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What Materazzi said to Zidane

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Speculation is mounting worldwide as to what exactly was said by Marco Materazzi for Zinedine Zidane to react in such an aggressive manner.

It has been claimed that France captain Zinedine Zidane was goaded into headbutting after being called a "terrorist", according to emerging reports.

Zidane was named the World Cup's best player, despite being sent off for a violent incident in the closing stages of Sunday's night World cup final.

Materazzi was seen restraining the Frenchman in the run-up to the incident and while the Italian refused to comment after the match there has been speculation in French newspaper L'Equipe that he called Zidane "a terrorist".

Zidane's furious French teammate William Gallas raged at Materazzi: "When I see this, I want to smash his face. Sometimes you have players who are clever and say something to you and you are very angry and want to kill that player."

Former World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf told BBC Radio 5 Live:

"I think Materazzi said something very bad to him for him to react like that. But it doesn't matter what he said - you cannot agree with what he did. I feel very ashamed - because it is not the kind of thing that this team does."

Zidane's agent, Alain Migliaccio, claims Materazzi insulted the French-born son of Algerian immigrants.

"He was very sad for everything that happened but this is life,'' Migliaccio told Radio Five Live.

"He is a human being not a god.

"I know Zizou (Zidane) well and even though he hasn't told me exactly what Materazzi said, I know that he was provoked.

"Materazzi said something very grave to him, I don't know what it was.

"Zizou will not reveal what Materazzi said to him, but he will, in one or two days' time, explain why he had such a reaction.

"When he is calmer he will speak."

France had looked the stronger side in extra time until the sending-off but Zidane's penalty-taking ability was not available for the shoot-out.

A flawless display by Italy saw them win 5-3 and claim a fourth World Cup. French striker David Trezeguet was the only man to miss from the spot


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Times Online July 10, 2006

Chirac welcomes virtuoso Zidane back to Paris

 

President Chirac welcomed the defeated France team back to Paris today and refused to condemn Zinedine Zidane's head-butt on Marco Materazzi in yesterday's World Cup final that earned the captain a red card. M Chirac instead expressed the nation's pride at the team's progress to the final and singled out Zidane for particular praise.

"Dear Zinedine, in such a hard and intense moment for you, I would like to express the whole nation's affection and admiration for you," M Chirac said. "You are a virtuoso, a genius of football and an exceptional human being. That is why France admires you.".....................

 

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Materazzi: I did not call Zidane a terrorist


Italy's World Cup winning squad touched down at Rome Military airport to hundreds of cheering supporters today.

However, their celebrations continued to be clouded by the row over what caused the French captain Zinedine Zidane to head-butt Marco Materazzi in yesterday's final.

Materazzi denied he had called Zidane "a dirty terrorist" when asked by reporters waiting at the airport.

"No, it’s absolutely not true, I didn’t call him a terrorist. I don’t even know what it means. The whole world saw what happened, live on television," said Materazzi.

The Paris-based anti-racism group SOS Racism had earlier quoted well informed sources as saying Materazzi had apparently used the phrase.

French television reported that Zidane would talk about the incident "in the coming days".

Zidane’s agent Alain Migliaccio said he spoke to the French captain on the telephone in the early hours of this morning during which Zidane told him that Materazzi had said something "very serious".

"He [Zidane] told me Materazzi said something very serious to him but he wouldn't tell me what," said Migliaccio.

"I don't know. Zinedine didn't want to talk about it but it will all come out in the next week," he said.

He added: "He is a man who normally lets things wash over him but on Sunday night something exploded inside him. He was very disappointed and sad. He didn't want it to end this way."

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July 10 2006 ~ Iraq - At least 80 Dead in Civil War Bloodbath Government Forced to Depend on Local Gunmen . Professor Cole reads the daily newspapers in Arabic and is surely the best source for news and informed comment

    "Eyewitnesses in the Iraqi capital said that elements of the Mahdi Army, loyal to young Shiite nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, killed at least 61, among them women and children, on the basis of their religious identity. [Official Iraqi and US sources said these numbers were exaggerated, and most American wire services gave the number of dead as 42.] They set up a checkpoint at the entrance to the Jihad quarter of Baghdad for this purpose. Eyewitnesses said that gunmen wearing civilian clothing set up checkpoint barriers in the streets beginning early Sunday morning and began stopping passers-by. They investigated their identities, and killed anyone whom they found to be Sunni Arab. The eyewitnesses also said that some gunmen entered a number of homes and shot down the inhabitants. Some then set the houses on fire...
    Al-Hayat says that local Baghdad television (a largely Sunni outlet) carried pleas from a Sunni eyewitness to the attack for the government and the American forces to intervene to rescue them, but that the pleas went unanswered...."
    "....President Jalal Talabani uttered plattitudes about the dangers of sectarian violence devolving into "killings on the basis of identity". His aide, Muwaffaq al-Samarra'i, according to Al-Hayat, said, "Iraq has truly entered into a sectarian civil war; the matter is no longer merely one of sectarian hatred." Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said that the situation was under control...."

July 10 2006 ~ IRAQ: Insecurity, under-funding threaten children's health in Basra "...Children are dying in the dozens in southern Iraq because of lack of basic medical care and medicines. Reuters reports, '"There's a lack of everything. Children are dying because of bleeding because there are no blood bags available," said Fernandez. "Antibiotics, Pentostam [an antimony compound used in the treatment of parasite infection], special milk for dehydrated children, and almost all medical material for emergency conditions aren't available." ' . Lack of security, corruption and the flight of middle class professionals have all contributed to the crisis...."

July 10 2006 ~ More British soldiers to Afghanistan ITN "Defence Secretary Des Browne is expected to confirm that more British troops are being sent to Afghanistan." See also BBC

July 10 2006 ~ ID Cards Guardian "Opponents of identity cards yesterday stepped up their campaign for the multi-billion pound scheme to be scrapped, after it emerged that the government is planning a scaled-down version of the project so that it can meet a 2008 deadline..." (But even if the cards themselves are delayed, it has always been the accompanying national database that represents such a serious threat to our privacy. The list of more than fifty categories of information intended to be required for the register demonstrate the present government's obsession with central control. Quite apart from the civil liberties question, the government's lamentable record of IT competence make the whole enterprise dangerous.)

