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  1. This car isn't, that is a Google street view shot to show the layout, not the parking problem itself. When it gets to three cars parked there and others at the other entrances that come close enough to the wall that a pram can't get past, then it becomes a problem. As I understand it, obstruction relates to any traffic on the highway, which includes pedestrian traffic on the pavement as the pavement is part of the highway.
  2. The local town centre has a particular problem with troublesome parking blocking a pavement on a busy road, it is also a bend so driver's visibility is limited. The thing is that bits they park on are the entrances to the old bus station which is boarded up. This is frequently forcing people to walk into the road to get around them. Whilst there is a pavement on the other side of the road at that point, there isn't further up, and it is the end of a long road with no junctions. So would this count as highway for an obstruction charge, or does it being an entrance (that isn't in use) mean it isn't. I've attached a screenshot to show the bit concerned, there are actually 3 entrances but only two are visible here. Sometimes they are parked so you can get past, sometimes they aren't.
  3. I get what you're saying but what evidence is there of intent to kill in any case, unless someone admits that is there intent you can't prove it beyond all doubt. But in my view if you've gone and got a large knife then stabbed someone in the torso with no warning, no-one is reasonably going to think they only intended to hurt them a bit so it does prove beyond reasonable doubt. There are several reliable witnesses and it is on CCTV. I'm also puzzled by the charges "wounding with intent", from the CPS page that means wounding with intent to commit GBH. The wounds were really serious, injury to an organ did occur. So does "wounding with intent" mean that they did commit GBH and intended to do that, or does it mean that they intended to commit GBH but only inflicted a lesser wound? Another thing I've seen in a number of cases around here is people being charged with possession of a bladed article when they have actually attacked someone with a knife. I thought once it was used for an attack it became an offensive weapon and the bladed article charge was just for cases were people were found carrying a knife.
  4. So is that just down to the CPS to accept the plea with no involvement from a judge? It seems staggering that someone can stab someone in the torso with a large knife, get prevented from stabbing them again by someone grabbing their arm and putting them in an arm lock and some CPS lawyer decides that isn't attempted murder. I sometimes wonder if these cases are decided with a game of golf!
  5. Threatening anyone is an offence under the Public Order Act. The problem is what exactly constitutes a threat. The law says something like, "words or behaviour that would make a person of reasonable firmness fear for their safety". The fact that it was directed at a child would make charges more likely than if the same was done against an adult. But something vague like that may not be considered sufficient, and often it is the way something is said, body language etc. that makes it threatening and that doesn't relay very well in a statement. Did anyone video the incident? The sports club should have its own guidelines on when things get reported to the police. So it might be an idea to talk to them again, but it might be that they want to brush it under the carpet. It is possible that reporting it might anger him more, but if he is acting like that due to an incident the previous week it seems like he will hold grudges whatever. It might be that your complaint is just one of several and might help the police bring a case, or the police could be investigating an attack on another child and realise that it is this man once they start looking into this. There are so many possibilities. It would be very hard for anyone else to advise you on the best course of action. At the very least, the sports club should be banning him from the ground.
  6. I'd have to wonder about who wrote the law on this, surely if it is used to make fluffy cream stuff it is being consumed? However, as others have said, it may depend on the context in which you're selling it. If you sell catering supplies then you're probably all right. But it would also help to have some written procedures that all staff are trained in to ensure that it is sold for catering use. You may decide to only sell to over 18s, I'd also suggest a limit to the number of canisters you sell to one person. If you have someone who is not in the catering business but wants to buy more than one box, it is likely that they're not making 100 cream teas for a garden party with friends.
  7. In this case, the family aren't just family of an offender though, the girls may also be potential victims. If the man had been found with videos of underage teenage girls being abused, would the police have a duty to take some sort of action to protect the girls such as only releasing him if he lived at another address, or reporting the issue to social services? I think possibly GreyDog is looking for some sort of reassurance that if the girls might be at risk, something would have been done about it.
  8. I know someone who witnessed a stabbing who has now been told that they are not needed as a witness as the defendant has pleaded guilty, but not to attempted murder. They have been told that the person's intent will be decided at a sentencing hearing. I'm confused by this. It was very clearly a pre-meditated attack, and a serious one. The witness in in no doubt that it was attempted murder. But surely if the witness has been told there will be no trial, a sentencing hearing can't decide it is attempted murder. Or am I missing something? Is it possible that they are having a sentencing hearing and could decide then that there needs to be a trial for attempted murder? How much evidence do they look at during a sentencing hearing when there has been no trial. Do they go through witness statements, view CCTV etc? Or is it just the two barristers stating their case?
  9. Many thanks for that.
  10. Just a few of questions about normal procedures for accompanying someone who is under arrest and violent to hospital where they have been injured. Am I right in thinking that one officer would travel in the ambulance with another behind in a vehicle? If someone remains in hospital but under arrest, would they have to have an officer with them until they are discharged? Where they are taken to a hospital outside the division but within the force area, is it necessary for an officer from that division to guard them or would it be handed over to the local division. Also, where someone is a victim of a violent attack would an officer normally stay with them at hospital until they could give a statement? I am just interested in how cutbacks in the health service impact on police resources when local A&E or trauma surgery is moved to more distant hospitals.
  11. Well that helps in terms of time. But does that mean officers will still have to spend time travelling to and from court? It's going to be about 1 hour each way more than the local court that they're closing. With cuts in our police budget as well, it seems the two things are combining to take more police away from actual policing.
  12. With two of the Magistrates Courts in Cumbria closing, leaving only two for the entire county (a very big county) how does that affect the police getting warrants to search premises? Firstly, what sort of situations do you need a search warrant for (although it might be easier saying when you don't need one to search premises)? Do you actually have to go to court at times that courts are open, and when they are not open, or if there is not one close, do you just find any magistrate and ask them or is there a duty magistrate? Do you have to get a signature in person or can it be authorised over the internet somehow, or by an officer living near the mgaistrates? (Essentially does an officer have to get to the magistrates and back to the address to be searched with the bit of paper in hand.) With the local courts closing it seems likely that the number of magistrates will also be reduced and that there will be fewer (if any) in areas with no local court. Is that the experience of officers, or do they still keep a suitable number of magistrates across the area.?
  13. I'm not police so can't answer specifics based on procedures. However, I work in private security and often search people going in to venues. If there is a policy to search everyone, children get searched without exception. This seems harsh but it is absolutely essential to protect the child. If people realise that we don't search kids then they will give the kid things to take in and that is starting the kid down a very slippery slope! (In case you wonder about the legality of those searches, we only ever search anyone with consent but if you refuse a search, you don't get in, or you get removed from the premises if you are already in.) So I imagine there will be a very similar theory when searching houses. Whilst the warrent might only allow the searching of certain people, areas like children's bedrooms will be a very likely area for things getting stashed so they would be searched if the warrent allows.
  14. The outcome of this situation was that the council did cut the plants back the day before concerned Joe Public was going to do it. There are now cars parking fully on the pavement so the police/ council are going to target the area and give out a few tickets.
  15. It is the council that owns the land, although probably the district council owning the land and county council responsible for the pavement. It has been reported several times.