Homophobic incidents in the North of Ireland up by 12%

The number of homophobic incidents recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland has jumped by 12% in the last year, according to figures released in August. Catríona Ruane MLA, of Sinn Féin, raised the issue of homophobic crime at … Continue reading Homophobic incidents in the North of Ireland up by 12%

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Violence and fire-lighting is not the way forward

My thoughts and prayers are with all Alliance Party representative and their staff at this difficult time following the decision by Belfast City Council to fly the Union Flag on designated days. Reports are coming in this evening that a constituency office for Stewart Dickson MLA, the Alliance representative for East Antrim has been set on fire. According to the BBC the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service are at the scene. As with the protest yesterday that forced Naomi Long MP‘s office to close early, all that these actions will do will be to stop local people from getting … Continue reading Violence and fire-lighting is not the way forward

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Help us all by telling PSNI about those who plant hoax devices

Thankfully the evacuation of Omagh Police Station last night was due to a hoax device. Sadly, even hoax devices can be used to create terror in the lives of our police and of our communities across Northern Ireland. I call on anyone with any information about those who plant hoax devices and real devices to contact the PSNI about this. It is essential that those responsible are brought before the courts for justice. The PSNI can be contacted on 0845 600 8000 for non-emergency reporting. In an emergency do phone 999. Originally published on Michael Carchrie Campbell Continue reading Help us all by telling PSNI about those who plant hoax devices

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Those who try to create terror must not be let to win.

With reports from Chris Lindsay, BBC journalist on NewsLine that Omagh Police station is being evacuated due to a suspicious package, Omagh PSNI station being evacuated due to discovery of suspicious package — Chris Lindsay (@chrislindsay_) May 7, 2012 I sincerely hope and pray that nothing untoward is found. My thoughts are with all serving our community in the Police Service of Northern Ireland at this time. Those who continually seek to create terror in Northern Ireland need to know that we will not put up with this. You will be found by the PSNI and brought before the courts. … Continue reading Those who try to create terror must not be let to win.

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police officers – remembering those who serve all of us

We often hear of the numbers of police being cut, and of what the police are being asked to do by the Government as well as the public. But how often do we hear about it from the policeman’s own view. Minimum Cover is one way for us to do so. I’ve just read the latest post having been pointed there on Facebook by a Scouting friend. He looked straight at me through the smoke….mouthing words that had no sound…and then there was silence. So often our policemen and women face situations that most of us never want to see, … Continue reading police officers – remembering those who serve all of us

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Highway Code for Northern Ireland Sections 137 & 138

Taxi drivers: useful but sometimes ignorant

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You know how it is, you are out somewhere and you need to get home. Or perhaps you are at home and you need to get somewhere else quickly. You consider the options:

  1. I walk there.
  2. I get the ‘bus there.
  3. I get a taxi there.

Well, sometimes walking is not quick enough – or the distance is too great. ‘Buses are not running where you need them to go, or they are too infrequent. So you decide that you are going to spend the extra money required to buy the professional services of a driver and order a taxi.

That’s right, I said professional services. Continue reading “Taxi drivers: useful but sometimes ignorant”