Wasting police time is quite a serious criminal offence. The maximum penalty is 6 months in jail.
Last Friday I thought I came close to being charged with this
The particulars of the charge would have been these: that I had inveigled a police constable, a PCSO, along with the commander of our large police division, Chief Superintendent [...]
It’s the end of the first term of this Conservative/Liberal Democrat government.
It’s been fascinating but above all extraordinary, as these two parties have entered a new upside-down world.
Take penal policy. I am tough on crime, as well as tough on the causes of crime.
What I could guarantee as a Minister is that whatever we did on [...]
The shortsightedness of Tory policy astounds me more each day. With every day the TV news and the local press highlight more drastic cuts announced by the local Council and the national government.
There has been much publicity surrounding Blackburn Council’s decision to close Shadsworth Leisure Centre as well as a string of community centres in deprived [...]
High-visibility orange jackets for offenders to wear when doing unpaid work as part of their punishment were introduced a year ago this Tuesday.
The jackets do not have the old prison arrows on them or “I’m a criminal” but they do say, front and back, “Community Payback”. That’s to tell the public why they are there [...]