.

Some of the bikes were left unlocked while others were padlocked.
Inspector Andy Bartlett indicated the same person or people were believed to be behind the multiple thefts: “Work is underway to trace those responsible for these thefts and we would appeal to anyone with information to get in touch.”

Cyclists can take several precautions to protect their property.

* Park your cycle in a public area and open to public view or within the scope of a CCTV camera.

* Lock the cycle to a fixed and sturdy object using a heavyweight D-lock around both the frame, and at least one wheel.

* Register the cycle with  www.immobilise.com

* Make a note of your frame number, and keep it safe.

Anyone with information in relation to the thefts should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111



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Bretton Water Park - Norovirus??



Julian Bray reports: Peterborough City Council, and their outsourced contractor Enterprise are seemingly again acting like the former East German [GDR] administration, refusing despite repeated requests over a period of three days,  to appear on the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Peterborough  Breakfast Show to answer simple questions on the outbreak of a virus at Bretton Water Park.  The questions are important as worried families need to know NOW if the park is infected and the nature of the virus, and if the contractor Enterprise is properly cleaning, and maintaining the facility, keeping the community safe.

The council claim it’s the ‘winter vomiting bug’ Norovirus, but that is usually confined to closed communities such as hospitals, jails, schools and cruise ships. It’s spread by airborne infection, person to person contact, dirty hands to mouth, and also transmitted by touching infected surfaces.

On cruise ships (and I’ve been a guest lecturer on many) if an outbreak is detected the whole area where an ‘infected person’ has been is closed off, and a deep cleaning process carried out. The infected person is also confined to their cabin (ie isolated) for three days until the condition passes.

A medical expert on the radio claims that it could be a child ‘fouling’ the pool, but as I understand it, modern pool chemicals turn a bright indicator colour. If that happens, the pool has to be emptied and scrubbed out. In any case, pool water should be chemical tested (PH balance) at least twice a day, and a written record of the test results maintained.

Norovirus, better known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Louis Smith - Bringing Home the Olympic Bronze



The Bronze London 2012 Olympic medal is the first medal awarded to a British men’s team for 100 years or in other words the previous medal was awarded at the time the RMS Titanic sank….but however you look at it, this is a magnificent achievement for Louis Smith and reflected glory for his birth City, Peterborough.



 The Eye based gymnastic athlete Louis Smith helped Team GB to win Bronze in the mens’ team event due to his virtually faultless score of 15.966 for his performance on the fearsome looking pommel horse.

Team GB were publicly awarded silver, but ended up with Bronze in the mens’ team final, following an appeal to the judges from the Japanese team. Events moved so quickly, but Japan who were rated second, slipped a couple of places - out of the medals - whilst the Ukraine hovered around third position.  The Japanese challenge to the judges was all down to a less than perfect landing at the end of pommel horse routine.

Fellow Olympians Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis and Sam Oldham all help bring the Bronze home.

It is to be hoped the City Council, who seem to have let a series of iconic moments slip by this year, will properly recognise this superb achievement.



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Pickpockets don't steal my "Ding-A-Ling" urge Police...





City Centre shoppers are being warned to watch out for pickpockets after a rise in thefts in Peterborough city centre. Thieves have been busy and are targeting people who leave wallets and purses on display; in particular on buggies and pushchairs.

There were 80 thefts since April 1st, an increase of 25 compared with the same period last year.

Police have re-launched Operation Cougar, increasing patrols in the city centre alongside using plain clothed officers and CCTV to spot potential pickpockets.

City dubbed the Chemical Soup Centre "Toxic" Incinerator gets 30 day knock back

Incinerator technology has moved on, but have we?

Following #PFNN 's earlier exclusive story  over the The Peterborough Incinerator project being covertly and quickly shuffled through scrutiny by the Tory controlling group on the PCC, whilst most of the opposition councillors are on holiday, following complaints and an eleventh hour intervention by the PCC solicitor; the whole incinerator project will now be held over for a full 30 days, in order, that all the members of the Scrutiny Committee can properly review the project.

Make no mistake that once the Incinerator with its now discredited emissions technology gets going, the whole of Stanground, local Schools,  Park Farm and Magna Park (if Magna Park ever happens) will be subjected to a daily ever changing chemical soup, with a high level of toxins.  The PCC is said to be working on old data which favours the system they propose, and Friends of the Earth say PCC have refused to look at the latest findings, which show a totally different set of outcomes, and make a nonsense of Peterborough s' claims to be the 'Environment Capital of the UK.'

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Vicious Peterborough Thug & Girlfriend Jailed


Thug Mayo jailed for six years

A VICIOUS THUG who blinded a man in an unprovoked attack has been jailed.

Michael Mayo had been rowing with his girlfriend Jodie Jex in Goldhay Way, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, when David Strong walked past with friends in the early hours of November 8.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Peterborough MP 'kicked', man in custody.


Stewart Jackson MP with TV Star Stavros

A man has been arrested after an alleged violent incident involving Peterborough City MP Stewart Jackson.

Mr Jackson, who is on a long Summer break from his parliamentary duties, was on the way to his Peterborough home accompanied by his family following a shopping trip on Saturday, when he saw a man allegedly drunk or under the influence of drugs. Reportedly a bottle of beer was thrown at a bus shelter in Broadway, resulting in the reinforced glass being damaged.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Bretton Water Park CLOSED DOWN - Water Infection hits ‘dozens’ of children.


Bretton Water Park CLOSED DOWN - Water Infection hits ‘dozens’ of children.



PCC officials have closed Bretton Water Park following a number of children falling ill and have started a series of water infection tests to find out the cause of the outbreak. A mother speaking on the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Breakfast Show claimed her young son has broken out in rashes, and has been violently sick. She also claimed the water filters were not being fully cleaned out, public toilets filthy and blocked,  following the change of management from the PCC direct labour force to Enterprise. The park will remain closed for a week. Parents are strongly advised to contact their GP or Hospital A&E Unit without delay.



Weil's disease is an infection carried in rats urine which contaminates water and banks of lakes, ponds and rivers. The disease which is notifiable is serious and requires hospital treatment. Symptoms start 3 to 19 days after exposure to contaminated water. Early symptoms are similar to 'Flu'. So see a doctor and say you have been near contaminated water that may have weils disease and ask the doctor for a blood test to be carried out

A few sensible precautions

DO cover with waterproof plasters or gloves all scratches, cuts, sores and breaks in the skin. Disinfect any wounds as soon as possible if they occur whilst at the waterside.

ALWAYS wash your hands or cover food with a wrapper before you eat.

NEVER put your hand to your mouth after immersion in river water and never place bait or fishing line in the mouth.

DON'T touch any dead animal especially rats.

NEVER leave food, groundbait or bait on the bankside.    