    "...More than 100 senior academics, independent experts and industry specialists contributed to the LSE's Identity Project, which concluded that the government's proposals would be "too costly, technically risky and complex"...... Simon Davies, the project's co-mentor, said: "Everything we warned could happen, has happened. If government wants to rescue this scheme from certain oblivion it must take action swiftly to restore the fragments of remaining trust."

July 9 2006 ~ "Suspicion of foreigners, fears over terrorism, suspects held without charge..." Required listening for all - particularly for John Denham perhaps - is this morning's Point of View on Radio 4 in which Lisa Jardine presented a comparison of our own paranoid times with that of Elizabeth 1. She concludes

    ".... If, in order to be able to detain those we suspect of intending harm, we reduce, for the time being, the long-established methods of accumulating evidence and establishing the burden of proof, how will we be able, at some future date, to reinstate them? How long will it take our children and our grandchildren to recognise the importance of what has been lost, to recover and reinstate the rights we freely gave away? "

It really is worth listening to in full (or reading here) The programme was preceded by Sunday Worship - not a programme I would normally listen to - but the address by the revd Philip Auden, Chaplain to the Port of Bristol, was an impressive example of someone speaking from the heart- just uncomplicated goodness. From St Stephen's Church, Bristol, the music by the Exultate Singers too, was as good as anything I have heard in months.

July 9 2006 ~ ID Cards Sunday Times - ID cards doomed, say officials

    "TONY BLAIR'S flagship identity cards scheme is set to fail and may not be introduced for a generation, according to leaked Whitehall e-mails from the senior officials responsible for the multi-billion-pound project. The problems are so serious that ministers have been forced to draw up plans for a scaled-down "face-saving" version to meet their pledge of phasing in the cards from 2008. However, civil servants say there is no evidence that even this compromise is "remotely feasible" and accuse ministers of "ignoring reality" by pressing ahead...."

See also Leading article

July 9 2006 ~ Iraq Professor Juan Cole writes in his website that the National Unity Government of Iraq is on the verge of collapse. The posting should be read in full. Particularly noteworthy is

    "....The Los Angeles Times has a real scoop today, having gotten hold of 400 documents regarding the investigation of the Interior Ministry and the Iraqi police. They demonstrate extensive corruption and violations. Solomon Moore writes,
      ' Brutality and corruption are rampant in Iraq's police force, with abuses ranging from the widespread rape of female prisoners and the release of terrorism suspects in exchange for bribes to assassinations of police officers and participation in insurgent bombings, according to confidential Iraqi government documents detailing more than 400 police corruption investigations. '..."

July 9 2006 ~ GAZA Kofi Annan has demanded that Israel take urgent action to prevent a humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip. See Bahrain News Agency

    ".... Annan expressed his deep concern on the dangerous situation in Palestine affirming the importance of taking speedy actions to put an end to the Palestinian suffering. In a statement issued last night, he called upon all related sides to maintain self-control and to respect international law. Six UN agencies issued a joint statement expressing their concern regarding the developments in Palestine which claimed the lives of innocent civilians and the suffering of thousands. The statement also indicated that Gaza was suffering a humanitarian crisis which could lead to dangerous repercussions if the necessary steps are not taken immediately. "

There have been more Israeli air strikes overnight on targets in Gaza. A key bridge was bombed despite calls by the United Nations to stop destroying the territory's fragile infrastructure See Euronews

July 9 2006 ~ "George W. Bush is not above the Geneva Conventions" "... 15,000 prisoners detained by the US in Iraq ... held with no access to counsel, no formal charges, or any basic legal process" We also read in Professor Cole's post that

    "A pro-Bush Iranian-American film-maker, Cyrus Kar, is suing Donald Rumsfeld and the Department of Defense over being held in detention in Iraq without charges for nearly 2 months, and sometimes abused......
    Bush and his officials and lawyers argue that he has "inherent powers" to just arrest people on suspicion and hold them indefinitely, with only an occasional military "review" of the case. The 15,000 prisoners detained by the US in Iraq are likewise being held with no access to counsel, no formal charges, or any basic legal process, with some having been tortured, and some having been held in this way for a year.

July 9 2006 ~ Craig Murray served an injunction Murder in Samarkand The supporting documents in Craig Murray's book are, in view of the behaviour of the Powers that Be (who are deeply offended by being examined by one they'd thought properly housetrained), now being mirrored across the UK internet blogosphere. (See Blairwatch ) In spite of their having been obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the documents Mr Murray had wanted to publish have been blocked and legal action is threatenend over breach of "copyright of the Crown". The documents are published at http://dahrjamailiraq.com - and will soon be appearing on many other sites. Strangely, they keep disappearing from Mr Murray's own website.

July 9 2006 ~ officials of the Environment Agency"..... prefer to see valuable medicines buried in landfill rather than put to use in Africa. This is only the latest example of the growing confusion about what constitutes "waste" under EC law, made worse in Britain by the uniquely zealous way in which the agency enforces the rules..." Christopher Booker's Notebook. in the Sunday Telegraph. Always unmissable

July 8 2006 ~ Israel Update Israel says its troops have left their positions in the northern tip of the Gaza Strip and returned to the Israeli side of the border. BBC

July 8 2006 ~ the NatWest Three "Four of Britain's most eminent law professors have strongly criticised the extradition arrangements.... The professors say that extradition arrangements with America are biased against UK citizens and that some of British justice's traditional guarantees are being undermined by political expediency...." Telegraph (British citizens can be extradited to the US without evidence being produced that there was a case to answer, even though there is no equivalent arrangement for the extradition of American nationals to the UK.)

    "...The Extradition Act 2003 was rushed through by David Blunkett, then Home Secretary, following the September 11 attacks. It was meant to help clamp down on international terrorists, but it has been used to bring Britons accused of white-collar crimes to trial in the US.
    Keith Patchett, the emeritus professor of law at the University of Wales, said that issues in the NatWest Three case "raise basic questions about the preparedness of the [UK] Government, demonstrated in other matters too, to compromise vital legal protections honed over generations"..."

