Archive for October 28, 2011


”NOTICE TO VACATE

To: All persons and persons unknown (the assembly) occupying the land at Victoria Square, Birmingham, West Midlands

Birmingham City Council has respected your right to protest and take part in a peacefull assembly on Victoria Square since Saturday 15 October 2011.

The Council wish to reclaim the land on Victoria Square for the benifit and use of members of the public. In particular, but not exclusively, continued occupation of this site may:-

1) Prevent and deter members of the public from the use and enjoyment of these spaces.

2) Impact adversley upon the various civic events taking place in the City including, by the way of example the Christmas switched on and Christmas parade on the 12th of November 2011 and commencement of building works for the Frankfurt Christmas Market from 13th November untill the 23rd December 2011.

3) Inevitably result in damage to the land in particular, resulting in additional costs of maintenance as well as preventing normal maintenance regimes.

In the circumstances therefore you are kindly requested to vacate Victoria Square. In order to afford you reasonable opportunity to do so, the Council is prepared to allow untill 12 noon on Thursday 3rd November 2011.

Anyone remaining in occupation after that time may be subject to legal proceedings for repossession of the site of the site and may incur legal costs incurred in court proceedings’

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”NOTICE TO VACATE

To: All persons and persons unknown (the assembly) occupying the land at Victoria Square, Birmingham, West Midlands

Birmingham City Council has respected your right to protest and take part in a peacefull assembly on Victoria Square since Saturday 15 October 2011.

The Council wish to reclaim the land on Victoria Square for the benifit and use of members of the public. In particular, but not exclusively, continued occupation of this site may:-

1) Prevent and deter members of the public from the use and enjoyment of these spaces.

2) Impact adversley upon the various civic events taking place in the City including, by the way of example the Christmas switched on and Christmas parade on the 12th of November 2011 and commencement of building works for the Frankfurt Christmas Market from 13th November untill the 23rd December 2011.

3) Inevitably result in damage to the land in particular, resulting in additional costs of maintenance as well as preventing normal maintenance regimes.

In the circumstances therefore you are kindly requested to vacate Victoria Square. In order to afford you reasonable opportunity to do so, the Council is prepared to allow untill 12 noon on Thursday 3rd November 2011.

Anyone remaining in occupation after that time may be subject to legal proceedings for repossession of the site of the site and may incur legal costs incurred in court proceedings’

Brothel Woman Ordered To Pay Cash Back

Police, Courts and Treasury happy to benefit from the Immoral cash.

A woman convicted of running a brothel in Worcester has been forced to pay back more than £16,000 of her profits through crime.

Belinda Weston, aged 48, from Calf Heath, Wolverhampton, was convicted at Worcester Crown Court in March 2009 of keeping a brothel used for prostitution.

She had been running a brothel from a property in Malvern Road, St Johns until police officers executed a warrant on Thursday 28 May, 2008.

While Weston was fined £500 with £500 costs, she was ordered to disclose her assets for confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act; this had been instituted by the West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit.

The court determined that her criminal conduct during the operation of the brothel had resulted in her gaining a benefit of £14,396.48 and she was ordered to pay back this amount to Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS).

West Mercia Police has been informed this week by the HMCS Enforcement Unit that Weston paid back £16,132.16, the original order amount of £14,396.48 plus accrued interest of £1,735.68.

Chris Battin, Financial Investigator at the West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit said: “This represents a very satisfactory conclusion to the case as not only were the original offences detected and her activities stopped, but her criminal benefit was paid into the public purse.

“Because there were no direct victims who suffered losses as a result of her activities, the money paid back will be split between the Treasury, West Mercia Police, HMCS and the Crown Prosecution, which means it will be ploughed back into fighting crime in Worcestershire.”

Local Policing Officer for St John’s and officer in the case for the initial investigation, PC Andy Hall, added: “This is a great result and sends a clear message to people that make money from crime that they may have to pay every penny back.

“Belinda Weston acted illegally in a nice, law-abiding community and such behaviour was not tolerated by the police or residents.

“I would like to thank residents for the support and information they offered in connection with this case and would ask anyone who has concerns about any kind of illegal activity in their community to contact police.

I saw this from West Mercia Police so i thought i would ask them the following Question.

Does that mean the Police are benefiting from immoral earnings?

I don’t think the press office had ever been asked such a question as i got several answers.

I pointed out that it was the same money the prostitute had earned sleeping with men for money so in fact the Police were benefiting from immoral earnings.

As it was Immoral earnings when she was spending it the fact its the same cash but the Police were spending it still made it immoral earnings.

After several exchanges i think they gave up

they said “all crime is immoral”

‎”Because there were no direct victims who suffered losses as a result of her activities, the money paid back will be split between the Treasury, West Mercia Police, HMCS and the Crown Prosecution, West Mercia Police has been informed this week by the HMCS Enforcement Unit that Weston paid back £16,132.16, the original order amount of £14,396.48 plus accrued interest of £1,735.68.

But the Victims were the people who lived near it surely?

But the Community that put up with this brothal get nothing,  the money could be used for CCTV or extra street lighting or cutting back overgrown shrubs and hedges in the area.