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6 MOUNTAIN BIKES & SKI KIT STOLEN





SKI equipment and mountain bikes stolen during a burglary in Peterborough.
Burglars helped themselves to a set of red and white skis and five mountain bikes after breaking into a detached garage in Bailey Way, between 10pm on Sunday (July 22) and 8am the following day.

The stolen bikes included a men's red Trek bicycle, a women's white Carrera Vulcan and a men's red and black Carrera Vengeance (see picture)
Detective Sergeant Adam Fraser said: "This has caused a lot of distress and inconvenience to the victims.

Police Numbers Down to 67,474 and PCSO's drop to 14,393




Police chiefs have warned of the dangers of using unpaid volunteers to replace fully-trained officers as figures showed police numbers were at their lowest for nine years.

The number of officers in the 43 forces across England and Wales fell 3.6% to 134,101 in the year to the end of March, while the number of special constables rose 10.4% to 20,343, Home Office figures showed.

Chief Superintendent Derek Barnett said that while special constables, who are unpaid volunteers, carried out valuable work, they must not be used to replace fully-trained and professional full-time officers.

"Events in London and elsewhere last summer and more recently in the run-up to the Olympics have seen the value of having a police service that is fully trained, equipped and sufficiently resilient to respond to any eventuality to protect the public," he said.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

#PFNN EXCLUSIVE: PFoE WADE IN AS PETERBOROUGH INCINERATOR SEEMS TO BE A DONE DEAL?






Word reaches #PFNN that Peterborough City Council Councillor Matthew Lee will physically have the legal documents for the Decision Notice on the Peterborough Incinerator, by the opening day of the Olympics Friday 27th July and could therefore sign it off by 3rd August, any Call In would need to happen before 8th August  and the Peterbrough City Council Scrutiny Committee would have to take place before August 29th …….  Whilst we are all watching the Olympics and worried about a Burger King application, the Peterborough Incinerator will slip through ‘under the radar’ All done and dusted by the time the ‘opposition’ come back from holiday…neat!

Meanwhile Peterborough Friends of the Earth (PFoE) have been getting their oar in on the Peterborough incinerator debate,. admittedly with a bit of muddled thinking, in our view they really need to be more strategic now that the name of the preferred bidder has been released and turns out to be part of the South West Water Group.   The link takes you to the Viridor part of the parent company accounts, should be required reading for our PFoE!

British Gas to snuff out Peterborough (Review)




The closure of a Peterborough Power Station is being considered by its owners Centrica who trade under the British Gas brand, the shock tactic buried away in the Centrica annual report published today Thursday 26 July 2012.

Centrica are to use a review and possible closure of its gas fuelled power generation station in Fengate, as part of a bargaining mechanism with government following a series of unsuccessful bids in the short term operating reserve markets. However Centrica continue to record a surplus (profit) of nearly £2 million….A DAY!

The company will also hang a question mark over the Roosecote, Cumbria site after  closing down the King’s Lynn station.

A spokesman added: “We have now taken the decision to close our King’s Lynn power station, with the future of our Peterborough and Roosecote plants under review following recent unsuccessful bids in the short term operating reserve market. Market conditions remain challenging for gas fuelled power stations”
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Your windows could soon be solar energy panels..





Let the sunshine in!

 Has Peterborough City Council spent far more than needed and peaked too early with the solar panel game? As soon your house and office windows could do the same job with no unsighty panels on the roof..and they’ll be much,much cheaper to install too! claims  Marketplace reporter John Moe:


The sun keeps pounding out energy and meanwhile, I'm paying a monthly energy bill like a sucker. Fortunately, researchers at UCLA have developed a transparent solar panel that could be used as a home window.

"Probably not sufficient to power the whole house, but the idea is to turn all the windows in the house or buildings so they become solar panels to generate electricity," says Prof. Yang Yang at UCLA. He says other solar panels are too dark. It would be like your house wearing sunglasses. The breakthrough here is that you can see right through these new panels.

"Our plastic is actually a transparent because it only picks up the light in the infrared part," says Yang. That's the part our eyes can't detect.

Paul Weiss of the California NanoSystems Institute worked on the project and says that in order to harness solar power while staying transparent, the panels, our future windows, use invisible silver. Weiss says, "What really Yang's group came up with and we helped a little bit was a way to make silver into a very tiny wires that remain sufficiently clear that you can see through them, but sufficiently conducting that we can still pull the electrons out."

The panels are not at your hardware store yet but they're expected to be inexpensive when they arrive.



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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

8,000 'HADDON SHEDS' JOBS CLAIM RUBBISHED





The Great Haddon Employment Zone rejigged as Gateway Peterborough

As UK Economy continues to nosedive, #PFNN has a problem with some of the 'smoke and mirrors' being peddled by people, who are being paid out of your public money.

Unlike our now once a week, recycled old news, newspaper, looking more like a freesheet (but still charging a £1) we did some simple desk research on the developers. According to Charles Blake, Development Director at Roxhill Developments:  “The reason Roxhill is so committed to Peterborough, is that Peterborough is very well located for a distribution park as it has transport links that are second-to-none.”

So #PFNN says the developers having clearly nailed their colours to the mast and confirmed they have no interest in manufacturing or offices and Peterborough is a good place to get out of!   And what does Peterborough have a surplus of? DOZENS OF WAREHOUSE SHEDS!

Monday, July 23, 2012

More amazing corkers from our FoI on Community Leaders Funding



£606.14 of public money towards Leather Suite 
Infection Control at 17 Fletton Avenue


Now it seems Summer has finally arrived, and before our (cough) hard working councillors jet off for even warmer climes - those useful ‘allowances’ come in handy - we once again turn the spotlight on just where your Community Leadership Fund’ public money is going, and indeed if it is actually being spent here in our wards  or spread around the whole City.

Local Councillor promises they would keep us posted, of course such assurances were really designed as convenient sound bites or a handy pre- election press cutting, nothing came back  so #PFNN had to start the complex process formally requesting the information under the Freedom of Information Act  (FOI -12-0470 requested by M.I.).

Stanground Community Centre again has been the scene of much largesse (you will recall those sturdy trustees also ‘as one’ robotically endorsed fellow trustee Irene Walsh (maj. 18) for her Tory party sponsored election papers; so no conflict there). The full list is substantive and here are just a few of the gems, we’ll publish a few more when we can fully decipher the coded descriptions – all is not what it seems - no on would suggest they are vote buying would they?  And for the record, Stanground Community Centre has still not fully accounted at the time of writing for several years back accounting, and public money spending, but still your Community Leaders Funding public money flows in…

£650.36    10/2/12 from Central Stanground funds towards the Youth Club

£500   10/2/12 from Park Farm also towards the Youth Club.

Park Farm Green Wheel ‘All Night’ Riverside Drinking – Police Aware


Do you know where your teenage daughter was overnight?