July 8 2006 ~Afghanistan ".....former defence minister Doug Henderson called for British troops to be confined to barracks until the purpose of the mission was clarified. He told GMTV: "I think until a political strategy has been worked out and agreed ... then in some senses there should be a withdrawal of British troops to barracks". He claimed troops did not know what they were doing or for how long...." Guardian

July 8 2006 ~ Gaza More under-reported horror. The NYT reports,

    "... The death toll is difficult to pin down, with news agencies' tallies differing. Dr. Jumaa al-Saqqa, a surgeon and spokesman for Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza's largest, said 26 Palestinians died in Gaza on Thursday and more than 80 were wounded. Two of the dead were children, Dr. Saqqa said. He estimated that 20 percent of the wounded were young men under the age of 17..."

July 8 2006 ~ Haditha The BBC tells us that

    "... The report has been completed and reviewed by Lt-Gen Peter Chiarelli, the second-ranking US commander in Iraq. Twenty-four civilians died in the incident in November. The US military initially said they were killed in a bomb blast and exchange of fire. But reports subsequently emerged that US soldiers killed them. ....Gen Chiarelli has found that senior officers failed to investigate inconsistencies in the initial reports, which suggested the civilians were victims of a roadside bombing. ......"

The New York Times reports in detail

July 8 2006 ~ No agreement on small arms "A U.N. meeting meant to expand a five-year-old crackdown on the illicit global trade in small arms ended in chaos on Friday as delegates ran out of time without reaching agreement on a plan for future action. .." Reuters

July 8 2006 ~ North Korea " threatened on Friday to take "stronger physical actions" after Japan imposed punitive measures in response to its barrage of missile tests and pushed for international sanctions at the United Nations. .." Reuters

July 8 2006 ~ Berlusconi and David Mills The estranged husband of Tessa Jowell was yesterday ordered to stand trial in Milan accused of fraud, tax evasion and money-laundering. He faces up to 12 years in an Italian prison if convicted. He is accused of helping Silvio Berlusconi to avoid as much as 60 million (£41.5 million) in tax between 1994 and 1999. The Telegraph says that he "... is also facing another possible trial for allegedly accepting $600,000 in order to gloss over details of Mr Berlusconi's media holdings when he testified in two court cases."
As for Mr Blair's friend Berlusconi, he himself is to stand trial over alleged fraud at his media firm. See BBC report.

July 8 2006 ~ John Prescott "faced calls to quit last night from his own back benches as it emerged that he had been due to meet the Millennium Dome's billionaire American owner in London this week. The Deputy Prime Minister had planned to defy his critics by pressing ahead with face-to-face talks with Philip Anschutz, but the tycoon pulled out after a furore erupted over their relationship..." Telegraph
The Ministerial Code says that ministers must not "accept gifts, hospitality or service from anyone which would, or might appear to, place him or her under an obligation".

July 8 2006 ~ Iraq "Virtually every Iraqi institution of higher education is at risk. Universities, colleges, and research institutions operate under severe political duress and without adequate resources, transparent funding mechanisms, or the civil and legal protections to nurture and promote a vibrant intellectual climate and civil society.." Professor Juan Cole MESA & AAUP Condemn Violence Against Iraqi Academics

July 7 2006 ~ 52 innocent people died on July 7 2005 in the London bombings. A two minute silence is no bad idea - even if our own feelings about the bombings, their causes and the aftermath may be somewhat different from the view given out by Downing Street

    " A public inquiry into the July 2005 London bombings would divert resources.... recent press claims about intelligence about the four bombers was "wrong". A public inquiry would merely tell us "what we already know"..." (BBC

The government remains resolute in its insistence that the country's foreign policy had no connection with the motivation of the bombers. (See opendemocracy.net )
The latest video to emerge, we hear the voice of Shehzad Tanweer : "What you have witnessed now is only the beginning of a strain of attacks that will continue and become stronger until you pull your forces out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and until you stop your financial and military support to America and Israel."
It is heartbreaking that the follies of the West can lead so inexorably to revengeful murders from those who think "Al Qaeda" has an answer to them.
The indiscriminate killings embraced people from all ethnic backgrounds and classes. As the British Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks said at the time:

    "It is not the weapon of the weak against the strong but the rage of the angry against the defenseless and innocent. It is an evil means to an evil end."

And the killings of July 7 led to the horrible misunderstanding of Islam itself and of Muslims in Britain who follow a religion that categorically forbids terrorism. I tried to express some of this last year in the warmwell blog - but, as that blog explains, it is all so much better said by Simon Jenkins.

July 4 2006 ~ " issues before the Cabinet are not put to the vote" Tony Blair appeared before the Commons Liaison committee today. Guardian (One BBC headline is 'I'm no dictator', says PM Blair ) His answers included:


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Women prisoners 'at record high'
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Scotland's female prison population has climbed to an all-time high in the past year, according to statistics.

The 15% increase comes despite efforts to reduce the number of women inmates.

Figures showed 365 women were being held in Scotland's jails last week. Campaigners have called for greater use of an alternative to custody.

The Scottish Executive said the rise in female prisoners was "disappointing" but there were other community options to custodial sentences.

There were 365 female prisoners in Scotland on 12 May - an increase of 15% on the same day last year.

Since 2002 the figure has risen by one third, despite a drive to reduce the number of women who are receiving custodial sentences.

The prison population for women in Scotland is the highest it's ever been and we need to link up that high prison population with the projects which are there to reduce it
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Statistics show the majority of women are not convicted for violent crime and generally receive shorter sentences.

In 70% of cases sentences are for six months or less. In 2004/5 more than 400 women were sent to prison for failing to pay a fine.

The Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice (SCCCJ) said someone needed to be in the courts to explain to sheriffs the root causes of female offending.

Baroness Vivien Stern, convener of the SCCCJ, told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "Women in the criminal justice system are very different from men.

"Policies would be better if they weren't modelled on men. Women are much less likely to have committed a violent offence and much more likely to have committed an offence of dishonesty or be imprisoned for a drugs offence.

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"What we've failed to do, conspicuously, is to have policies that are very different and in the end that's discrimination."

Baroness Stern called for more "world-class" projects like 218, a centre in Glasgow which provides an alternative to custody and offers support for women including detox and residential services.

She said it was crucial that sheriffs be made aware of such services.

"The prison population for women in Scotland is the highest it's ever been and we need to link up that high prison population with the projects which are there to reduce it," she added.

We want to see the number of women in prison fall - that is why a number of disposals have programmes focused specifically on the needs of women
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In a statement, the Scottish Executive said: "The rise in the number of female prisoners is disappointing.

