Month: January 2016

Will the last copper out of Southend please turn off the lights?


Essex Police

So the declining size of Essex Police cannot have passed by anyone who lives in the county, or certainly not in Southend. Round after round of vicious cuts has hollowed out the numbers of frontline officers, PCSOs and support staff, leaving those few with a thanklessly difficult job.

Time and again we are reassured that there is no impact on the service provided, and that policing is as robust as ever, but even a five year old can figure out that if you keep taking and taking away from policing resources then it will be impossible to maintain the same standard of service (Might be one to remember, for the near future -Ed).

A particularly potent example reaches your blogger’s ears of anti-social behaviour in a residential Westcliff street one night last week. Persons of ill-repute were apparently knocking the wing mirrors off parked cars, and when residents called the police, they were unable to help because no cars were available.

In other news, the Essex police precept is going up in 2016/17, and Police & Crime Commissioner elections are on 5th May.

A Mad Man with a Blog’s top five films of 2015


film 2015

Okay, so we’re doing this. And if we’re doing this, then we need to lay out some ground rules.

Firstly, these are all going to be films that I’ve actually seen. Which was a little limiting, when I got down to it. Apparently a number of the films I quite liked this year were actually not films this year. Who knew?

Anyway, the second rule is that these are the films I most enjoyed. Which is a polite way of saying that it’s my list, and I’m choosing the films.

Other than that, enjoy and feel free to be wrong disagree in the comments.

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