Park Farm Green Wheel ‘All Night’ Riverside Drinking – Police Aware

It’s a pity, but as local schools including Stanground Academy break up, we have already had a several reports of all night drinking, with much shouting, swearing and one female literally screaming her head off (and by all accounts heard half a mile or so away).  A car engine left running for over an hour in the early hours of Monday morning (Ed: How DO they afford the petrol???!) specifically the ‘drinking party’ was on the Green Wheel footpath down from Aydon Road, Park Farm, Sunday night/Monday morning 22/23 July 2012, the noise carried on until 4am Monday….        



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Olympics Big Screens in Peterborough or Road Works?


Olympic celebrations set off rash of Roadworks in Peterborough



Up and down the Country, massive big screens will relay the Olympics in every important City says the BBC, thousands of people will throng Streets, Squares and Parks, but it does require the local authority to meet them half way.   In their wisdom PCC led by the fun loving but boorish amusement arcade owner Councillor Peter Hiller, (to give him is full title Cabinet Member for Housing, Neighbourhoods and Planning for Peterborough City Council [CMHNP]) to launch a number of roadwork repair and road closure schemes designed to taking place during the school summer holidays! We say to frustrate the increasing number of families driving around with children, and those who would simply like to get from A to B during the busy summer holiday period. What on earth are they thinking?  As it is the workmen only seem to work 9 to 5 and not at weekends, in London and most busy Cities they would work around the clock… as usual if you spot roadworks all coned off and nothing happening, take a few pictures, note the time, date and call #PFNN. We estimate that by working around the clock, and phasing the works, little or no long term disruption would be noticed….but this is Peterborough

The Council will be ripping up the roads in five areas from July to September 2012.

Oundle Road bridge (southbound only), which carries the A1260 Nene parkway over Oundle Road, is to undergo remedial works they say to prolong the life of the bridge.

These works are scheduled to start just as the Olympics open on Friday 28 July 2012 but the works will last for approximately six weeks. Totally killing off any Olympics related increase in business for the several pubs and food outlets in the area, including the Cherry Tree and the Palmerston Arms.

Any buzz from the Wiggo Victory in the  Tour de France will also pass Woodston Cycles by and Cottons TV Rental hoping for extra Olympics business, sorry chaps!

Overnight full closures of the A1260 southbound, to change over traffic management (from the Oundle Rd off-slip to junction 31 (Morley Way).  

As if that is not enough 24hour lane closures in either the nearside or offside lane from junction 33 (Longthorpe parkway) to junction 31 (Morley Way).

 PCC have also closed the slip road off the parkway to Oundle Road,  the offside lane is closed to frustrate traffic tailing back onto the single lane of the Parkway.

Diversion routes will be via junction 31 (Morley Way, Shrewsbury Avenue and Oundle Road) when required.

London Road Railway Bridge, which carries the A15 London Road over the railway line adjacent to Phorpres House, is set for three weeks of works during the school holidays. Restrictions include: Traffic will be reduced to a single lane over the bridge, controlled by manually operated traffic lights for the duration of the works.
Pedestrian access throughout the period.

From Monday 23 July 2012, Hallfields Lane bridge, which carries Hallfields Lane over the Paston Brook watercourse, is to undergo works distruption, lasting for approximately six weeks.  Traffic reduced to single lane working over the bridge, controlled by traffic lights.  The bridge will be fully closed for a week, approximately w/c 13 August.
Pedestrian access will be maintained most of the time.

The diversion route will be via Fulbridge Road, Gunthorpe Road, Pennine Way and vice versa.

‘Failed’ bank robber hands death threat to cashier then steals from Supermarket …


          ...... NICKED!

A 27 year old male who attempted to rob a Peterborough bank by handing the cashier a written death threat note to a cashier has been given a suspended sentence.

Gambling addict James McLees, 27, of Newport Way, Ufford, near Peterborough, walked into Santander Bank, Long Causeway, and began queuing at about 3.50pm on Friday, June 1st.   On reaching the front, he handed the female cashier, a note which claimed he had a gun, and to empty money boxes into the bag or he [McLees] would kill her.  The cashier refused to hand over any money and after a couple of minutes he left the bank empty-handed.

He then went to a nearby Tesco supermarket where he was caught attempting to steal alcoholic drinks. He gave the supermarket security guards false details (those of a friend), who was then arrested, the attempted robbery had been caught on CCTV, and McLees was arrested by Police on June 20 in Stamford.

He initially answered "no comment" during questioning but admitted the crime after being shown the CCTV footage, and said he was fed up with being in debt but did not have a gun.   McLees admitted being a gambling addict and £4000 in debt from catalogues, and payday loans, and said he had just lost his job. However, he said any money he had got away with would probably have been spent on gambling. On the day of the crime, he said he had been drinking and taken Valium to get his confidence up.

McLees was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court today (July 19) by Judge Nic Madge after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.   He was given a 12 month jail term suspended for two years, a one-year supervision order, 150 hours of unpaid work, a six month curfew between 7pm and 6am, Thursday to Sunday, enforced by electronic monitoring, and prohibited from entering any betting establishment for two years.

DC Liam Sweeney, who investigated, said: "This was a frightening experience for staff at the bank and McLees refused to admit his guilt until the evidence was placed before him.

"He was clearly desperate for money but that is no excuse for committing such as serious crime.

"I hope this sentence will encourage McLees to mend his ways and stay the right side of the law."



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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Heartless Telephone Scammers Working our Neighbourhoods






RESIDENTS are being urged to be vigilant after two people we know about, and many others - have been heartlessly duped by a well thought out telephone scam.   They were left hundreds of pounds out of pocket, after agreeing to hand over cash to telephone cold callers, these types of calls are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

In one of the cases, the scammer already had details of the victim's outstanding insurance claim, and personal details.

Cambridgeshire Police are urging people not to give out any personal details over the phone.

Police advice includes:
- Never give out banking details.
- Don’t divulge names and numbers of occupants at the address
- Don’t tell the caller what times you go to work or any holiday plans
- Don’t  give out personal details such as date of birth or if you are married or not
- Be very suspicious of all sales calls
- If in any doubt concerning the identity of the caller, hang up and dial the telephone number on any paperwork you have from the company

To report a scam phone call, contact police on 101.



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Friday, July 20, 2012

UPDATE: CAMBS POLICE SET TO DUMP G4S OUTSOURCING REPORTS BBC


The BBC are reporting that an outsourcing contract of  police 'back office' functions by three police forces including Cambridgeshire to the flawed G4S security firm, who managed to very publicly mess up the London Olympic Games security contract, and in the process deny thousands of returning troops from Afghanistan, their family time and holiday entitlement before redeployment has been dropped as preferred contractor. The BBC say the three chief constables called an emergency meeting but cannot release the news officially until various Police Authorities formally agree the new direction and proposal.


Update



The Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Cambridgeshire Joint Working Group met today (Monday) to consider a report from the three chief constables, in which they raised concerns regarding the ability of the Lincolnshire/G4S contract to meet the specific needs of the BCH strategic alliance for the delivery of organisational support services.