"Individual sentencing decisions are of course for the judiciary. The role of the executive is to make sure that there are a good range of effective community options available to the courts.

"We want to see the number of women in prison fall - that is why a number of disposals have programmes focused specifically on the needs of women."

The executive said projects like the 218 centre in Glasgow had delivered a number of benefits, including reducing re-offending and drug misuse.

Ministers have also introduced a pilot for the mandatory use of supervised attendance orders, withdrawing the option of jail for those who have defaulted on fines up to £500 and replacing it with community work.


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The Times July 14, 2006

Official: Jack the Ripper identified


Scotland Yard has taken possession of a policeman’s memoirs which names the serial killer

PRIVATE handwritten notes by the man who led the hunt for Jack the Ripper naming the chief suspect were given to Scotland Yard’s Black Museum yesterday.

Chief Inspector Donald Swanson kept quiet for years but in retirement, frustrated that the murderer had escaped justice, could not resist scribbling notes in the margin of his boss’s memoirs, naming the man that they both believed had become the world’s most famous serial killer.

The man he named was Aaron Kosminski, a Polish-Jewish hairdresser living in Whitechapel, East London, who was eventually committed to a lunatic asylum, where he died.

According to Swanson the police were so convinced that Kosminski was the killer of at least five prostitutes in the 1880s that they organised a secret identity parade at a police rest home. The witness was a Jew who was said to have refused to give evidence.

Swanson made his notes in a book called The Lighter Side of My Official Life by Sir Robert Anderson, who was an assistant commissioner, for whom Swanson became staff officer.

Sir Robert said as a “definitely ascertainable fact” that the killer was a Polish Jew. He said that the only person who ever had a good view of the killer “unhesitantly identified the suspect the instant he was confronted but refused to give evidence”.

Mr Swanson wrote: “Because the suspect was also a Jew and also because his evidence would convict the suspect and witness would be the means of murderer being hanged — which he did not wish to be left on his mind.”

He said that the suspect had been taken by police to the rest home for the identification and that Kosminski knew he had been identified. He was taken back to his brother’s home in Whitechapel and police kept a secret watch.

Eventually he had to be taken, bound, to a workhouse and then to an asylum where he died “shortly afterwards”. Swanson wrote: “Kosminski was the suspect.”

Yesterday as the Swanson family handed over the book with its margin notes to the Yard’s refurbished Crime Museum, Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Lovelock, who heads detective training and the museum, said that the identification was very interesting.

Mr Lovelock said that the name had been mentioned before and the margin notes were revealed some years ago but he believed that they were significant.

Nevill Swanson, the Victorian detective’s grandson, said; “My grandfather thought he had got his man but never nailed him.”

Yard researches suggested that Kosminski was arrested by police after he threatened his sister with a knife and they were struck by his resemblance to descriptions of the Ripper.

But he was considered too mentally ill to be questioned, He was taken in the care of his brother to a Yard police rest home in Brighton and the identity parade was held there.

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16 July 2006
COPS WON'T BE CHARGED OVER DE MENEZES DEATH...

POLICE involved in the shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes will not be charged with murder or manslaughter, reports said yesterday.

The Crown Prosecution Service are said to have ruled no officers will be prosecuted as a result of the 27-year-old's death at Stockwell tube station in the wake of the London bombings last July.

The CPS are expected to announce the Metropolitan Police service will be charged with breaching health and safety laws instead. If found guilty, it could be fined an unlimited sum.

The de Menezes' solicitor said they "would like to see officers held to account... for someone to be charged with a homicide offence".

 

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Guards fury at new orders Treat cons like customers Always say
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PRISON officers have been told to treat prisoners like customers... and always say please and thank you.

The bizarre "be nice" order could have come straight from Ronnie Barker's 70s prison comedy Porridge.

But it's difficult to imagine hard-line warder Mr Mackay - played by Scots actor Fulton Mackay - running around after Fletch and Godber (Barker and co-star Richard Beckinsale).

The "customer is always right" principle is a key part of one-day training workshops run by the Scottish Prison Service.

An SPS source said: "We are taught to show respect towards prisoners and be polite and courteous dealing with them."

Officers reacted with fury after they were told to provide "excellent customer service".

An insider said: "Fulton Mackay played a real tough officer. He would be astonished by this edict. Prisoners are in jail to be punished... not to be waited on hand and foot."

The customer service workshops are being co-ordinated by the Scottish Prison Service College in Falkirk.

Staff from seven jails - including high-security prisons such as Barlinnie and Peterhead - have been sent on the Excellence in Customer Service course.

The SPS say the idea of making prisons customer-focused has been imported from America.

Writing in the in-house SPS magazine, Stuart Monteith, head of operations at Perth prison, said: "We have had good feedback from staff on the course."

Derek Turner, of the Prison Officers Association, said: "Prisoners should be treated with dignity but they have been put in there because of offences against society.

"They should not be called customers. Prison officers should always have the authority. I think the idea of prisoners being treated like customers has come from certain private prisons where inmates are given plush waiting rooms and a newspaper to read before they are processed."

Emma Thomson, of Families of Murdered Children, said: "This is laughable. Some of the people in prison are animals and we should not be paying people to learn how to be nicer to them."

The course has briefly stopped running but in the last fortnight trainers have been asked to re-start it. The move followed requests from managers at two jails who want their staff to do it.

Barry Mackay, head of training services at the SPS College, said: "The course looks at what makes excellent customer service and encourages prison staff to apply that to their particular job.

"It helps underpin the SPS's aims for correctional excellence and our value of mutual support, caring and integrity."

The SPS said: "Our aim in providing a quality service is to assist in reducing re-offending and make Scotland safer for all of us.

"A customer may be right or wrong but they are still a customer."

 

NOTE: Any person sent to prison by a court is a punishment for that crime/s.

 

People are not sent to prison to be punished unlike the quote from a prison insider who is obviously a SCREW:

 

An insider said: "Fulton Mackay played a real tough officer. He would be astonished by this edict. Prisoners are in jail to be punished... not to be waited on hand and foot."


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Ex-prisons chief launches broadside at 'gutless' Blair

Labour's law and order record disfigured by imprisoning children

Ned Temko, Jamie Doward and Ali Beach
Sunday July 16, 2006
The Observer


The former head of the Prison Service launched a withering attack yesterday on Tony Blair's law-and-order record, accusing the government of lacking 'the guts' to admit that thousands of imprisoned children, mentally ill people and petty offenders did not belong behind bars.

