Call for changes in CCTV guidance on fly tippers

Calls have been made for the UK Government to review its policy on not allowing CCTV cameras to be used to catch fly tippers.

Although the Government introduced fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping, the problem persists across the country, particularly on farmland.

Fly-tipping in London
TOP TIP: CCTV use for detecting fly-tipping was restricted by the Coalition Government. Courtesy: Alan Stanton (originally posted to Flickr as ‘Scales Road Mattress Mountain’)
Due to changes to the Law under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, installing security cameras on land to catch fly tippers is not permitted, making catching those responsible for causing damage to the land extremely difficult.

Gavin Williamson is the MP for South Staffordshire. “I was particularly concerned to hear about the fact that as a result of changes to the Law it is not possible to position cameras in order to crack down on fly tippers,” he said. “We are extremely fortunate to live in a very beautiful part of the country.
Incidents such as this are not only visually abhorrent, but can also be extremely damaging to our environment.
I have urged Ministers to review these measures so that these acts of vandalism can be stopped and prevent our green spaces from becoming a permanent eyesore in our picturesque countryside.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is a privacy expert. “In my point of view preventing crime is more important than punishing it,” he said. “Once word spreads that sites at risk of fly tipping are being monitored with CCTV the amount of fly tipping will go down because people will not want to be caught.

Campaigners rejoice as Texas introduce cameras in special needs classes

Campaigners are celebrating a victory in ensuring the protection of special needs students in Texas schools through the introduction of CCTV.

Since June, schools in Texas have been able to install cameras to protect students. Senate Bill 507 was created following the alleged rape of a student with autism, for which a prosecution was not able to be brought due to lack of evidence.

Dr Diana Otero is Executive Director of Special Education at YISD. “There have been concerns in the past from other districts, that probably prompted the need for this (law),” she said. “And I say we have great teachers, I don’t see a problem with any of that. I see it as another layer of safety that parents feel they need.”

Tara Heidinger runs the Cameras In Special Needs Classrooms campaign. “Texas families, advocates, and more stuck together, shared their testimonies, and let their voices be heard all the way to state house,” she said. “Texas families, advocates, and more have been fighting for cameras in special needs classrooms at least 4-5 years now.
With everyone sticking together and never giving up, they passed the Bill this session to have cameras in special needs classrooms in the State of Texas. Georgia state has a Bill currently and more states in the USA are fighting for Bills. Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and more are also getting involved for Cameras In Special Needs Classrooms.

The Facebook Page for Cameras In Special Needs Classrooms is: http://www.facebook.com/CamerasInSpecialNeedsClassrooms

Armed robbery at Wimborne shop – CCTV appeal

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a local convenience store in Wimborne are appealing to the public for information – with CCTV images of the offenders being released.

The incident happened at around 05:50 on Thursday 6 August 2015 at the Nisa Shop on Sopwith Crescent in the Merley area.

Two men entered the store and threatened staff with a weapon before stealing a significant amount of cash and leaving the shop.

No one was physically injured during the incident.

One of the offenders was wearing a balaclava and carrying a large kitchen knife and the other had a scarf over his face and was holding an axe. Both had dark jackets on with their hoods up.

Detective Constable Ben Griffin is from Bournemouth CID. “I am now in a position to release CCTV images of the two offenders,” he said. “I would like to hear from anyone who saw these men in the area around the time of the incident.
Both men had their faces covered, however I believe someone may be able to identify either man by the clothes they were wearing or from their build.
Anyone with information should contact me, in confidence, on 101.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 6:54. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Man convicted following use of Scan Net

A Barking man has been given a suspended prison sentence for an assault in Romford.

Gheorghe-Marian Ciovica, 30, of Eldred Road, Barking pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH). He was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on 6 July 2015, to two years’ imprisonment suspended, 200 hours’ community service and a four month curfew from Romford town centre

On 2 May 2015, CCTV captured the moment when a 32-year-old man was suddenly pushed to the ground as he walked along South Street, Romford in the early hours of the morning. Just after the victim got to his feet, he was struck by a single punch causing him to fall and bang his head on the ground rendering him unconscious.