The Joint Working Group has four members from each police authority and its role is to give initial consideration of any strategic changes to the work of the Alliance, referring to the home authority when necessary.

The meeting took place against the backdrop of recent events relating to the Olympics, with concerns being raised regarding the ability of G4S to deliver.

Having considered the concerns raised by the chief constables the group has commissioned further work to explore the ability of the contract and contractor to meet the specific needs of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

The outcome of this work will be reported to the Joint Working Group in mid-August.
If the Lincolnshire/G4S contract did not prove suitable, informed by the outline business case, a recommendation would be brought to police authorities to progress the bespoke procurement of a commercial provider to deliver organisational support services.

This would be allow incoming Police and Crime Commissioners to consider this approach post November





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CABLE THIEVES TO GET AN INSTANT JOLT...


Stolen cable can now be tracked in real time... 



Ground breaking newly released technology is now in use by Cambridgeshire police in the continuing fight against metal thieves throughout the County

The BT-developed Rapid Assessment BT Incident Tracker or [RABIT] alerts police control rooms when a live cable has been cut or damaged in any way. The system also immediately and covertly pinpoints the geographical location so officers can be deployed quickly to the correct location. The system also alerts the cable owner.

RABIT is being deployed within Operation Magnet, the police crackdown on metal theft that was launched in the spring.  The response involves officers working with partner agencies, specifically to track down, catch and jail those responsible, to deter re offending and materially disrupt the stolen metal market, proceeds of crime.

Officers are also asking dealers to sign up to Operation Tornado, a national Responsible Scrap Metal Dealer Scheme and, so far, 17 of 27 in the county have done so.   The scheme involves dealers committing themselves to making it easier for police to trace sellers of stolen metal but it will not inhibit those who operate legitimately.

Officers have now also extended the scheme to motor salvage operators who are already starting to sign up.

Detective Inspector Sharon Dence said: "This new development in technology could prove invaluable as it alerts us to a crime in progress and can give us a precise location.

"Cable is often stolen from vulnerable locations and can have a huge impact on people living nearby. This will give us an advantage and increase the likelihood of us catching thieves in the act."

Officers have been carrying out regular  and spot checks to ensure scrap yards and the people using them are operating within the law.

DI Dence added: "We would appeal for people to be vigilant and report anything they think is suspicious or out of the ordinary, particularly at night in isolated locations and around manhole covers or telegraph poles."

Anyone with information about metal theft should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111. If a crime is in progress, call 999.



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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fatal result from Friday 13th, Peterborough Collision?







Cambridgeshire Police are investigating a collision in Peterborough that may have resulted in the death of a man.  The 56-year-old victim, from Peterborough, was driving a van in collision with a grey Peugeot 205 at the entrance to Sainsburys car park in Oxney Road, at about 5pm on Friday, July 13th.

He suffered a serious, but not life threatening injury and taken to Peterborough City Hospital before being discharged the next day.

However, the man was found dead at his home on Monday morning, July 16th. A post mortem carried out at Peterborough City Hospital yesterday proved inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out.

 A 21-year-old Peterborough woman, who was driving the Peugeot, and a 48-year-old Peterborough man, who was a passenger, were not injured in the collision.

Investigating Officer Sergeant Nigel Jennings, said: "There will be further tests to determine what caused the victim's death, but my investigation is to determine how the collision happened.

"I would urge anyone who saw the incident, or either of the vehicles just prior, to get in touch."

Anyone with information should contact the Roads Policing Unit on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.




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BBC to 'reign' over Olympics until 2020.




(Reuters) - British broadcaster BBC has been awarded the Olympic broadcasting rights for their territory until 2020, keeping the world's biggest multi-sport event on free-to-air television for at least another eight years, the IOC said on Wednesday.


The BBC also acquired the broadcast rights across all media platforms, including internet and mobile, for the Summer Games of Rio de Janeio 2016 and the Winter Olympics of Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018, the IOC said in a statement without providing any financial details of the deal.

"I'm delighted that the Olympic Games will continue to be broadcast exclusively on the BBC into the 2020s," says the outgoing  BBC Director-General Mark Thompson..




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Postman Paul after seven years leaves Stanground Round in Royal Mail shake up



#PFNN Exclusive> Royal Mail Postman Paul who has been delivering letters and parcels on the Park Farm and Stanground postal beat, for over seven years, is leaving this Saturday, as part of yet another Royal Mail re-organisation. Paul is one of those special postmen, who knows just about everyone on his round.

We've celebrated when his son was born, just about the time he started on Park Farm, and watched as according to the latest head office marketing whim, his push bike was taken away ('elf n' safety), delivery times changed, vans introduced (and taken away), watched as he's changed from Summer to Winter uniform and Postman Paul has remained smiling and cheerful throughout.

We wish Paul all the best for the future, and some lucky householders, are about to get his expert services on their doorstep.....      


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FOI - COUNCIL CCTV SMART CARS





FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – FOI-12-0439

City Road - Parking Issues

I should like to request information as to why, today, at around 14.35 two parking
attendants were driving down City Road in the parking Smart Car – with the camera
out of operation, and completely ignored the three vans parked half on the path and
half on the road outside the Eco Innovation Centre whom were transferring stock
between vans and causing an obstruction – preventing buses from passing ? further
more the vehicle ( with two attendants in) then ignored the two taxis dangerously
parked taxis on double yellow lines at the Wheel yard junction with City Road and the
illegally parked vehicle on the Zebra crossing zig-zags?

Please advise on the following:

• Were the two attendants on duty?

• If so, why where none of the issues addressed and why was the camera not in
operation

• If not, why were there two off duty persons in the vehicle, why were they in the
city centre and confirm the insurance of the vehicle covers this activity.

Please also advise on the timescale on which I can expect answer to my enquiries.
I can confirm that the CCTV vehicle is only used by officers whilst on duty. The
council is currently training more officers on the use of the CCTV vehicle, which may
account for instances where more than one officer is using the vehicle at any one
time.

During periods of training, the camera may not be operational as there are many
aspects of the vehicle that officers must become familiar to enable them to use the
enforcement camera competently and correctly. On occasion the CCTV vehicle may
also be used to transport an officer to another part of the city so that the officer can
undertake their parking patrol.

The CCTV vehicle can only be used to enforce a limited range of parking restrictions,
for example whilst in motion along or alongside bus lanes, taxi lanes, clearways and
hatched areas outside places such as schools. This is because the CCTV camera
operates in an automatic mode without intervention from the driver when the vehicle
is moving.

Because of the limitations of the CCTV vehicle, and its unsuitability for use in many
areas of the city centre, prioritisation is given to foot patrols by council officers. The
CCTV vehicle can not enforce in areas where for example there is limited waiting,
resident parking zones, double yellow lines, or deal with general poor parking.