The extraordinary broadside from Martin Narey, who ran the service for seven years before leaving to head the children's charity Barnardo's last October, will increase pressure on the Home Secretary, John Reid, ahead of a major speech this week laying out plans to overhaul the criminal justice system.

Narey said he hoped Reid would have the courage to cut prisoner numbers by up to 10,000 from their present level of 78,443, which threatens to breach the service's 'safe' upper limit of 81,150. If he didn't, he would have no choice but to build more jails - something Labour had resisted since coming to power in 1997.

Government sources said Reid was likely to announce plans to expand capacity and build new jails, rather than pledge any early cut in numbers.

Narey told The Observer he was speaking out because the jails had reached crisis point. 'It takes guts for politicians to recognise that for some people, prison isn't the appropriate place,' he said. While criticising mistakes going back two decades, he turned his main fire on Labour: 'The only Home Secretary brave enough to point out the reality that prison is an ineffective way of dealing with petty offenders was Douglas Hurd, when he was working for Margaret Thatcher, for God's sake! He drove the prison population down by 4,000.'

Reid will also face fresh questions on the success of the government law-and-order agenda this week as new figures show a surge in the number of robberies over the last year, while many police forces have also recorded significant increases in violent crime generally.

The number of robberies - chiefly muggings - committed in England and Wales is expected to have risen by almost 10 per cent, according to Home Office figures to be published on Thursday.

An Observer survey of police forces across the country shows that, although overall levels of crime are falling, many forces are struggling to curb street crime and violent offences.

In London, robberies are up eight per cent year on year while violent crime has risen by two per cent, according to Metropolitan Police' figures. In West Yorkshire, violent crime is up nearly 10 per cent and robberies have risen by more than 15 per cent. In the West Midlands the number of violent crimes recorded by police is up almost 3 per cent, while figures to be released by the Gloucestershire force will show robberies up by 24 per cent and violent crime up by nearly 10 per cent.

Narey said that when he took over the running of prisons shortly after Blair's first election victory, about 65,000 people were locked up. The figure rose steadily due to the imprisonment of petty offenders, children and people with mental problems.

'Care in the community has become custody in the community,' said Narey. Ninety per cent of prisoners now had some mental health-related problem: alcoholism, drug addiction, psychosis, neurosis or personality disorder. About 5,000 were 'profoundly mentally ill'.

By the time Narey left, he said, he was 'frankly sick of running prisons absolutely on the edge' and writing 'a note a month to ministers' warning of the consequences. Narey was particularly concerned about the number of youngsters in jail, many due to Antisocial Behaviour Orders which 'were never intended to be applied to children'.

Last night, it emerged that Reid could be preparing to approve the first independent public inquiry into the treatment of children in jails - triggered by the case of a suicidal teenage girl with a history of abuse and drug problems, first brought to national attention by The Observer.

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20 July 2006
BLOG ON TO HUGE NET CRAZE...

MORE than a quarter of internet users in the UK now write a blog - or online journal, according to a survey.

And 59 per cent of bloggers opt to make their writing publicly available, a study by social networking site MSN Spaces showed.

The researchers found 27 per cent of UK internet users wrote a blog, with Yorkshire (35 per cent) the blogging hotspot.

Most people use their blog as a form of online diary (59 per cent), while writing about a hobby (28 per cent), travel (17 per cent) and news and world events (12 per cent) were also popular.

Topics covered range from technology to fashion and celebrities.

Cristiano Ventura, of MSN Spaces, said: "Blogging has taken the UK by storm and allowed a nation to express itself in a hugely interactive way."


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The Sun 21st July 2006

 

 

WPC ... Louise Flanagan
WPC ... Louise Flanagan

'Mistress attacked cop'

By JOHN SCOTT

A POLICEWOMAN was pushed through a plate glass door after a three-in-a-bed romp, a court heard yesterday.

 

 

Louise Flanagan, 22, was said to have been attacked by Kim Tempest, 27, after the pair stripped to their underwear with playboy doctor Matthew Hunter, 33.

 

Miss Flanagan was allegedly standing up for chiropractor Dr Hunter’s estranged wife Carolyn.

The doctor, a father of two, had invited the unmarried WPC — a patient — to his home for a drink after a scan showed her back problem was improving, said prosecutor Timothy Sapwell.

Tempest, Dr Hunter’s mistress, arrived three hours later, the jury was told.

Mr Sapwell told Birmingham Crown Court: “The three of them ended up in one bedroom and, in fact, one bed together.

 

“It seems Miss Flanagan suspected this may have been a situation engineered by Dr Hunter and perhaps by Tempest for other reasons.

“Miss Flanagan was unhappy about the arrangement and in due course, during the early hours of the morning, went downstairs to get a drink of water. She was joined by the defendant and Dr Hunter also came down.

“Miss Flanagan was standing in the kitchen and Tempest was saying things about Dr Hunter’s wife, who was estranged from him and staying in America.

“His wife was also a chiropractor who had treated Miss Flanagan’s mother so she stuck up for Mrs Hunter.

“It seems this made Tempest angry and she pushed Miss Flanagan, causing her to fall through a glass pane in the door.”

The cop, of Streetly, Birmingham, suffered several cuts in the incident in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. She denies joining the other two in the bed. Tempest, also from Streetly, denies assault.

The trial continues.

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Blog No2 ... Brunstrom

Blog No2 ... Brunstrom

 

 

My cops are Dai lingual!

TRAFFIC-mad chief constable Richard Brunstrom produced his second internet blog yesterday — and said any cops wanting to get on must learn Welsh.

Mr Brunstrom, 52, said he learned the language as “it’s vitally important that police demonstrate language sensitivity”.

He said: “All new members of North Wales Police will take a simple Welsh test before they join and a slightly more difficult one during their first couple of years.

“No one will get promoted without passing a simple language test.”

He said he had just recorded a Welsh version of Desert Island Discs.

The Sun revealed yesterday how in his first blog he described spending his day off having “fun” catching motorists.