It seems wrong to me that everyone other than the people affected get money from this as the Courts, the Treasury and crown split it like some find in the street.

It’s time any proceeds of crime recovered under the Proceeds Of Crime Act benefits the Community in the area not scambled over by the Police and Courts.

But a West Mercia Police spokesman hit back saying

” No, it just means that what the public purse has to spend on prosecuting those who benefit from immoral earnings is reduced.”

“All Crime is immoral says  West Mercia Police ”

But this is happening all over the Country and must run in to hundreds of millions a year.

This is money that could be used locally by local people to improve the area around them (A COMMUNTY FUND) instead it is lying in the coffers of the Courts and Police to pay for highly paid pen pushers.

The Proceeds of Crime Act seems to be a cash cow for the Goverment, money that should go in to a community fund to be spent on projects locally where the crime happened.

This could be CCTV for a sheltered housing complex,or funding for a resident’s group or setting up a  youth club to get children off the streets.

All a far better use for the cash.

Hospital deaths probed by Worcestershire trust

Hospital bed
The trust is looking into possible reasons behind the higher than expected mortality rate

An NHS trust has said it will look into why there have been more patient deaths than expected at three hospitals.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust is one of 36 trusts where the mortality rate rose in the past year, according to a new indicator used.

The trust includes the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre, and Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The trust added that it would “investigate any underlying problems”.

‘Actively monitor’

The England-wide Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) looks at deaths in hospitals and up to 30 days after a patient is released.

Figures showed 2,681 deaths were recorded in the year ending March 2011, but only 2,442 had been estimated.

The indicator’s aim is to assess whether the mortality rate is within or outside the expected range after taking into account risk factors for the type of patients a trust treats.

Dr Charles Ashton, medical director at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We actively monitor our mortality rates and, where these are higher than average, this is used as a trigger to investigate and understand any underlying problems – whether in the quality of care that the hospital is delivering to its patients, care after discharge or in data collection processes.

‘On top of it’

“We are establishing a system for every death to be systematically reviewed by senior doctors and to ensure that they are recorded accurately in our records.

“This is the first time SHMI data has been published and we will now be looking at the information in detail in order to interpret exactly what it means and determine what action needs to be taken as a result.”

Peter Pinfield, chairman of the public and patient involvement committee, and member of the primary care trust board, added: “Like all figures, you have to take them with a pinch of salt, but of course they’re worrying and they’re serious.

“We don’t want people to die, so the figures tell a story, but we shouldn’t over react. Hospitals are there to make people better, but unfortunately sometimes people do die.

“There are thousands of people going through our two main hospitals and every one of those are entitled to proper safe quality care, now if that’s not happening or it’s slipping, then we need to keep on top of it.”

Meanwhile,  Pinhead of the Month is Cllr Nick Clarke, the Tory leader of Cambridgeshire County Council. At a council meeting earlier this month, Cllr Clarke led moves to increase councillors’ allowances by an eye-watering 25%.

Only four of his fellow Conservatives voted against the rise, which will increase councillors’ allowances from £7,610 to £9,500 and Cllr Clarke’s own package from £29,856 to £38,000. The changes will cost Cambridgeshire council tax payers an extra £166,000 a year.

Margaret Thatcher claims £535,000 for ex-PM duties

Tony Blair claimed £273,000

John Major claimed £490,000

Margaret Thatcher, with John Major in the backgroundMargaret Thatcher was the longest serving prime minister of the 20th Century
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has claimed £535,000 of taxpayers’ money over the last five years, government records have shown.

Baroness Thatcher, 86, who makes rare public appearances and suffers poor health, was paid from the public duties cost allowance available to ex-PMs.

Others to benefit have been her successor John Major, paid £490,000 in the last five years, and Tony Blair.

In 2008-9, Mr Blair claimed £169,076 – more than his Downing Street salary.

Since leaving office, Mr Blair, who ran the country for a decade from 1997, has claimed just under £273,000.

The system was set up by John Major in 1991, after one year in office, to reward former prime ministers for work including answering letters and attending public events.

In the past five years, the three former number 10 incumbents have cost the taxpayer in total more than £1.7m in public duty allowances.

The figures were revealed by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude following a written Parliamentary question from Tory MP Philip Hollobone.

Mr Maude said: “The public duties cost allowance is kept under review.”

In 2005, doctors advised Lady Thatcher, who served three consecutive terms in office, that she should not make public speeches in the wake of some minor strokes.

But she still attends some public functions, including an address by the Pope during his state visit to the UK last year.

In September, she attended a party to mark former Defence Secretary Liam Fox’s 50th birthday at his London apartment.

Meanwhile, Pinhead of the Month is Cllr Nick Clarke, the Tory leader of Cambridgeshire County Council. At a council meeting earlier this month, Cllr Clarke led moves to increase councillors’ allowances by an eye-watering 25%.Only four of his fellow Conservatives voted against the rise, which will increase councillors’ allowances from £7,610 to £9,500 and Cllr Clarke’s own package from £29,856 to £38,000. The changes will cost Cambridgeshire council tax payers an extra £166,000 a year. Not good at a time of cuts to services.