In most cases Council Officers do not have powers of enforcement where
obstructions are caused by vehicles on the pavement or road, unless the vehicle is
also parked in contravention of a road traffic restriction. In all other cases only the
Police have the power to enforce these issues




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Peterborough - committee seeking ideas...




Peterborough City Council’s scrutiny Commission for Rural Communities was addressed by ICT / Transactional Services Partnership Manager Richard Godfrey at a  Town Hall meeting on Monday 16th July.

Mr Godfrey claimed that 10,000 people had backed a campaign to introduce high speed 25 mps High Speed Broadband Internet to 90 per cent of houses in the county. It then emerged that only 700 of the signatures were from Peterborough (population now exceeding 180,000)

Committee chair is Cllr David Over (who once spent an entire main council session writing out his Christmas cards - #PFNN watched him).

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Firefighters News in Brief

Ex reserve 1 and new nissan 4x4.


Car fire - Arson suspected - Peterborough   16 July 2012, 4am


One fire crew from Dogsthorpe was called to a car fire on Green Lane in Peterborough. 


Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire using a hose reel. They returned to their fire station by 4.50am. 


The cause of the fire was deliberate. 


Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, 






Road traffic collision - Boongate - Peterborough  15 July 2012, 2.35am


One fire and rescue crew from Dogsthorpe,a crew from Stanground and a rescue vehicle from Dogsthorpe were called to a road traffic collision at the roundabout at Boongate in Peterborough.   Firefighters arrived and discovered that this was two vehicle collision. Crews used specialist cutting equipment to release one person from the vehicle. They returned to their fire stations by 3.20am.




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Monday, July 16, 2012

Memo to Cllr. Turnip.....








With thanks to www.order-order.com. who tell us that Press Association is this afternoon widely reporting that Bob Crow has lost his libel action against Boris:


“The general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) had complained about leaflets produced for Mr Johnson’s campaign for re-election in May. He said they meant that his policies, leadership of the RMT and association with Mr Johnson’s predecessor, Ken Livingstone, seriously damaged Mr Livingstone’s electoral prospects and caused grave harm to Londoners’ interests.


Mr Crow also claimed they meant that he was part of and supported a culture of political immorality involving broken promises, cronyism, scandals and waste. But Mr Justice Tugendhat, at the High Court, ruled today that the words complained of were not capable of being defamatory of the union leader.”


Quite…all we can hope locally is that in my view, the serially useless Cllr. Turnip, who claims to be seeking legal defamation and redress at every turn, (so cannot answer any media enquiries), will put that in his pipe, and in a legally defined area,  light it and smoke it...



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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Holiday Credit Cards - Beware of DCC Dynamic Currency Conversion




Julian Bray writes: When on holiday, the last thing you want to do is worry about currency exchange rates  So the helpful shopkeeper, hotel, car hire, kindly offers you the easy option to pay in pounds (ie Sterling) on your credit card! Nothing wrong with that and the amount you pay is clearly recorded on your statement……however after the pleasure, comes the pain, and could cost you hundreds of extra unexpected pounds on your trip.
Caxton FX, the money exchange people suggest in a recent survey that 40% of people would choose to pay in pounds if they were given the chance. They may also select this option if they were choosing to withdraw cash from an ATM while they were away.

By doing this they unwittingly expose themselves to something known as dynamic currency conversion (DCC). This racks up the charges in two different ways. First, the  retailer you are paying will set their own exchange rate, so they may well be greedy and costs you far more than you expect. Adding insult to injury, your card company will then load a further charge of an extra 4% on top of the amount you are paying.

James Hickman, Managing Director of Caxton FX said: "The number of people getting caught out by DCC has actually increased in the past year and a lack of understanding about the risk of associated charges seems to be at the heart of this. An extra 4% charge on every transaction could add up to some serious cash over the course of a two week holiday and some rather surprising bank statements upon return to the UK. However, DCC is a perfectly legal charge so it's up to the individual to make sure they are not being caught out by this."

Part of the problem, revealed by the survey, was that 15% of people are not confident with on-the-spot currency conversion (including one in five female holidaymakers). It also appears that the younger the individual, the less confident they are about mental arithmetic, with a fifth of 18-24-year-olds admitting to not being confident.

The answer is to keep the receipt you were given when you changed your sterling into foreign currency as it usually contains a handy conversion chart for various amounts. Any large M&S in the UK has a competitive Bureau de Change.  One of the biggest culprits is the on board accounting system operated on cruise ships and in some hotels, they bill and charge your account weekly, charges racked up using a ‘sea pass’ swipe card.  When signing up for the account during the check-in process, in the shore based terminal before boarding,  just ensure that DCC Dynamic Currency Conversion is NOT being applied, and that you are being charged for your on-board or hotel bar  spend in US $, rather than the conversion rate back into Sterling.

You might also like to bear in mind that your credit card may be automatically blocked if the Cruise ships Miami USA base, is collecting the weekly on-board account, the same day you dock in say Florence, and use your credit card for shore purchases.  Simply the computer does not think you can be in both Europe and the USA at the same time and will swallow up your card at the next European ATM. Just let the bank know by telephone in advance the destinations you will be visiting and the days you’ll physically be there!



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Saturday, July 14, 2012

FOLLOW ME or be shot out of the skies!

RAF personnel in a Puma helicopter

There is no truth in the rumour that Peterborough City Council are to use East of England Show  'pig boards' ** with  FOLLOW ME  written on them to whip the Tory massive into line, after a series of very public media meltdowns during the week involving childrens services, and a media spat by fun loving former strip club owner Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald, over the forced removal of elderly infirm people from two PCC care homes heading for closure.  What is true is that a massive Olympics Air exclusion zone has now been thrown up around South East England.

Any aircraft not filing agreed flight plans, and observing the limits of the exclusion zone, will be intercepted  by RAF personnel in helicopters waving boards, should that not work; on board snipers, we are told, will shoot the aircraft, microlight, base jumper out of the sky...if that is not enough Rapier Surface to Air missiles (very like the ones -but plus the added Swingfire variant ) offered by the then Conservative Government in 1972, to the equally fun loving Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin Dada ...oh yes!). These missiles have been placed at strategic points around the Capital, including the roof of a converted Water Tower. The residents living in posh flats underneath, are said not to be too happy. Fighter jets and a small aircraft carrier are also being used...

Rustic note: ** Pig Boards are used by farmers to guide pigs around the farmyard, as they won't go where their sightline is blocked by a pig board being manipulated. They are plain and do not have 'Follow  Me' written on them - they can't read...

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Peterborough Police in Booze and Club Crackdown




POLICE in Peterborough are to renew their pro-active campaign against alcohol-fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour in the city centre. Operation Themis, which launches this weekend, will see officers taking a strictly zero tolerance approach to disorder around  Peterboroughs Clubland strip.

They will work with licensed premises and the Security Industry Authority (SIA) ( doorkeepers) to combat alcohol related crime.