 

Read his blog here: http://www.north-wales.police.uk/nwp/public/en/blogs/viewblog2.asp?CID=4

 

 

 

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According to a survey this week, one in four of us now writes a weblog. That's an awful lot of blogging - but is anyone actually reading any of this stuff? Tim Dowling goes surfing to see what floats to the top


Saturday July 22, 2006
The Guardian


Jodie Marsh
jodiemarsh.tv

About Jodie: "Jodie was first seen on our screens starring in ITV's Essex Wives but, is probably better known for her work as a glamour model and let's not forget all those column inches dedicated to her daring dress sense and off-camera antics."

Sampler: "God - have I got some stories for you!!!!! I could write a book on the last week's happenings. What with meeting heros, going out with Hollywood actors and footballers, having arguments with Z-list celebs (I'll tell all soon!), snogging 19-year-olds and sending very naughty pictures to people's phones! My life is a rollercoaster ride and right now I'm at the top screaming!"

 

Bookmarkability: You have to register to read it, but thankfully Jodie doesn't want to know as much about you as she wants you to know about her. But can you cope with the frightening exclamation mark rate?!!!

David Miliband
davidmiliband

About David: "David Miliband was appointed as secretary of state for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on May 5 2006."

Sampler: "It is worth noting the Defra/ Natural England Partnership announcement on new options to reward farmers for environmental stewardship.

Anita Roddick
anitaroddick.com

About Anita: "I founded the Body Shop in 1976 ... "

Sampler: "Real creativity has me in awe, and Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics) is one of the most thrilling creative minds I have ever met."

Bookmarkability: Fabulous for reprints of articles that strike Anita Roddick as interesting.

Uri Geller
urisays

About Uri: "'Uri' in Hebrew translates as 'my light'."

Sampler: "Houmous is a morass of beige goo, the edible equivalent of fog, until my nose detects its lemony zing."

Bookmarkability: Nowhere near as weird as you'd imagine, disappointingly.

Shaun Woodward
shaunwoodward.com

About Shaun: Former researcher on That's Life, but better known as Labour MP for St Helens South, having defected from the Tory party in 1999.

Sampler: "Following my new appointment as creative industries and tourism minister I hope to harness my experience working in broadcasting to understand and promote Britain's outstanding creative industries."

Bookmarkability: Yes, for fans of cautious and wordy reiterations of New Labour policy. The fact that he hasn't posted in two months doesn't seem to have caused a major outcry.

Boris Johnson
boris-johnson.com

About Boris: "Journalist, columnist and Member of Parliament for Henley on Thames".

Sampler: "On trains, passengers are continually interrupted by the guard warning them to drink water, bottles of which may conveniently be obtained from the buffet car at a mere two quid a pop. What next? Will they have to remind us to keep breathing?"

Bookmarkability: A cheap way of reading his Telegraph column.

Jeffrey Archer
jeffreyarchers.blogspot.com

About Jeffrey: "It has often been said that Jeffrey Archer's own story would make an international bestseller ... "

Sampler: "I hate my dentist - in fact, he's a rather nice chap - but I still hate him. This time it was only an implant, but I have to return to have the stitches removed. I was in good enough shape to watch the Test match and see Michael Gambon in Eh Joe."

Bookmarkability: Brimming with Pooterish self-congratulation. He's only been blogging since June, but already it transcends parody.

Richard Brunstrom
north-wales.police.uk

About Richard: "The UK's first blogging chief constable".

Sampler: "On Saturday, I spent the day (should have been my day off, but my wife's away, so I can have some fun) out near the Wakestock Festival at Abersoch with our ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) team. We did a 12-hour stint on the A497 in the outskirts of Pwllheli, in baking sunshine."

Bookmarkability: This is not a man who feels the need to be interesting. Still, he's only been at it a week.

 

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The Telegraph 22nd July 2006

 

The Blogs: a story of internet folk

Interested in the confessions of a window cleaner? Want to know what nurses do for fun, or what goes on in a magistrates' retiring room? Welcome to the world of the "professional confessional" - a fast developing subset of the internet blogging phenomenon.

Thousands of Britons are devoting hours every week updating online journals describing the minutiae and secrets of their working days.

 
Chief Constable Brunstrom's blog
Chief Constable Brunstrom's blog

Mostly anonymous, but occasionally signed, the blogs are providing an intriguing glimpse into the working practices of the early 21st century.

This week the Chief Constable of North Wales joined the craze with a regular, and surprisingly frank web journal. In his first entry, Richard Brunstrom, famed for his obsession with cracking down on errant motorists, revealed how he spent his day off.

While his wife was away, he wrote, he had the opportunity to "sneak off to have some fun". For Mr Brunstrom, that meant getting back into uniform and spending an uninterrupted shift stopping cars.

"We did a 12-hour shift on the A497 on the outskirts of Pwllheli, in baking sunshine," he enthused. "This part of Wales is one of the nicest places on the planet in good weather - shame it doesn't happen more often!

 
Richard Brunstrom
Richard Brunstrom

"The camera read 5,891 number plates, from which we had 321 'hits', resulting in us stopping 109 cars. During the course of the day the team arrested 22 people, mostly for possession of relatively small amounts of cannabis."

He even managed to arrest one driver himself, for having £20 worth of herbal cannabis in his car. By yesterday evening, Mr Brunstorm had made four entries to his diary.

His latest updates were less sensational, discussing his meetings, his paperwork and commenting on the Home Office and the weather.

Blogging is, like many computer-related past times, something that divides old and young.

A study published this week by the internet company MSN claimed that one in four users in Britain were writing blogs.

However, 42 per cent of under 25-year-olds regularly update a blog - compared to just 13 per cent of over 45-year-olds.

The blogging phenomenon is a relatively new one. The first blog - a derivative of "web log" - appeared in the late 1990s. The term was coined by the blogging pioneer, Jorn Barger, to describe sites containing links to interesting websites. The definition soon expanded to include online journals and comment and gossip sites.

Most bloggers write personal diaries - usually for the family and friends. The most visited blogs are devoted to political gossip and comment. Once regarded as the home of amateur, "wannabe" journalists, they are increasingly setting the political agenda.

The Guido Fawkes political blog, for instance, recently named a woman it claimed was John Prescott's mistress.

The story was picked up by newspapers and BBC Radio Four's Today programme.

While the gossip sites get most hits, it is the third group, the work blogs, that may be of greatest interest to future social historians.

"Bill Sticker", an anonymous traffic warden, uses his blog to chart his daily trek through the streets, commenting on drivers that abuse him and the pressure to meet quotas. The NHS Blog Doctor, also known as Dr Crippen, uses his site to discuss patients and NHS politics. Others are written by librarians, bus drivers, nurses and teachers.

