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that just aboat sums it up.the police in glasgow more concerned aboat boxes of fireworks being sold illegally.shame they cant see the real damage that there causing to innocent people by all there corrupt dodgy dealings amoungst the lot of em. illegally sold fireworks are a job for trading standards or didnt they know that

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No doubt they will be used by the very same people who confiscated them...Anyway this site puts a big rocket right up their asses


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4 November 2006
BONFIRE NIGHT BURGLAR ALERT...

GUY Fawkes night celebrations could end in tears for many house-holds, insurance giants Norwich Union have warned.

A study has found November 5 is the worst night of the year for break-ins.

Opportunist crooks can gain easy access to homes while families are at public firework displays, bonfires or parties, the firm said.

Leaving lights on, locking all doors and ensuring keys are not left in locks could foil burglars.

Jason Harris, a claims manager, said: "Home security is often the last thing on people's minds."


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Home destroyed in firework attack
A house in Nottingham has been gutted by arsonists who put a firework through the letterbox.

Three men were in the house in Raymede Drive on the Bestwood Estate at the time of the attack.

Two gave chase to the attackers and were then assaulted by a group of men. The third man escaped but suffered the effects of smoke inhalation.

Police have described the arson, on Friday evening, as "a deliberate and malicious attack".

The lit firework was pushed through the letter box just after 2100 GMT, three men were seen by the occupants running away from the house.

Group attack

Two men, aged 17 and 23, who were inside the property, chased after the attackers who ran across Paddstow Road and Southglade Road.

But in the ground of Southglades Leisure Centre the three attackers were joined by another four men who attacked the two from the house.

They suffered cuts and bruises in the assault. They managed to escape and ran back to the house to find it gutted by fire, police said.

A third man, aged in his early 20s, who was upstairs in the property managed to escape.

'Lucky escape'

He suffered minor smoke inhalation but did not need hospital treatment.

Det Insp Rob Griffin said: "The fire caused extensive damage.

"It was a deliberate and malicious attack which is being treated as arson.

"It's just lucky the occupant got out in time, otherwise the outcome could've been devastating."


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4 November 2006
BONFIRE NIGHT BURGLAR ALERT...

GUY Fawkes night celebrations could end in tears for many house-holds, insurance giants Norwich Union have warned.

A study has found November 5 is the worst night of the year for break-ins.

Opportunist crooks can gain easy access to homes while families are at public firework displays, bonfires or parties, the firm said.

Leaving lights on, locking all doors and ensuring keys are not left in locks could foil burglars.

Jason Harris, a claims manager, said: "Home security is often the last thing on people's minds."

This sadly is what has to be an every day occurance in most places nowadays never mind special occasions. It's got so bad here that i don't even go upstairs without checking the doors are locked when i'm in the house alone as recently there's been a spate of people being robbed whilst they're at home, in broad daylight too, doesn't matter if they know you or not,they wouldn't care if it was they're own granny.There's one making it almost a daily ritual to walk into people homes, mostly the more vulnerable, and making away with all they have, i hope he chooses the wrong house soon and gets all he deserves, more frustrating that he's the p***k of all p***ks and even i wouldn't think twice o takin him on. As do they all deserve, it seems the police have better things to do than nab them. "Home security is often the last thing on peoples minds.".........I take it he's from the sticks! .......steeleyma
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Drop in lifers released on parole
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More prisoners are also being sent back to jail for breach of conditions
The number of prisoners serving life sentences who have been freed on parole has fallen significantly in England and Wales, the BBC has learned.

Since April the Parole Board has granted release in one in nine cases - around half the rate of last year.

The board says it has exercised greater caution after two violent offenders committed murder after being released.

The findings come at a time when the board is seeking to increase its independence from the government.

We will be absolutely sure before we release
Sir Duncan Nichol, Parole Board

Between April and September, there were 901 requests by life sentence prisoners, including murderers and rapists, to be released after serving their minimum term.

Only 106 of these were granted.

Previously, about one in five prisoners serving life sentences were released.

Parole Board chairman Sir Duncan Nichol said his members were being more cautious after two high-profile cases in which violent offenders committed murder after being released from jail.

"We have taken another good hard look at the violent offender who has been a 'model prisoner'," he said.

"We will be absolutely sure before we release."