Officers will also action Section 27, 48 hour banning orders of the Violent Crime Reduction Act to ban people who are under the influence of alcohol and have, or are likely to cause trouble from the city centre. .

Repeat visits will be made to pubs and bars to ensure they are complying with their licensing obligations, including not selling alcohol to those who are drunk, or appear to be drunk.

Inspector Iain Clark, leading the operation, said:

"Officers will use all the options available to them, including Section 27, penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) and arrests in order to prevent trouble or deal with offenders.  They will also find out where people involved in trouble had their last drink so licensees can be approached and reminded of their obligations under the Licensing Act.

"Police will be making their presence known, giving people advice and nipping problems in the bud before they have a chance to escalate."

Police will work closely with premises by using the online system (Secure Incident Reporting and Community Engagement System  - SRCES).

The system allows venues to add their own imgaes and report incidents, which can then be viewed by police, and other licensees immediately.

It also means people who are banned from premises can be immediately seen by all those using the system.

SIRCS can be updated quickly and can be viewed via a smart phone by door staff.

Insp Clark added: "Through this system we will be identifying anyone who is persistently involved in anti-social behaviour in and around the night time economy and taking appropriate action through acceptable behaviour contracts, ASBOs or other means."




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Thursday, July 12, 2012

23 Stanground jobs in all: 13 new Stanground jobs created and 10 existing part/full time Stanground jobs protected..


23 Stanground jobs in all: 
13 new Stanground jobs created 
and 10 existing part/full time Stanground 
jobs protected..


Typical pre Burger King frontage for Applegreen Petrol Stations 

The Japanese version....UK version heading our way 
http://plandocs.peterborough.gov.uk/NorthgatePublicDocs/00858385.pdf 


Business case for development: http://plandocs.peterborough.gov.uk/NorthgatePublicDocs/00858385.pdf

Fears that a Burger King franchise would close down the popular Stanground Horsey Way cut price petrol station, opposite The Fenman Public House, are 'unfounded' says site owners Petrogas Group UK Ltd. who say "the petrol filling station will remain as the dominant use of the site with the proposed fast food as an added service, and facility for our customers."


 "Petrogas have their own corporate branding for petrol filling stations, Applegreen, and this will be included in the project to uplift the overall site appearance."


Petrogas claim this is a new vanguard development, and is the first such joint use proposal for an existing sales building, the 'Consent to Display' advertisement planning application has not yet been submitted. But when it is, we'll show you some pictures of how the new site will look. What is known is that the underused car wash footprint will go, along with the car vacuum and water refill points ,moved elsewhere and the Burger King unit in its place.


The existing retail shop and ATM will be retained, and the whole site upgraded as the first in a national roll out.  


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CLLR SHEILA SCOTT TURNS ON FLOODS OF TEARS (AGAIN) AND SURVIVES



A Gift for Cllr. Wayne Fitzgerald.?

COUNCILLOR SHEILA SCOTT cabinet portfolio Childrens Services, Peterborough City Council, last night amazingly survived a full council motion of no confidence, but not before she turned on the waterworks, generating floods of tears, and cried her eyes out, in the council chamber last night. 





Its not the first time that she has pulled this stunt, (as she reached for the box of Kleenex, at a recent cabinet meeting). 24 voted in favour of the no confidence motion, and her immediate removal, however 31voted against. There was 1 abstention. 

Survived a vote of no confidence but not before floods of tears 
This could well be a new Tory policy. 



    Meanwhile Cllr. Janet Goodwin who by all accounts delivered a gushing  if not exhausting monologue on the £93,000 spent to watch a torch go by.....zzzzzzzzz..... decided to underline the point, .....zzzzzzzzzz.....and have 40 winks, dropping off to sleep, only waking when someone asked her a question... sadly  you could not make all this up.....

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Half Peterboroughs Jubilee Fund donated to Burghley House

PCC donation £15,000:00
#PFNN EXCLUSIVE In a freedom of information request and a delayed answer, we can exclusively reveal that half of the miserly £30,000 PCC budget allocation to celebrate the once in a lifetime HRH The Queens Diamond Jubilee was donated to another County, and not spent anywhere in this bunting free City or even in this County!   An astonishing £15,000 ie 50% was paid out to Rutland Council  to fund a 'bash' at Burghley House. 


If anyone in Park F

State Loans for Residential Care



Health Secretary Andrew Lansley might turn up 
at your funeral with an invoice..




Pensioners moving into residential care will be given state loans so they do not have to sell their property immediately, under plans being unveiled by the Coalition Government, says Press Association.

People will be able to borrow money from councils ( PCC Cabinet responsibility Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald...) at nominal interest rates, with the sum being paid back after their death.  

The scheme, being introduced across England in April 2015, is intended to help around 40,000 people each year who are forced to sell their homes to cover care costs.

Some local authorities already operate similar arrangements, but provision varies widely across the country.

The announcement is part of a raft of proposals being published by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

It emerged over the weekend that cross-party talks on reform of social care for the elderly had broken down after ministers made clear funding decisions would not be taken until next year's spending review.

Labour has insisted the coalition's pledges are "meaningless" without concrete plans for meeting the estimated £1.7bn cost.

But Lansley is to press ahead with the release of a white paper and draft bill on social care, as well as a report detailing progress towards solutions on key issues.

Ministers want to cap the amount anyone pays towards care during their lifetime at £35,000.

Lansley said: "It is hard enough for people to come to terms with needing to pay for extra help when their circumstances change - whether their health has suddenly deteriorated or age has started to take its toll.

"The last thing people want to think is having to immediately sell their home to pay for residential care.

"That is why, from April 2015, we will ensure that people will be able to delay selling their home to pay for residential care. This will give people greater flexibility and peace of mind at what can be a very traumatic time."

In an article for the Daily Telegraph, he added: "I recognise that we can go further. We can enable people not to lose everything they have worked and saved for if they need care for several years.

"That is why we agree in principle that a limit on the amount that people pay themselves for the long-term care they receive would be the right way forward."

The "universal deferred payment" scheme for care homes was first proposed by a Royal Commission more than a decade ago.

Since then, councils have been able to offer interest-free loans to people who face having to sell their home to pay for care.

But the new scheme will order councils to provide the loans.

Details will be negotiated between the Government and local authorities in the coming months, with the level of interest payments likely to be crucial.

The social care proposals are also expected to include initiatives to help carers and give people far more control over their own care.

The Government is keen for more pensioners to be looked after in their own homes, rather than go into nursing homes.

An additional £300m is being transferred from the NHS to social care over the next two year, in a bid to "improve integration" between the services.

Ahead of Lansley's statement, Labour called on the Government to use NHS under-spends to help tackle the "growing social care crisis".

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: "Today's proposals are meaningless without the money to make them a reality.

"George Osborne should get his act together and hand back half the money he has taken from the Health budget.