James Richards, a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, who runs a site dedicated to work blogs, said a large proportion of the entries were written by police officers. Medical work blogs were also popular.

Despite popular perception, most were not whistleblowing sites or excuses to moan about managers.

"For a lot of people they are a medium for creative writing," he said. "Some do it to vent frustrations, but not necessarily with an end in mind."

Work blogs might be the only outlets for police officers, doctors, and nurses to discuss problems and issues at work, he said.

The risks for occupational bloggers can be severe. Last week a British secretary working in France claimed that she had been unfairly sacked for writing a weblog about her home and office life.

Prof Pam Briggs of Northumbria University believes e-mails and blogs encourage people to reveal more about themselves and their jobs than they would normally do.

"You only have the text and you don't usually enrich it with pictures," she said.

"So one of the things you do to make it more intimate is compensate for the lack of social cues by disclosing more information and projecting a bit more of yourself."

 

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The Sunday Times July 23, 2006

Oh boyo! Nicked by the barmy blogger in blue


If the Bard were alive, he would be writing a blog. True, “blog” sounds less the work of a pensmith than a Polish plumber. Indeed, many blogs read as if they are written by Polish plumbers. But professional confessionals posted on the web are invaluable as they give us — unintentionally, of course — the naked truth about their authors.

Take Richard Brunstrom, rabidly anti-speeding chief constable of North Wales police. He confides on his blog that with his wife away it was time to “sneak off to have some fun”. Hmm: so what mischief did this saucy cad get up to? Invite mates out for a few shandies? Swing by the local night spot and show a young lady what he can do with his Gatso gun? Or perhaps play, very slowly, with his Scalextric? Nope, this guy is more likely to polish his own truncheon.

Brunstrom records proudly that on his day off he joined a 12-hour shift nicking drivers on the A497. “The camera read 5,891 numberplates, from which we had 321 hits, resulting in us stopping 109 cars,” he salivates. The team arrested 22 people, mostly for possession of cannabis.

Well, bravo Braveheart: what a gent, so contributing to the sum of human joy on your day of rest.

This man is unhinged. Nabbing drivers is his leisure, his life; does he find trainspotting too exciting? If he collected blue movies they would be called Bertha the Speed Hump and Naughty Drivers Caught in a Flash. If he sees you looking happy he instantly wonders if there are grounds for an Asbo. I bet he falls asleep dribbling, counting penalty points.

Long after he is pensioned off — or sectioned — he will probably be allowed out on “fun days”, when he will leap dementedly from fake bushes like a mad Clouseau waving a fist at Ferraris. To be fair, Brunstom has another hobby — he brings down the full majesty of the law on those who diss the Welsh.

But if you think this crazy diamond is a one-off, think again. Last week an Essex council caused a seven-mile jam in 93F heat for 11 hours: to conduct a survey.

Interviewing Brunstrom, I was in awe: he was such a bore he was cool. But only in his blog does one plumb the depths of a man who truly dares to be dull.

Like many folk who are tedious he thinks he can entertain us on the web. He can, just not intentionally. And unlike dangerous drivers, dull bloggers can’t, alas, lose their licences.

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Mail on Sunday 23rd July 2006

 

Dando jurors: We have doubts over guilty verdict

By DENNIS RICE and ANDREW CHAPMAN, The Mail on Sunday

 

Two members of the jury which convicted Barry George of murdering Jill Dando have been filmed for a BBC documentary which questions the guilty verdict in the case, campaigners for his release said last night.

The pair - one is understood to be a man and the other a woman - are said to have agreed to appear on the programme after expressing concerns about the safety of the conviction.

It is highly unusual for jurors to discuss publicly a case they have been involved in and there are strict laws against approaching them. It is understood that the interviews were conducted only after intense discussion between lawyers at the BBC.

 

The jurors' agreement to appear in the programme - in which they are presented with fresh evidence about the murder - was hailed yesterday as a crucial breakthrough in the campaign to free Barry George, 45, who was convicted six years ago of murdering the BBC presenter.

 

Murdered: TV presenter Jill Dando

 

Last night George's sister Michelle Diskin, who has been campaigning for her brother's release since the day he was jailed for life, said: "Barry never killed Jill Dando. His family do not believe it, many members of the police and judiciary do not believe it, and now these two jury members are expressing doubts.

"I understand that, while both do not say so on the programme, they feel there may have been a miscarriage of justice here. I know that at least one of them has been trying for the last six years to get the authorities to listen to them."

Sources said yesterday that although the jurors do not discuss the original jury's deliberations on film - by doing so they would have put both themselves and the BBC in contempt of court - they agreed to consider fresh evidence which was not shown to them at the time of the original trial.

This is understood to include claims from at least one FBI investigator in America that the forensic approach of the Metropolitan police was flawed. The programme also hears from a witness who has claimed that the trial was misled about a micro particle of gunpowder which was found in one of the inside pockets of a jacket belonging to George.

The firearms residue was discovered more than a year after the murder by police searching George's flat in Fulham, West london, and the original trial was told that none of the officers who carried out the search were armed. This was the key piece of evidence against George.

However, a local Baptist minister who knew George has since come forward to claim that he called at the flat during the search and saw armed police there. If true, the minister's account may explain how the fragment of gunpowder came to be on George's clothes: that it may have been innocently contaminated by the presence of the firearms on the officers.

A source close to the documentary said: "The idea of having the original jury members examine the new evidence is obviously an original one but we are talking about people who were more than willing to take part.

"Both say the new evidence should have been presented to them at the original trial and that, if it had been, there might have been a different verdict."

In contempt?

Under the Contempt of Court Act 1981 it is an offence for anyone to 'obtain, disclose or solicit' any arguments, opinions or statements made by jurors in the course of their deliberations.

Any juror - or person caught discussing the deliberations with them - faces an unlimited fine and up to two years behind bars. It is understood, however, that the BBC team's lawyers have ensured they do not fall foul of the law.

At the Court of Appeal in 2002 it was said that one jury member had shown 'deep upset' about the guilty verdict, which was returned by a 10-1 majority. The juror had rung the Old Bailey authorities in distress about 'things said and done by jurors' during the trial. He also called George's solicitor to complain that the conviction was a 'terrible wrong'.