Timeline: Anthony Rice
Anthony Rice, 48, strangled and stabbed Naomi Bryant, 40, in August 2005
Rice, who had previous convictions for indecent assault and rape, had been given a 10-year minimum term in 1989 for attempted rape
Two parole requests were turned down before he was released in November 2004
The Parole Board said he was a "minimal risk"

Figures show the proportion of fixed-sentence prisoners freed on parole has also fallen.

The board's annual report, which is due to be published soon, is expected to reveal the number of freed prisoners sent back to jail for breaching their conditions of release has increased sharply.

Sir Duncan said that Home Secretary John Reid's "exhortations" to put public protection first had also impacted on the numbers of prisoners granted release.

The chairman said the fairness of the Parole Board's decisions could be called into question while it continued to remain under Home Office.

He is calling for the responsibility for his organisation to be transferred away from the government department.

Sir Duncan's comments follow the chief inspector of probation, Andrew Bridges' criticism of the release of sex attacker Anthony Rice, who strangled and stabbed Naomi Bryant, 40, in her home in Winchester in August last year.

Sex attacker Anthony Rice
The Parole Board concluded Rice presented only a "minimal risk".

Rice killed her nine months after he was freed by the parole board, who deemed the risk to the public to be minimal.

In his report in May, Mr Bridges said the prison and other officials in Hampshire, were "side-tracked by considering Rice's human rights above their duties to the public".

Parole allows a prisoner to be released before they have served their full sentence, which is granted on the basis of reports by prison and probation staff.

The decision to grant or refuse parole depends on the nature of a prisoner's offences, their home circumstances, their future plans for release and behaviour in prison.

A prisoner can apply for parole six months before their parole eligibility date (PED).

The prison will be notified immediately when the Parole Board decides on parole in the case of a prisoner serving less than fifteen years.

However, in the case of a prisoner serving 15 years or more, or someone who was sentenced before 1 October 1992, the case will be referred to the Home Secretary for a decision.


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Payments for prison 'cold turkey'
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The prisoners claim their human rights were violated

Six prisoners and former inmates forced to stop taking drugs by going "cold turkey" are to receive payments, sources at the High Court have said.

The unspecified settlement followed claims the practice amounted to assault and their human rights were breached.

The claimants had been using heroin and other opiates.

They were said to have been receiving alternative treatment before coming under the responsibility of the Prison Service in England and Wales.

They said once inside they were then made to go "cold turkey" which means the drug was suddenly withdrawn or cut short and they faced detoxification.

Shadow home secretary David Davis said the Home Office could be setting a "disastrous" precedent by settling out-of-court.

A Home Office spokeswoman declined to comment on the case.

'Sharp detoxification'

The proceedings focused on six test cases chosen from a total pool of 198 claimants.

Many had been taking the heroin substitute methadone.

The claimants were bringing the action based on trespass, because they say they did not consent to the treatment, and for alleged clinical negligence.

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Their barrister Richard Hermer told an earlier hearing in May: "Many of the prisoners were receiving methadone treatment before they entered prison and were upset at the short period of treatment using opiates they encountered in jail.

"Imposing the short, sharp detoxification is the issue."

Drug-related crime

Mr Davis suggested the government did not want to be "embarrassed by losing such a case under its own human rights legislation".

"Drugs are a scourge on society and completely undermine all our other efforts to fight crime. By doing this Mr Reid would be letting down the taxpayer, the victims of these offenders and the drug addicts themselves," he added.

Drug detoxification in prison is second-rate in standard and woefully short in its duration
Mark Leech, Prisons Handbook

Prison Reform Trust director Juliet Lyon said the case could see courts "pause for thought" before using jail terms as a way of making sure an offender receives treatment.

"Our overcrowded jails are awash with petty, persistent offenders who commit crime to feed their drug habit," she said.

According to the editor of the Prisons Handbook, Mark Leech, two-thirds of crime is drug-related and Home Office research has shown that 643 drug addicts were responsible for well over 70,000 offences in one three-month period.

"Prisoners have the right to receive exactly the same type and standard of healthcare in prison as they would receive in the community," he said.

"Yet for the most part drug detoxification in prison is second-rate in standard and woefully short in its duration."

The National Drug Prevention Alliance said prisoners should not be able to get drugs in prison.

Peter Stoker of the group said: "Yes we want a health-orientated regime of treatment for prisoners, but we don't want something that bows down to their existing drug abuse and says we can't do anything about it."

The charity Drugscope said the government had pledged £28m funding for a treatment programme for inmates this financial year but the budget was later reduced.