"The Government is failing to face up to England's care crisis. Older and vulnerable people are seeing support withdrawn and increased charges for care.

"Councils are in danger of being overwhelmed and the NHS simply won't be able to function if things are left as they are."

Lansley denied the scheme would encourage people not to save for their retirement over fears the money would go to the state.

He told Sky News: "If we are able to fund a system of capping the care costs that people have to pay it will mean exactly that problem is substantially solved, that people will know that they can protect what they've worked and saved for through their lives even if they were to have the consequences for example of having dementia over several years later in life."



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FOUR COUNCILLORS ON 'BILKING' LIST...





FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – FOI-12-0426

Council Tax Reminder Notices To Councillors

For the financial year 01/04/11 to 31/03/12:

a) how many Councillors were sent reminder notices for non/late payment of
council tax;

Three Councillors were issued with reminder notices for the period specified.

b) how many Councillors were issued with Court Summons and/or Liability
orders for non-payment of council tax;

One Councillor was issued with a Liability order for the period specified.

c) what are the names of the above.

The Council considers this information to be exempt under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. The exemption applied is S40(2) – personal information
relating to a living, identifiable individual, the disclosure of which would breach
one or more of the data


THE USUAL CONSIDERATION IF YOU KNOW THE NAMES OF THE FOUR COUNCILLORS CONCERNED, BUT WE DO NEED THE PROOF AS WELL!



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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Shailesh Vara MP gets a pizza the action...

            Our MP Supports the East of England Country Show


Shailesh Vara MP, on Saturday 7th July, attended the East of England Show at the Showground in Peterborough. 


 The MP for North West Cambridgeshire then toured the main exhibits, and joined schoolchildren in making pizza. He encouraged the use of local produce, and emphasised the need to learn to cook rather than rely on ready-made food products.


The three day Show is one of the regions post popular events and includes exhibits showcasing a range of foods, livestock, motoring and vintage machinery. This year, for the first time ever, the show also hosted the British Festival of the Working Horse and an open-air concert in the evening.  Moreover, despite the adverse weather, 320 retail stalls continued to trade, providing an important opportunity for retailers to promote a wide variety of  goods, products and services.  


Mr Vara said: “This is one of the region’s premier events, and notwithstanding the bad weather it was good to see so many people attending. It is always a pleasure to support the show, and as always there was something for all age groups.”



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CLLR WAYNE FITZGERALD HAS NOT VISITED THE GREENWOOD & WELLAND OLD FOLKS HOME TO MEET THE RESIDENTS HE IS MOVING OUT....






UPDATE: A three months consultation process begun 
on 10th July 2012, has been halted (17th July 2012 (BBC Peterborough report) as lawyers crawl all over the wording changing the emphasis from CLOSURE to something more acceptable...

LATEST: July 11th 08:20 Cllr Fitzgerald in live meltdown during BBC Radio Cambridgshire (click on link) interview with Paul Stainton, the interview was repeated later this morning on the Andie Harper Show and therefore available on the worldwide BBC i-player via Internet. The full 8 min interview is also on #audioboo, and the live link is now under the #PFNN masthead (title).

Rotund former strip club owner, former commercial radio boss and PCC cabinet member Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald, who hopefully will improve his recent PCC key meeting attendance record and will be attending the council Cabinet meeting this morning (open to the public) is hell bent on closing two well loved council owned old peoples care homes and associated day care centres  - The Greenwood and the Welland. The care homes are said by faceless officials, to be not fit for purpose although they have been recently refitted with new carpeting and new kitchens. The home were due to close at some point, but only when a new home had been built. Well the PCC although spending £98,000 on watching the torch go by, has failed to even start on a new building for the elderly residents to be transferred with the existing staff, thereby giving the elderly and infirm residents a sense of continuity as the staff they rely on will still be around.

The fact that one of the homes backs onto the recently vacated Edith Cavell Hospital site, and could be profitably added in to the commercial sale of this highly desirable parcel of land, may just have influenced the decision to close the homes. No one so far has denied it.

The council cabinet say the bedrooms are too small and do not have on-suite bathrooms, but the elderly residents (exclusively interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this morning), in a moving heart wrenching plea from Clara Woods, 93, who has been a resident at Welland, for some seven years, says she would 'rather set fire to her home than move', literally  forced out with no say in the matter. Clearly very distressed and at her age, statistically she would probably not survive the acute disruption of a transfer to say a private commercially operated care home.  It would mean for Clara, the staff she has grown to know over the last seven years would simply vanish overnight. The associated Day centres would also close down...

Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald, clearly a busy chap, who also chairs the employment committee didn't bother to turn up for that committee meeting  last Thursday but he he did find time for a bit of car shopping, and was spotted at TC Harrisons car showrooms looking at new cars! Shame he didn't spend that time talking to the residents at either Greenwood or Welland Care Homes, not visiting either site and consulting with the residents before he pulls the plug, is just not the way to be loved Wayne!

During his BBC Radio Cambridgeshire meltdown Cllr Fitzgerald,  takes the BBC interviewer to task saying that he Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald claims that he never used the words 'not fit for purpose'  (Intw: Part One Timecode: 1'38").Turning to Page Five of the Peterborough Telegraph, Thursday 12th July 2012, underneath the picture of the ex strip club owner, we find a direct quote from Cllr Fitzgerald,  in quotation marks ".........If we did nothing and in five years the homes became NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE we would get panned......"


A wagon train of humble pie is hopefully on its way....or would that be humbug?


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Monday, July 09, 2012

Stolen Ducks and Silver Jockey more than worth their salt...





Cambridgeshire Police have released details of a distinctive silver antique recently stolen in a burglary.  A condiment set comprising salt, pepper and mustard dispenser, in the shape of  a jockey's boots and hat, was stolen with other silver items in a burglary at a property in Heath Road, Burwell, on June 15th.

Other items stolen include a tea caddy, six silver ducks, and a cheese wedge.

No value has been released apart from being valuable, the items also have significant sentimental value to the victim.

PC Kelly Purkiss, who is the investigating officer said: "The victim is upset that these items have been stolen, not because of their financial value, but because they are regarded as family heirlooms.

"I hope someone  comes forward with information needed so I can identify the person responsible and recover the stolen goods."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Purkiss urgently on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111



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Sunday, July 08, 2012

VivaCity bottle it, as Tunisians defy smoking ban




Courtesy Red Bull Racing..

As the Peterborough Festival has been cancelled, the above graphic courtesy of Red Bull is all you need to know, in order to bore for Britain on the British Grand Prix, F1 at Silverstone. (BBC TV 1pm Sunday)  But returning to embarrassing questions surrounding the cancellation of the Peterborough Festival; no one at Vivacity or the PCC has answered Paul Staintons Outstanding Breakfast Show (and) enquiry of how they intended to shoehorn 10, 000 Hard-Fi fans into a town park space licenced for 5,000? 


