They went to a house in Hattersley, Hyde, to investigate a report of a burglary and ran into a lethal ambush. The prime suspect, who turned himself in to the police afterwards, was the subject of a hunt involving the entire Greater Manchester police service and costing £150,000 per day. He had been arrested for killing a fellow gangster in Clayton, Manchester, in May and he was bailed to become the prime suspect in the murder of the dead gangster's father last month. "Hanging is too good for some people" would seem to apply in this case. No doubt the Can't Prosecute Service is now arranging counselling for the offender and wondering how long his community service sentence should be.
Just straight manipulation
Trouble-making to get noticed?
PM declares National State of Emergency over Gategate
Putting the blame where it belongs
NFL cries foul but still downgraded over Pickgate
What was that again?
Romiley streets found to be paved with gold!!
Council begins strip-mining operation as a matter of urgency . . .
It was all a big mistake
+ + + Council forced to repave all stripped roads + + + Council Tax set to soar + + +
Pick your spot to support your particular theory
Bones found under a social services department car park in Leicester are being DNA tested to find out if they are the remains of King Richard III. If they do prove to be those of our last English king, who was betrayed and done to death at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, then the tourism and souvenir trades should be able to count on a boost from a state funeral of fitting proportions. And there will have to be some considerable rewriting of history to counter the character assassination by Tudor spin-doctors and fellow travellers.
The Czech-born actor appeared in over 100 films during his career, which lasted some 60 years, including Ealing comedies and blockbusters like El Cid (1961). He was the master of sinister characters and appeared in a number of Hammer films. His first appearance in what became his signature role came in A Shot In The Dark 1964. As Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the Pink Panther series, he became increasingly crazy and homicidal in response to the bumbling of Peter Sellers' character Inspector Clouseau. The role gave his profile a welcome boost; with the attendant risk of typecasting. Mr. Lom also wrote two novels: Enter A Spy (1971) and Dr Guillotine 1993.
The government has decided to stop protecting the Green Belt. Instead, councils will be allowed to give planning permission for building on existing Green Belt land provided they offer protected status to some other bit(s) of land which no one wants. As a result, large stretches of the current Green Belt will disappear to be replaced by a multitude of widely dispersed, small, brownish patches. This is what Dave the Leader thinks is the best way to look after the countryside.
Alibis in place . . .
Going for the sympathy vote
Does the Prime Minister have too little on his plate?
Making more room
Here's a thought . . .
The worst of the worst
What bloody cuts?
A survey by the OECD has found that despite New Labour's policy of throwing money at the education system, standards fell heavily, proving that the cash needs to the aimed at something worthwhile rather than just hurled around aimlessly.
Falls over in amazement!
The cheek of the sods
The 'Elf & Safety Executive, conjunction with the Play Safety Forum, is complaining that a "cotton wool culture" is eroding children's freedom to play outdoors. Maybe someone should mention that it was their absurd rulings, like kids having to wear crash helmets and goggles to play conkers, and their decision to rip all the climbing frames and roundabouts out of playgrounds, which caused the problem in the first place. So maybe a "sack the whole bloody lot of them culture" is the solution.
See a copper with a gun, run a mile
A "Special inquiry" is being held into the death of an unarmed London man at the hands of an armed copper in 2005. An inquest is not possible because a coroner cannot be permitted to share "sensitive" areas of evidence. The facts which have emerged are that the police ambushed a car containing A. Rodney and 2 other men, who were suspecting of being on their way to commit a drugs-related armed robbery. As soon as his car stopped next to Mr. Rodney's, an armed copper blasted him with 8 shots, killing him on the spot.
More information might emerge in due course, or the police might decide that everything else is too secret for the public to know.
Just a thought: but might it not have been a good idea for the police to have let Mr. Rodney and his pals shoot up the Colombian drug dealers and then picked up the pieces afterwards? Ed.
It's the way he tells 'em!
A potential juror living the the Southampton area has come up with a brilliant wheeze to avoid doing his public duty. He wrote to the judge saying that he is too hopelessly prejudiced against homophiles and members of other races to be impartial and the judge bought the story. Brilliant!
The gentlemen has been threatened with prosecution over his honesty as a routine intimidation tactic but nothing is expected to come of it.
Still out of balance
Leicestershire police are in line for a Judge Bowers Award for dishing out worse treatment than the burglars got to the couple who were visited in the dead of night by 4 courageous criminals, two of whom were shot up a bit.
No doubt the burglars were out on bail and free to continue their criminal careers while the clang of cell doors closing on the Ferries was still ringing in the air. Such is the current perception of the criminal "justice" system as created by New Labour and not repaired by the Coalition.
The wrong place for a trial?
An heroic Slovakian thief, who stole a ring off the finger of an elderly patient in a Bradford hospital, has been sent down for 5 years. Bet. R. Ziga wishes he'd come up in front of Judge Bowers.
No end in sight
A 23-year wait for the truth to come out about the deaths of Liverpool supporters at Sheffield Wednesday in 1989 (it could have been 8 if Mr. Liar had been bovvered about reopening the investigation in 1997), 30+ years to wait before the truth can some out about Tony B. Liar's lies told before he took the country to war in Iraq in 2003. The wheels of justice are not so much grinding slow as coming to a dead stop.
History appears to getting another off-balance rewrite. Everything started with the police being overwhelmed by a mob of fans. It was the shambolic response by the police and emergency services to the chaos caused by the mob which generated the cover-up. Put the blame where you will.
The Daily Disaster makes the interesting point that the present state of knowledge about what happened at the Sheffield Wednesday ground is the product of an inquiry conducted by real people, and the inquiry held by a judge at the time was totally inadequate.
Not before time
S. Harwood, the copper who launched an unprovoked and violent assault on newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson shortly before he died, has been sacked after languishing on suspension on full pay for 3½ years. Despite being sacked for gross misconduct, he still gets his full police pension, as is usual in the public sector.
Button shows the way
Congrats to J. Button for dominating the Belgian Grand Prix. Practice might have been rained off, but he showed everyone the way during qualifying, and he sailed off into the distance majestically from his 1st pole for McLaren in 50 races (a fact which surprised a lot of people) to what was certainly not his first win for McLaren, proving that if he has the machinery, he can get the job done. Like the rest of the top drivers.
Archbish D. Tutu wants to put sacked British prime monster A.B. Liar and ex-Pres. Dubya Bush on trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court @ the Hague. One small problem the US government doesn't recognize the legitimacy of the ICC, which deals mainly with genocide in the Balkans and Africa, and no trial for Bush means Mr. Liar remains safe to make more millions out of his misdeeds
Clunker Clunks Again
The guy who was in charge of Edinburgh's shambles and ruinously costly tram fiasco has been put in charge of appointing the boss of Scotland's unified police force. So how much confidence can anyone have in whoever gets the job apart from absolutely none?
Britain is bracing itself for a stampede of rich French citizens, who wish to avoid being ripped off by M. Hollande's 75% supertax. They seem to be confident that Calamity Clegg's Mansion Tax won't happen, and they're prepared to upset the toffs in the London area by buying up all the spare huge houses.
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