The Department of Health said it was spending £12m in the current financial year on the scheme and the level of funding would be maintained in 2007/08.

The programme, supplemented by the Home Office, aims to increase drug treatment for prisoners to allow them to fight their addiction before their release into the community, a spokeswoman said.


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Outrage after drug-addicted convicts get £700,000 compensation.

Almost 200 drug-addicted convicts will share an astonishing compensation payout of almost £700,000 after the Government caved in to claims that stopping their use of drugs breached their human rights.

The settlement - worth a staggering £3,500 each - provoked fury last night.

Once legal fees are added to the payout, due to be rubber-stamped at the High Court this morning, the total bill to the taxpayer is likely to smash through the £1m barrier.

The Home Office said it had "reluctantly" agreed to pay-up to minimise costs to the public. If the case had reached court, the inmates could have been granted even more cash, officials said.

Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: "In the light of this John Reid must now explain to the public why exactly he collapsed in the face of pressure.

"Proper, effective and sustained rehabilitation programs are vital to ensure that prisons have a purpose and can actually help prepare offenders for a life free of crime and the misery of drugs.

"If the Government continues to fold in this way the drug situation will only deteriorate. The Home Secretary must explain to the public why he is prepared to waste so much taxpayers' money and sacrifice such a worthy cause."

The compensation scandal, first revealed by the Daily Mail yesterday, centres on 198 prisoners who were receiving treatment to help them kick hard drug addictions.

They had been receiving drugs such as methadone, paid for by the Government. But a decision was taken by the prison service that - rather than continue to be given drugs - they should be made to go through "cold turkey" detox instead.

The criminals - funded by legal aid - argued this was unlawful under Labour's Human Rights Act and should count as "torture" or "degrading treatment".

Even though all the drugs the offenders were addicted to were illegal, they argued that the prison system had no right to make them stop, or to put them through detox programmes without their consent.

Yesterday, the Home Office confirmed it had capitulated in six test cases. The rest of the claimants will be offered payments as well.

Sources said the average payment would be £3,500 each. One of the claimants has since died, leaving 197 to share a total windfall of £689,500. Legal costs will also be met by the taxpayer.

Ann Widdecombe, former prisons minister, said: "This is human rights gone completely mad."

Norman Brennan of the Victims of Crime Trust said: 'This case loses sight of the fact that taking drugs is illegal, and these prisoners took drugs of their own accord and broke the law to fund their habits.

"The Human Rights Convention was set up after the war in response to Nazi atrocities. It is disgraceful that 60 years later the Human Rights Act is benefiting offenders bringing such frivolous claims."

All of the prisoners in-line for payments are entitled to remain anonymous, as the Home office settled before it reached a full hearing.

Ministers will formally acknowledge defeat in front of High Court judge Justice Langstaff at 10.30am today.

At a preliminary hearing in May their barrister Richard Hermer, a human rights lawyer specialising in group actions against the Government, told the court: "Many of the prisoners were receiving methadone treatment before they entered prison and were upset at the short period of treatment using opiates they encountered in jail.

"Imposing the short, sharp detoxification is the issue."

The addicts said their treatment was handled "inappropriately" so that they "suffered injuries" and had "difficulties" with their withdrawal.

And they insisted they were the victims of "trespass" in the form of unwanted treatment, accusing the Prison Service of clinical negligence.

They also claimed human rights breaches under Articles 3 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which ban discrimination, torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and Article 8, which enshrines the right to respect for private life.

In a further blow, it last night emerged hundreds of thousands pounds of taxpayers' cash has already been blown on housing convicts in police cells.

In the past month, criminals have spent almost 1,000 nights in police stations because there is no room in prison.

The Conservatives said the cost exercise, known as Operation Safeguard, could be as much as £1,000-a-night in some cases - which would give a total of £1m.

Police sources put the average nightly bill at closer to £350, which would still mean the Government has forked out £338,000 because of its failure to provide enough jail spaces.

Shadow Immigration Minister, Damian Green said: "These figures highlight the ridiculous waste of money taxpayers as a result of this Government's incompetence. If we had a system that worked, there would be no need to resort to the use of police cells. How much longer must the public pick up the cost of this chaos?"

Prisoners are likely to reamin in police stations for weeks to come, sending the bill soaring.