All approaches were neatly bypassed, as the hapless spokeswoman for Vivacity on a ET home video blames that old standby chestnut " 'elf and safety." So that is probably the answer the BBC was seeking all along. They were simply going to cancel it, but no one had the bottle to do it sooner, or the gumption to look at the future weather forecasts. 


It might have been a better idea, to run the concert inside the Posh footy ground or put up some tentage on the embankment....any run off surface water would trickle in to the River Nene. 


Cathedral Square was already taken up with a motley collection of stands, featuring Tunisians. No one seemed to be buying or trying out mint tea, and smoking hubble bubble pipes in the pop up souk or Tunisian cafe. It seems that the UK's strict no smoking regulations had not been translated in time...for the visiting Tunisians...     





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Friday, July 06, 2012

Flooding - what can I do?




Julian Bray ran the Environment Agency PR department for this region and  looked after flood defence PR in the year 2000. This is his view on what practical advice and some steps you can take, before the floods arrrive.

Unfilled sandbags are probably the best form of emergency flood defence   and usually you can get them from the council but when everyone wants them at the same time and they do arrive UNFILLED it's best to make you own arrangements! Click the link above for one of the best suppliers, they work out at about 90 pence each plus the cost of the sand.

The average house will need around 50 for just basic defence filling door frames, covering airvents and lining french windows. The next action is to get some coarse sand from your local builders merchants and start filling.  If you have time move all your valuables to upper floors in your house,and lay in supplies. Remember that floodwater is essentially sewage and if the flooding is severe manhole covers will 'pop' and leave gaping holes and deep open drains and drain chambers. So don't even think of wading along where you think the pavement should be.


We also suggest that you don't rely on the Environment Agency for any practical help at all other than advisory help lines and television warnings. The simple fact is that successive governments, have ruthlessly cut back on flood defence measures and following the Environment Agency takeover of the NRA National  Rivers Authority, dredging and river works were also cut right back and the fabled man on the sluice gate given his cards. 


We can say all this with some authority, as around the millenium year Julian Bray  had an interim contract with the Environment Agency running their public relations in this region. The Environment  Minister, was at that time, the odeous former Labour MP Elliot Morley who was sentenced to 16 months in prison, having admitted dishonestly claiming more than £30,000 in Parliamentary expenses - a scandal that ended his career.


Of the four former MPs charged with criminal offences over their expenses, Morley was accused of claiming the most.  Initially it was the £16,000 claims for a "phantom mortgage" - so called as it had been paid off - shortly after the expenses scandal broke.    


So to repeat, the best advice we can give is to take the attitude that you and your family are totally on your own for basic flood relief prevention measures. If it becomes life threatening, then all the front line services will be deployed, but even then a triage system will operate you may have to wait your turn  In our View the Environment Minister Caroline Spellman is a disgrace, as she knows full well many flood defence schemes over the last decade have been dumped but developers have been allowed to continue to build on flood plains, even in Peterborough the Magna park railfreight interchange terminal is zoned to be constructed on a flood plain called "Drysides" Just how clear a messsage did those who came before us wish to leave?  Wake up Marco, dump the Magna Park idea...the current weather and flooding is a wake up call!



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West Midlands Police make seven arrests - Terrorism Act 2000





Six adult males from the West Midlands and a man from West Yorkshire have been detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism (Terrorism Act 2000) during a series of arrests this week.

Three were detained Tuesday morning (July 3rd), three Wednesday evening and one yesterday (Thursday) evening. Six are in their twenties and from the Sparkhill, Moseley, Alum Rock and Smethwick areas of the West Midlands with a 43 year old from Kirklees, West Yorkshire.

The arrests followed a routine stop of a vehicle by police on the M1 motorway in South Yorkshire on Saturday (June 30th). The car was impounded on suspicion of having no insurance. Firearms, offensive weapons and other material were later found hidden inside, prompting police to take action to trace and arrest the driver, passenger and others suspected of being involved.

The items from the vehicle are currently undergoing forensic analysis and searches are or have been carried out at the addresses of those in custody.

West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit is leading the investigation. Head of the unit, Detective Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, said: "As soon as the items were discovered in the impounded vehicle, our priority was to protect the public by pursuing and arresting those we believed to be involved.

“Our enquiries are ongoing.”

Those arrested are:

Detained Tuesday July 3

26 year old male from Sparkhill, Birmingham
27 year old male from Sparkhill, Birmingham
23 year old male from Sparkhill, Birmingham

Detained Wednesday July 4

24 year old male from Moseley, Birmingham
22 Year old male from Alum Rock, Birmingham
22 year old male from Smethwick, Sandwell

Detained Thursday July 5

43 year old from Kirklees, West Yorkshire

All are being held in the West Midlands area.

A warrant of further detention has already been granted for the three men arrested on Tuesday – giving officers until next Tuesday morning to charge, release or apply for a further warrant. There is an initial 48 hours for the other suspects, after which officers will need to charge, release or apply for a warrant of further detention.


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We Sent Apologies, Subs run Council Committee


Cllr Walsh - Substitute..


The Employment Committee is a fairly important PCC function, so it beggars belief that the 'top brass' have absented themselves, proffered apologies and sent in a whole host of substitutes, but no doubt they all turned up to wave at the Torch the previous day. We are maintaining the stats. and will post the 'scores on the doors'!  


Thursday 14th June, 2012 3.00 pm, Employment Committee

Venue:   Bourges/Viersen Rooms - Town Hall
Contact:    Gemma George; Senior Governance Officer
 Meeting Attendance


Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald  Chairman   Apologies, sent representative
Substituted by Councillor Peter Hiller

Councillor John Holdich OBE  Vice Chairman Apologies, sent representative
Substituted by Councillor Graham Casey

Councillor Gr. Uff. Marco Cereste 
Committee Member Apologies, sent representative
Substituted by Councillor Paula Thacker MBE

Councillor Diane Lamb Committee Member
Apologies, sent representative
Substituted by Councillor Irene Walsh


Councillor Nazim Khan MBE 
Committee Member  In attendance


Councillor Charles W Swift OBE 
Committee Member  Apologies, sent representative
Substituted by Councillor Michael Fletcher


Councillor Nick Sandford 
Committee Member
Expected


Councillor Irene Walsh 
Reserve
Present as substitute


Councillor Peter Hiller 
Reserve
Present as substitute


Councillor Graham Casey 
Reserve
Present as substitute


Councillor Michael Fletcher 
Reserve
Present as substitute


Councillor Paula Thacker MBE 
Reserve
Present as substitute


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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, which should save Cllr. Turnip (who we honestly and truly believe to be a serially useless local councillor), a bob or two.
Cllr Turnip (so dubbed this as he spent an astonishing £1,800:00 of Community Leaders Funding - designed for the good of the whole ward - on "raised vegetable beds for infants" at a very well funded local authority school, together with some other additional funding from the CLF to the same school.

lampoon (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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