Saturday, November 02, 2013
Friday, November 01, 2013
Fire Brigade Union Strike
The following statement is from the LFB website (www.london-fire.gov.uk )
London Fire Brigade is asking people to cancel their amateur firework displays this Friday and attend organised displays instead because of the national Fire Brigades Union strike.
The strike over government changes to pensions is planned from 6.30pm until 11pm on the Friday before Bonfire Night, just before Diwali and the strike also coincides with half term. It is likely to be one of the busiest days of the year for the fire service.
Fire chiefs want the public to help reduce the chances of fires across the capital by attending an organised display rather than setting off fireworks or lighting bonfires in gardens.
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said:
"Fireworks cause serious fires each year and bonfires can quickly get out of control which is why we're urging people to attend organised displays on Strike Friday.
"During the strike we will have a contingency fire and rescue service of 27 fire engines, crewed by temporary firefighters. Serious emergencies will be attended, but smaller incidents won't so we are calling on the public not to put themselves at risk by lighting fireworks and bonfires."
The 27 fire engines provide a contingency level of emergency cover across the capital during the strike, and will be sent to emergencies including fires in people's homes, vehicle fires, road accidents and collapsed buildings.
The plans are not intended to match the Brigade's day-to-day cover so while strike action is taking place a fire engine may not be sent to less urgent and non-life-threatening incidents. These could include rubbish fires (including fires in bins and skips), fires on open ground, animal rescues, flooding, people stuck in lifts and gas leaks.
Last Bonfire Night was the quietest on record with 126 fires attended in London, which is a fire every 12 minutes. In 2006, firefighters attended 460 fires, around one fire every three minutes. 2012 was also the first time on Bonfire Night that no one was injured by a fire attended by the Brigade.
The Fire Brigades Union is also taking strike action on Monday, 4 November between 6am and 8am.
Description: Radical Folk and Socialist Magic
Name of event: Benefit of music and magic for Save Earl's Court campaign
Venue: O'Neill's, 326 Earls Court Road, Kensington, London, SW5 9BQDonations: £5.00 waged/£3.00 concessions
Transport: nearest tube Earl's Court
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
During the week of 28 October 2013 the STC Roads Policing Unit (RPU) will be running a pan London initiative at designated sites to encourage cyclists to equip their bikes with front and rear lights or be given a £50 fine if they fail to do so.
Should a cyclist receive a fine by the RPU they will be given three days to have a set of lights fitted to the same bike and if they comply the fine will be cancelled. The onus is on the cyclist to return and satisfy these requirements or the ticket will be processed as normal.
By law a bicycle must have a working white front light and a working red rear light. October is a peak month for cycle fatalities and serious collisions and with the clocks going back on Saturday 26th/Sunday 27th October, cyclists used to commuting home after work in daylight may now find they do so in darkness.
Additionally cyclists should make themselves as visible as possible by wearing bright clothing in the day and reflective clothing or accessories at night.
Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor, Safer Transport Command said:
"The Safer Transport Command (STC) and Transport for London are committed to promoting safe cycling and reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on London's roads.
"With fewer daylight hours at this time of year, it is even more important that cyclists have good lights on their bikes - white at the front and red at the rear - so that they are visible to motorists and pedestrians. It is also a requirement by law that they do so.
"I urge every cyclist to affix lights and wear highly visible clothing. Our message is clear: BE SAFE, BE BRIGHT, BE SEEN."
Siwan Hayward, Transport for London's Head of Transport Policing, said:
"As the days become shorter and we approach winter we want to remind all cyclists to check their lights are working, ensuring they are bright enough to be seen clearly in the dark.
"As part of the Mayor's Vision for Cycling and our commitment to cycle safety we will be working with our policing partners on educating cyclists on violations such as this to help increase their safety.
"We also work closely with the borough's to offer cycling training to help educate cyclists about how to stay safe whilst cycling which I would like to encourage everyone to take advantage of."
Sunday, October 27, 2013
At approx 2250hrs on Thursday, 24 October an unmarked police car in Cherry Close, SW2 indicated for a white Citroen van to stop after the van had triggered an ANPR activation for involvement in the theft of mopeds.
The van then made off from the scene and a short pursuit occurred with a marked police vehicle. As the vehicles travelled along Brixton Hill, again the white van rammed the police vehicle. The van was then abandoned in St Saviours Road, SW2 and the occupants fled on foot.
The details of the van's occupants were circulated, including one particularly distinctive description of a grey haired man seen carrying a three-legged black dog.
Approximately an hour later, a Lambeth officer on patrol in Leigham Court Road, SW16 saw a blue Nissan car containing three men - one of them carrying a remarkably similar looking three-legged black dog. A quick check noted that this vehicle was registered to the same keeper as the white Citroen van.
Backup was called and the vehicle was stopped at a petrol station a short distance down the road.
Three men, aged 18, 42 and 67, were arrested for a variety of offences including GBH, failing to stop, possession of a bladed article and driving offences. They remain in custody at a south London police station.
Borough Commander for Lambeth, Chief Superintendent Matt Bell, said:
"I am thankful that the reckless actions of these people has not resulted in any serious injuries to my officers, but this incident once again demonstrates the dangerous work that police officers carry out on a daily basis.
"This series of events demonstrates the best qualities of Lambeth officers - from the bravery of those involved in the initial stop, the pursuit and arrests, to the eagle-eyed work of the officers who identified the suspects.
"I am immensely proud of their actions."
None of the officers were seriously injured during the incident.
Over-strength' Lambeth police defend officer cuts
Police officer numbers in Lambeth have fallen by 20 per cent over the past two-and-half years, it has been revealed, after the borough’s top cop claimed the borough had been “over-strength” for years.
A week after the police chief of neighbouring Southwark resigned and claimed the Metropolitan Police was in “financial crisis”, the latest figures for Lambeth show a drop of nearly 200 officers in two-and-a-half years – 1,038 in March 2010 to 846 at present.
Sergeants, including those who led the borough’s safer neighbourhood teams, also fell over the same period from 119 in 2010 to 88 at the beginning of October.
Chief Superintendent Matt Bell said Lambeth police had been “over strength” for years and now has just over the number of officers it should.
Chief Supt Bell said: “While there are fewer officers than in 2010-11, performance in the borough has improved this year, with reductions in burglary, robbery, serious youth violence, gun and knife crime.
“The Metropolitan Police Service remains committed to maintaining operational capability during the current financial climate and the challenges that presents.”
Last week, Southwark’s borough commander Charles Griggs announced his departure from the Met after only nine months in the job, saying the force faces a “financial crisis”.
He told colleagues: “Sadly, as part of the budget cuts in response to that crisis it has not been possible for the Met to honour their commitment to my three-year tenure.”
Lambeth and Southwark’s London Assembly member, Val Shawcross, said she feared the drop in police numbers could result in a resurgence of crime in Lambeth.
Ms Shawcross said: “It has been clear that police numbers have been falling last year and this year.
“I think it’s a real concern to the community.
“It’s a very poor situation at the moment and I fear it could get worse.”
She said the cash crisis and cuts were being “very badly managed” with no clear information coming from the Mayor of London’s office.
In Gipsy Hill the safer neighbourhood team has been halved since the start of the year because Sergeant Lee-Ann Mills is on maternity leave and two PCSOs have left without being replaced.
David Green, chairman of the Gipsy Hill Safer Neighbourhood Panel, said: “We must have police officers patrolling the streets and if this is being cut down they cannot be in two places at the same time.
“The impact is loss of confidence and the sense of personal wellbeing would be that much diminished.”