Archive for September, 2011

Word From the Streets w/c 29th August 2011 – AND FINALLY…

A brave six-year-old boy from Stockport has been honoured with an award presented by Prince Harry. Harley Lane lost all his limbs during a horrific battle with meningitis. He was named as one of the bravest children in Britain at the WellChild Awards ceremony at the InternContinental Hotel in London. Prince Harry is the charity’s patron, and he shook hands with Harley who has a prosthetic arms and legs. Harley’s dad Adam said: “Harry asked Harley what football team he supported and talked about how inspirational he is. Harley was very excited to meet a Royal.”

Word From the Streets w/c 29th August 2011 – QUOTES

“When you order your table from Argos you expect them to get back to you and tell you what time they will call round. There’s no reason why GMP should be any different.”

-       Greater Manchester’s chief constable, Peter Fahy, defending plans reduce the number of ‘front desks’ from 56 to 21.

Word From the Streets w/c 29th August 2011 – INTERNATIONALLY

Johannesburg’s business district has witnessed the worst violence since the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1994. The trouble had resulted from the appearance of Julius Malema in front of an ANC disciplinary committee. Malema, the fiery leader of the ANC’s youth league, has been accused of “sowing dissent” and trying to “plant the seed of civil war” in South Africa. Hundreds of people clashed with police, throwing stones and bottles, smashing car windows, setting bins alight and reports of people being dragged from cars to join the protest. Police responded with rubber bullets, stun grenades and water cannon. More >

Word From the Streets w/c 29th August 2011 – NATIONALLY

The Notting Hill carnival passed off relatively peacefully in the wake of the London August riots. Arrests were down from 243 to 170 as 6,500 police patrolled the streets. But it a press cameraman was on hand to catch the picture of man with knife fleeing from the scene where another man had been stabbed. The picture in the Daily Mirror shows a shopper/tourist with a camera and shopping bags tripping up the man with the knife, whilst the stabbing victim can be seen in standing in pain as police move in. Moments later, a picture shows the victim, aged More >

Word From the Streets w/c 29th August 2011 – REGIONALLY

The Matthew Street festival has been hailed a success with thousands of people packing the city centre for the one of Liverpool’s biggest free parties. Claire McColgan, the cities culture chief, said: “Matthew Street was huge success. We’ve had 320,000 people over two days and the vast majority behaved impeccably and had a fantastic time. A small minority didn’t and that’s what we’re going to look at next year. Police made 67 arrests in the first couple of days of the event for offences including drunk and disorderly, assault, theft and possession of drugs and weapons. Large quantities of alcohol More >

Word From the Streets w/c 29th August 2011 – LOCALLY

Two 16-year-old boys have been jailed for six month for looting a Maplin Electronics store on Oxford Road during the riots. Another boy aged 16 was allowed to go free after being found guilty of attempting to loot jewellery from Swarovski store in St Ann’s Square, his lawyer had said in his defence: “What he has to live with is tremendous. His family have been told they could lose the home they have lived in for 17 years. He was caught up in the crowd mentality. If he goes into custody he will associate with much more sophisticated criminals and More >

Word From the Streets w/c 29th August 2011

The round up and prosecution of looters and rioters goes on. So far nearly 60 people have been sentenced with many more cases still to go. A total of 3,200 weeks, 61 years, of prison terms have handed out, with the average term being just over 15 months. The average age is just over 25 and 85% of those sentenced have been male.

Word From the Streets w/c 22nd August 2011 – AND FINALLY…

A young person was given in to the police by his disgusted father for holding a man for his cheese sandwich with toy gun. The 14-year-old’s father had read about the theft from 50-year-old Garry Bell in the paper and realised his son was involved. The boy was given a “final warning” by police. Mr Bell, a Factory worker from Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, said: “If I’d been older, I could have had a heart attack.”

Word From the Streets w/c 22nd August 2011 – QUOTES

“We’re cheering on a football crowd with AK-4ys – who could be WORSE than Gaddafi.”

-       Peter Hitchens, columnist with the Mail of Sunday.

“If I win the Mercury my head will explode.”

-       Obaro Ejiimwe, a London-born rapper Ghostpoet on his nomination for the Mercury best breakthrough act award.

Word From the Streets w/c 22nd August 2011 – INTERNATIONALLY

The world economy is feeling more aftershocks from the 2008 banking crisis as the financial markets quake again. And European political and economic unity is being question more intensely than at any time in the EU’s history. The rejection of the EU constitution by people in France, the Netherlands, and Ireland led to the ‘Lisbon Treaty’ being imposed and Irish arms twisted to vote ‘Yes’ to see it pass through. The EU’s climate policy has faltered because the repeatedly collapsing Emissions Trading Scheme, which has saw corruption and fake markets become a common feature. But it is the Euro that More >