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  1. Derek Flint

    Man sentenced for fake gun

    Would it help, if I assured you, as a former cop of 27 years, involved with armed policing for most of his career, as AFO, Tactical Adviser and Tactical Firearms Commander, as well as having the Firearms Department under my leadership for the last 2 years of my service, that all this cops and guns malarkey is highly structured, meticulously commanded and recorded, and that every officer in the chain is well trained, occupationally and operationally competent, and wholly accountable for their decisions. Everyone involved, in any firearms operation knows it is still a big deal. They are tense, complex and exceptionally testing. The less times the police have to face some individual who is messing about with an imitation firearm the better. The post was, in my opinion, just highlighting that.
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    Doing It On Your Doorstep

    Straw clutching department
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    Doing It On Your Doorstep

    I personally am doing a trip to B&Q in support of this weekend, and will be reporting back to friends and family across on the experience.
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    Man sentenced for fake gun

    In respect of 1. You will have to ask the cops what their current policy.is. But before you do, follow some of the UK ARV twitter feeds. The service is a lot more relaxed about social media comms these days. You would have laughed at some of the stuff I was pulled up on a few years back - even on my personal accounts. Some of the stuff posted these days by quite senior people makes me think things must have changed. 2. All about context. Man spotted with firearm in a pub - who knows how that is going to pan out? If the cops decide they need to go, they are likely to send armed officers. Depending on the tactics deployed, there will be an interaction between the person with the gun and the cops. And there may well be a reaction to that which demands a split second decision. At that stage, as you allude to, real or fake, lawfully or unlawfully held, is immaterial. The only legal decision at that point pertains to art. 2 HRA and s.6 Crimimal Law Act.
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    NSC

    Churchill once observed that the representative institutions democracy relied upon, no longer attracted the quality of people necessary for them to function effectively. 1931; "Democracy as a guide or motive to progress has long been known to be incompetent. None of the legislative assemblies of the great modern states represents in universal suffrage even a fraction of the strength or wisdom of the community...Democratic governments drift along the line of least resistance, taking short views, paying their way with sops and doles, and smoothing their path with pleasant-sounding platitudes." Sound familiar? (from Churchill. Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts. p 358)
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    NSC

    I think the entire floating floor mechanism has been replaced. Dont know what the service life was meant to be?
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    Man sentenced for fake gun

    Well, could you tell the difference? Remember that we still have legally held handguns in public circulation. There is, accordingly, a significantly higher chance that a sighting is actually of a viable firearm. The island has come a long way in the last 20 years in its armed policing capability, in terms of equipment, availability and training of commanders, advisers and firearms officers. The fail rate on the initial courses - carried out to exactly the same standards as the UK, is high.
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    Lack Of Road Safety Strategy...

    Ah, but we are special!
  9. Derek Flint

    Lost battle

    Well, i can guarantee it aint here.
  10. Derek Flint

    Lost battle

    And you suppose that was state-sponsored?
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    Lost battle

    Utter, utter bollocks.
  12. Derek Flint

    Police Cars

    At least we had the Mono once
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    Police Cars

    You dont actually have to be. The exemption is on the vehicle. However, i think theyve got.it covered. See section on driver training https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://vacancy.sja.org.uk/get/job/file/3797&ved=2ahUKEwjrhIzexf3gAhXjXRUIHQE_CwgQFjAFegQIAxAB&usg=AOvVaw0TgqsB3-81FM2mmdsY10z2
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    Police Cars

    Ten miles in the right car isn’t a long way.
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    Police Cars

    The cops will eke every last drop of value out of a car. They shouldn’t be paying road tax (stopped in the 90’s in the UK) as it is effectively money laundering (govt gives out money, money spent with govt). Depreciation is pretty much immaterial considering the prices they are bought at. Vehicles are all bought for a purpose, and are fit for the job. Traffic cars will ideally be solid, dependable, high performance vehicles. Fuel consumption, all things considered, isn’t bad on that car. So no - continue to give them the best we can.
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    Steam Packet to be sold

    This is the bit that irks; “Yes, a Liverpool linkspan and berthing facility is good, but do we need a big terminal paid for by government. After all the Steam Packet have provided the, inadequate, facilities for 40 years” Why indeed?
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    Steam Packet to be sold

    Why do we actually need to go to Liverpool at all? And if we do, why do we need to spend shedloads of. Only, when facilities already exist nearby at Birkenhead? asking for a friend.
  18. Derek Flint

    PAC Report into DHSC

    Nothing will happen you at least expect some honorable resignations
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    Ramsey marina meeting tonight

    Bought lock stock etc. by David Dorricot. He has gone on to spend a fortune on it. Using it as a tech business incubator. Loads more potential, and DD isn’t short of vision, or money. Its a nice place to be, and will only continue to benefit the North.
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    Parole Decisions - Mr Malarkey

    Yes, but the answer is the same. It’s the law.
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    Parole Decisions - Mr Malarkey

    It’s the law. and in fairness, ha states it is unlikely he would overrule the committee
  22. Derek Flint

    Keith Flint

    not that we could work out! I find it incredibly sad when explosive talent like his just burns out. George Michael, Freddy Mercury, Amy Winehouse. The list goes on.
  23. Derek Flint

    Beneficial Register MPs visiting IOM

    I've a lot of time for Alex, but he has most certainly become a "politician'. shame really.
  24. Derek Flint

    Keith Flint

    Met Keith a couple of times at TT. A gentleman.
  25. Derek Flint

    Manx Radio

    In fairness, Jo had more knowledge than Jodie.
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