Friday, 29 June 2007
Thursday, 28 June 2007
The 86-year-old victim handed over £20 and the man then asked if he could come inside for a drink. The pensioner let him into the premises but the man left while she was distracted.
The man is described as:
Aged 30 to 35
5ft 4ins to 5ft 7ins
Short fair hair
Wearing a navy blue long-sleeved top and blue jeans
The second incident occurred at 11.30am in Fernhill Road, Farnborough. A man claiming to be a police officer attended the address and asked the elderly resident for his card details and PIN.
The man is described as:
Aged in his late 20s to early 30s
5ft 9ins to 5ft 10ins
Chubby face with a black moustache
Wearing a black tracksuit
Detective Sergeant Ross Toms, from the Priority Crime Unit, said: “A genuine police officer, whether in uniform or not, will always show you their identification card and will be happy for you to check it by calling the main Hampshire Constabulary number on 0845 045 45 45.
“If you have any concerns about a caller to your door, do not let them in and call the police immediately on 999.
“Although distraction burglaries are relatively rare, these incidents can have a huge effect on the victims and can leave them feeling extremely distressed. “I would urge anyone with any information to contact police. I would also urge members of the community to keep an eye on any elderly and vulnerable neighbours and report any suspicious callers.” Officers are offering the following Safer Homes advice to avoid becoming a victim of this sort of crime: Burglars can fool you into thinking they are genuine callers. Don't be the one who invites them in. If in doubt, keep them out!
Stop – are you expecting anyone to call on you? Do you know the person at the door? Don’t be misled by what appear to be genuine reasons for calling on you.
Check – A genuine caller will carry identification and will be happy to wait outside while you check it. Remember to source your own number for the company they are claiming to be from, don’t accept a number from the caller.
Chain – fit a door chain or spy hole so that you can speak to callers or check who they are without opening the door fully.
If you turn anyone away from your home because they could not provide you with a genuine reason for being there, or you are suspicious of callers in your area, contact the police. Anyone with any information should contact Det Sgt Toms at Aldershot police station on 0845 045 45 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Friday, 22 June 2007
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Friday, 15 June 2007
1. Local Leadership of our English Cities has become emasculated and hollowed out by successive overcentralising Governments. It lacks the power to address the problems of poverty, low skills levels and physical decay present in many of our once-great Cities.
a. There is almost no democratic accountability
b. They are bureaucratic and confusing: there are more than 50 different funding streams
c. It is not clear who is “in charge” which leads to inertia and buck-passing
a. Consistently attract the very best people into Leadership roles
b. Have the full range of powers that they need
c. Cover geographical areas that make sense
d. Be freed from the suffocating regime of central targets (currently over 1,200) and heavily hypothecated funding from the centre
a. The wholesale transfer of powers, responsibility and funding from the Quangos to Local Government (or the Regional Government Office on behalf of Central Government for the small number of truly regional functions). This will mean that RDAs, LSCs, Regional Assemblies, English Partnerships and the Housing Corporation will cease to exist as regional bodies and instead become agents of Local Government
b. Directly elected Executive mayors for Top-Tier Authorities, serving full four year terms. This will improve accountability, allow clear leadership and improve the prospects of attracting people of appropriate calibre
c. The creation of Pan-City Executive Mayors of Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool (the pan-City area is unlikely to cover all existing Mets in these areas, e.g. Coventry may not be treated as part of Birmingham). The Executive Mayor would take powers almost entirely from the Quangos, not from the existing Metropolitan Districts
d. The Executive Mayors would have power over Strategic Planning (from Regional Assemblies), Regeneration and Development (from RDAs), Vocational Training (from LSCs), Highways (from the Highways Agency), Transport Planning, Passenger Transport, Fire, Waste Disposal and Police
e. The Government’s micromanaging target regime, the Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA), and its expensive attendant bureaucracy should be abolished. Data should be made available to the public who can then make their own mind up about the efficiency of Local Governmant
f. It is vital that Local Government has more control over its own finances if it is to play a true leadership role. At present, around 75% of Local Government funding comes by way of heavily hypothecated central grant
g. Local Government should therefore be allowed to retain the business rates which they collect from businesses in new developments in their first five years. This will allow Local Government to benefit directly from economic development in their area – and so incentivise them to encourage business
h. Capital Funding currently flowing through the Quangos (£10.5 billon) should instead be allocated directly to Local Government:
i. Partly by formula
ii. Partly by a competitive bidding process for projects
i. Local Government should be allowed to issue its own Bonds. These should not be underwritten by the national Government and therefore should not form part of the National Debt
Thursday, 14 June 2007
Sadly he was doing some low spirals, and although an excellent pilot, it reminds us all that when we push the limits there is a risk. He died however, doing what he loved best. See you in the clouds Julius.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Monday, 11 June 2007
Ranville "Para" Cemetery where some of the first casualties of D-Day rest. Over 2000 British war dead are here along with over 300 German soldiers.
The British Cemetery in Bayeux shared with French, Russian, Polish (over 4000 graves) and even a large group of German soldiers (over 400). Officers and other ranks mixed together. Thousands of young men robbed of life because of the evil foreign policy of a handful of older men. We never seem to learn from history do we? Ironic this is the home of one of the great historical records that detail the bad political decisions of another handful of older men.
Monday, 4 June 2007
Friday, 1 June 2007
At around 3.15pm a commercial vehicle from Vertu, Fleet, carrying a consignment of mobile phones worth around three million pounds was driving along the link road to junction 4a of the M3. The vehicle was then forced to the side of the road by the driver of a dark coloured Subaru.
Four people, wearing balaclavas, then got out of the vehicle and took a number of items from the back of the van. They then got back into the Subaru and drove off north bound on the M3.
Detective Sergeant Matt Watson said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to come forward and make contact with the police.
“The Subaru received extensive rear damage during the incident and it is possible that someone may have seen it being driven at speed northbound on the M3. The car was later located in Slough and I am appealing to anyone who was driving between Farnborough and Slough on Wednesday afternoon, who thinks they may have seen this vehicle, to get in touch.”
A 26-year-old man from Hertfordshire and a 27-year-old man from Hertfordshire have been arrested in connection with this incident and are currently in police custody.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident should contact Aldershot CID on 0845 045 45 45 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.