George's counsel, Michael Mansfield QC, told the appeal hearing that the jury may also have ignored instructions that they were not to continue deliberating on their verdict during their five-night stay at a hotel. He said that if this was indeed the case then it may have given rise to a miscarriage of justice.

The conviction, however, was upheld, with the court saying there was still 'compelling evidence' that George had murdered the Crimewatch presenter.

She was shot through the head on the doorstep of her home in Fulham in April 1999. George was arrested 12 months later and convicted of her murder in 2001.

The documentary team is led by Raphael Rowe, who became a roving reporter for the Today programme after he spent ten years in jail for murder and robbery convictions which were later quashed.

Yesterday he confirmed that they had filmed a documentary about the murder of Jill Dando but declined to go into details on what the jury members said.

Sources at the BBC said that Miss Dando's family had been informed about the documentary but declined to say if the relatives had been told about jury members taking part.

The BBC is expected to broadcast the documentary sometime in September. The findings will then be passed to the Criminal Cases Review Commission which is due to announce its findings on the case later this year. The CCRC has the power to return the case to the Court of Appeal. George's conviction was referred to the commission by a member of his legal team in 2005.

Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn MP, who has been campaigning for a review of the case, said: "In light of the views now apparently being expressed by these jurors, in addition to what we know already, I believe it is right and proper that the Criminal Cases Review Commission refer this case back to the Court of Appeal."

 

Last night a spokesman for the commission said it would take an interest in the BBC's findings. "We would be interested to see what the BBC is putting forward. Our job is to look at any new evidence and whether that undermines the safety of the conviction."

 

Reader comments

 

I always wondered about how a man who was apparently rather disorganised and feeble could kill somebody so ruthlessly and quietly and make an effective escape.

- Ken, Huntingdon, Cambs

I have always had doubts myself about whether Barry George was really guilty of the murder of Jill Dando. I just felt that things were not right about the case and I can only put it down to instinct.

- Kathy, Birmingham, UK

Good article. Eventually the truth comes out and this article is a step in that direction. Maybe someday we will see justice for all concerned in this sad story.

- Mike Bourke, British Isles

Because it was a 'celebrity' is was clearly a case of 'better get someone for this' not necessarily the right one.

- Freddie, Northants

This was a high profile case, with the BBC giving it a disproportionate amount of TV coverage. It wouldn't surprise me if mistakes were made.

- Margaret Jones, Worcester, UK

I have always felt unsure of the verdict of this case and the person responsible has got away with murder.

- P, Surrey

I am very much against second guessing a jury verdict as they have all the evidence and we normally do not. However in this case I always thought the verdict was unsafe and the Police were under pressure to arrest someone in connection with this matter. Barry George was an easy target but sadly if the conviction is wrong then the guilty person(s) are still free to repeat the offence.

- Eric Clarke, Huddersfield, England

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The BBC is preparing a documentary that will examine new evidence in the murder of presenter Jill Dando.

It will focus on the findings of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which is examining evidence presented by lawyers for Barry George.

He has always denied the 1999 murder and in 2002 took his case to the Court of Appeal, but lost.

The BBC would not comment on the programme's content, saying it was in the "very early stages" of development.

In March George's lawyers presented their case to the commission, which has the power to refer it back to the Court of Appeal if there is a real prospect the conviction will be quashed.

His solicitors said that he was not capable of committing the crime because of his mental disabilities.

Barry George
Doubts raised about his conviction

A second plank to their case was that two new witnesses said they saw armed officers at the scene when George was arrested, contrary to what police have insisted.

This was significant because the only forensic evidence that linked him with the murder was a particle from gunshot residue, his lawyers said.

The third part to the appeal was previously undisclosed psychological profile reports which suggested the person responsible was of a very different character to George.

Rules to jurors

The BBC would not comment on reports in the Mail on Sunday that the documentary would include interviews with two members of the jury that convicted George.

Jill Dando on set
Dando on the Crimewatch UK set

There are strict laws preventing jurors talking about a case they have been involved in.

But the newspaper said it was understood the jurors would not comment on the jury's deliberations, which would put themselves and the BBC in contempt of court.

A BBC spokesman said: "The Criminal Cases Review Commission is expected to announce its findings later this year, which naturally would be of interest to any current affairs team.

"Everybody involved has been liaising with BBC lawyers to ensure that the process has been legalled throughout."

He added that no broadcast date had been set yet.

 

 

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The Times 25th July 2006

 

Water gun threat

Contestants in a water pistol tournament have been told that they risk being shot. British Transport Police said that the sight of people holding water guns that look like real guns could trigger an armed response on the London Underground. The Street Wars contest begins today and lasts three weeks.

 

Think you've got what it takes to be an ASSASSIN?

 

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Hi All... thanks for your posts with regards to 'F-Zone News'.  In response to Magpie's previous post about the new craze, Streetwars, I watched a programme about it yesterday, and have to say, I think it sounds like fun.

 

The creators of the 'game' were interviewed about the rules of the game, and the potential dangers associated with it, and although I can see how some people may be a little concerned by it, it seems like harmless fun, bearing in mind, all those who could be potentially 'assassinated' have signed up for the game willingly in the first place.

 

If I wasn't so averse to walking/exercise, I might have signed up myself....

 

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Water pistol game 'irresponsible'
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Contestants are advised to stay off the Tube and railway stations
Contestants in a giant game where players roam London shooting each other with water pistols, risk committing criminal offences, police have warned.

Street Wars is a three-week contest in which players are given the name, address and a picture of a target.

Their aim is to hunt them down and squirt them with water.

But police said those taking part were irresponsible because some water pistols look like real guns and could lead to armed police being deployed.

The game which, according to its website, has been played in New York City, Vancouver, Vienna, San Francisco and Los Angeles, will begin in London on Tuesday.

'Genuine fear'

But British Transport Police said: "The sight of people carrying what appears to a be a firearm on the London Underground system one year after the tragic events of July 2005 will cause passengers and staff genuine fear.

"Calls to the police may lead to disruption to services and the deployment of armed officers. Any offences committed will be treated seriously."

Supt Bob Pacey advised contestants to stay away from the London Underground and rail system.

Scotland Yard added that a seemingly innocent bit of fun could result in a waste of police time and divert essential resources away from real life.

So far there has been no response from the game organisers about the police's comments.


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