The police recommended hiring private security to oversee a rolling road block at a cost of £4,000. A quiet out of season seaside town needs a rolling road block on a Sunday?
Hundreds of children had gathered for the traditional Margate march last Sunday but were left disappointed as the lack of officers on the route prevented it taking place. Surely hundreds of people marching along behind flags and band is a rolling road block in itself.
Mind you police officers had enough officers to attend a rally against fuel poverty in Birchington, 3 miles down the ‘frog and toad’ (road), earlier on Sunday and managed to enforce a road closure. Apparently the mood of the protesters was described as “good natured and jovial”, with a trumpeter playing as the protesters walked along the route along the seafront.
Organisers said that about 200 people gathered for the start of the march, although fewer people took part in the march itself.
Hmm, a political demo, more chance for police to crack heads than when escorting hundreds of disciplined children in uniform celebrating our national day.
Yesterday I mused over how many illegal workers would be found if every restaurant/takeaway was visited by UKBA. Me thinks it would number in tens of thousands.
For instance eight people are in detention awaiting removal from the UK after they were arrested in raids on 5 separate businesses in Plymouth.
Officers went to View Pan Asia in Royal Parade, New Dragon House on Welbeck Avenue, Golden Phoenix on Wesley Avenue, Crystal Dragon in Southside Street and Masterchef on North Hill, all on 21st April.
At View Pan Asia the immigration status of staff was checked and 2 Nepalese men were arrested for immigration offences. A 23-year-old had stayed in the country illegally after his visa expired while a 26-year-old was working in breach of the conditions of his student visa.
At New Dragon House, a 23-year-old Malaysian woman was found to have entered the UK illegally.
In a raid on Golden Phoenix, 3 Malaysian men – aged 23, 31 and 53, were arrested. The 31-year-old had entered the country illegally, while the other 2 men had overstayed their visas.
A 26-year-old Chinese man was arrested at Crystal Dragon. He was found to have stayed in the UK after his asylum claim was rejected.
At Masterchef, a 39-year-old Chinese woman was detained after she was found to have entered the UK illegally.
All 8 were taken to Charles Cross police station, Plymouth, for further questioning. They were later transferred to immigration detention where they remain pending their removal from the UK.
Dodgy Care Home reports
A 43-year-old woman, from Northamptonshire, was given the ‘tin tack’ (sack) from the Care Quality Commission, the health and social care regulator, for gross misconduct after an internal inquiry was launched on information provided by a whistleblower. I think there should be a finacial reward for whistleblowers. It is not known how many care homes are involved or over what time frame.
She is currently being questioned by police as part of an ongoing investigation concerning allegations that proprietors of care homes were being pressurised into paying fees for favourable inspection reports.
I doubt that dodgy Care Home owners needed much pressure to ensure a favourable report.