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the home office needs to address the need for compensation payouts to prisoners who have been allegally administrated drugs by prison staff.IE the licquid cosh.theres never any mention of these victims.they went in normal and came out dependent on medication for the rest of there lifes.
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the home office needs to address the need for compensation payouts to prisoners who have been allegally administrated drugs by prison staff.IE the licquid cosh.theres never any mention of these victims.they went in normal and came out dependent on medication for the rest of there lifes.

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These posts are very educational in themselves. Kane you go for it . I've never been in a prison cell in my life but my brothers were all involved in crime all their lives. I went to Edinburgh University at the age of 50 and ended with a masters in history and politics . I now work within the youth justice service,tying to make a difference. Still the local cops treat me like shit because of my brothers reputation. My advice is don't get mad get even ! Kane I'll be thinking of you all the way through your uni course.
My motto in life is there is no-one better than me and I'm not better than anyone else (except the polis ). Good luck to all of you cos you deserve it . Keep Strong


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Cheers dejavu its just one of those times when ive given up......but it never lasts long ill be up and fighting again and hopefully get into my uni work ill be lucky to pass these first exams but hopefully things will ease up for me soon...thanks for the vote of confidence and well done to you your an inspiration

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Cheers dejavu its just one of those times when ive given up......but it never lasts long ill be up and fighting again and hopefully get into my uni work ill be lucky to pass these first exams but hopefully things will ease up for me soon...thanks for the vote of confidence and well done to you your an inspiration

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15 November 2006
HORROR ATTACK ON PUGSLEY & FESTER.

HALLOWEEN revellers dressed as Pugsley and Uncle Fester from the Addams Family were beaten up in the street by yobs, a court heard yesterday.

A jury at the High Court in Glasgow saw CCTV film of Edward McDermott, 25 - dressed as Pugsley from the comedy horror TV series - being hit with a club.

His pal, school janitor George Fleming, 42 - dressed as Uncle Fester - lay unconscious on the pavement.

They were surrounded by party-goers dressed up as Wonder Woman, Andy Pandy and Looby Loo, a witch and St Trinian's schoolgirls.

Gary Polland, 19, John Dearie, 20, Kevin McQuilter, 27, and James Queen, 23, all of Parkhead, Glasgow, deny severely injuring Edward and George with pick-axe handles or similar weapons near the Tavern Bar in Tollcross Road on October 30, 2004.

Edward told the court how teenagers had shouted at people coming out of the pub but he chased them off.

He and George then went to nearby Canmore Street.

Someone shouted: "Run!" and Edward saw a youth chasing him with what he thought was a baseball bat.

He said he was hit on the head and fell.His pal was lying nearby "in a bit of a mess".

George told the court he heard shouting, turned round and remembered nothing else until he woke up in hospital.

His nose, eye socket, cheek and upper and lower jaw were broken and there were four stab wounds on his face.

He needed eight metal plates inserted in his face and lost the sight in his left eye. The trial continues.


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Police probe Newsnight flag item
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The report followed incidents involving English emblems.
Police have received a complaint about an item on the BBC's Newsnight programme which saw a car bedecked in English flags attacked by vandals.

Programme-makers left the car in the Gallowgate area of Glasgow after an item on Scottish attitudes to England.

Cameras then filmed as five youths attacked the vehicle with bricks.

The piece was broadcast on 30 June after a series of incidents in Scotland which had seen people attacked for wearing English emblems.

Cultural life

The car stunt drew criticisms that it had been staged and effectively stirred up racial hatred.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that we have received a complaint and inquiries are ongoing."

The Scottish National Party's broadcasting spokesperson Pete Wishart now plans to raise the matter in the Commons in a Government-sponsored debate about the BBC.

He said: "The sensationalist report by the UK Newsnight arm contrasted sharply with a Newsnight Scotland version which was informative and measured - and at a fraction of the cost I would guess."

As the Newsnight report shows, this is hardly reflective, proportionate or even responsible for the audience in Scotland
Pete Wishart
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The Perth and Perthshire North MP said this underlined why Scotland needed its own broadcaster, so that national and cultural life can be "properly represented".

"To the great irritation of many in Scotland we have been exposed to the sports coverage and commentary of another nation," he said.

"As the Newsnight report shows, this is hardly reflective, proportionate or even responsible for the audience in Scotland."

The BBC has rejected claims that the incident was staged and said the item generally portrayed light-hearted banter among Scots on the subject.

A spokesman for the broadcaster said: "We've not had any contact from the police, but if we do we will respond to that."


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