When police arrived on scene, the victim was being attended to by a friend and other members of the public and Ciovica had made off on a train towards central London.

Officers obtained CCTV footage showing Ciovica leaving a town centre venue where Scan Net – an ID scanner system checking and registering patrons’ identification as they enter licensed premises – had recorded his personal details as he gained access earlier in the evening.

Officers placed an alert on Scan Net to notify police upon Ciovica’s return.

Ciovica was arrested at a town centre venue when he returned on Saturday, 9 May. He was remanded to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 11 May, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of GBH.

DC Ian Spring is from Havering CID Violent Crime Unit. “The use of Scan Net and CCTV around Romford town centre played a big part in identifying and capturing Ciovica,” he said. “Romford has a great nightlife and we hope people can safely enjoy what it has to offer.

In 2013, researchers at the Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning System in Swansea devised a technology for using CCTV to reduce crime, including through automatic processing. The research is entitled, “Reducing Corruption and Protecting Privacy in Emerging Economies: The Potential of Neuroeconomic Gamification and Western Media Regulation in Trust Building and Economic Growth” and was published in the IGI Global book, “Economic Behavior, Game Theory, and Technology in Emerging Markets,” by Bryan Christiansen and Muslum Basilgan.

Doorman ‘threatened’ Cardiff guest

A doorman became threatening and abusive towards an establishment’s regular guest because he was critical of a sister club.

The worker at the Playhouse Gentlemen’s Club in Cardiff insisted the visitor pay a £5 entry fee to enter the popular bar, which he had never had to do before, as some consider it “pimping” to do so.

The doorman at Playhouse Gentlemen’s Club in Cardiff made defamatory remarks about the visitor, including calling them a “pedophile,” because they objected to the venue making money from exploiting women who pay a fee to be there.

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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: A Doorman at Playhouse Gentlemen’s Club becomes confrontational with a regular visitor

When the visitor asked to see the doorman’s Security Industry Authority card, the doorman at Playhouse Gentleman’s Club, refused, walking up to the visitor in an intimidating fashion.

No complaint has yet been made to South Wales Police about the doorman, but the incident was captured on CCTV. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) have been asked to review the situation, including because the Doorman refused to show his SIA card to the visitor.

Trolling legacy for convicted rapist’s victim

Ched Evans was convicted of raping a teenager, whose identity was revealed on Twitter.
Ched Evans was convicted of raping a teenager, whose identity was revealed on Twitter. Courtesy: Wikipedia

The woman a court has found to be raped by footballer Ched Evans is continuing to relive her horror as trolls continue their campaign of terror against the teenager.

Sicko fans of Ched Evans have forced the woman he was convicted of raping to move home 5 times, her father has said. Convicted rapist, Evans, even sought to rub salt in the wounds, by posting a CCTV video allegedly showing the teenager going into a hotel with a man later acquitted of rape, which was prior to being engaged in sex by Evans.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the father of the teenager spoke of the effect supporters of the now disgraced footballer were having on his daughter. “It’s the fifth time she’s had to move in under three years, she is just living her life on the run,” he said. “I couldn’t even see her over Christmas because it’s too risky for her to visit me.
I don’t even know where she is living at the moment, so I haven’t been able to give her the Christmas presents I bought her.
The last time I saw her was almost a year ago, and it’s been hard not having her at home over Christmas. I just want her near me so I can protect her.

The UK’s Attorney General’s office has said they will be looking into a letter sent by the father of the teenager about the situation. “One of our senior lawyers has been seriously considering the number of issues raised in the letter since we received it on November 12 and we hope to reach a conclusion shortly,” a spokesman said. “We apologise that the victim’s father has not been kept updated and we will be in touch with him as soon as possible.

12 years jail for knifeman who struck in street and park

A “dangerous” man has been jailed for 12 years for two vicious knife attacks – including one in which he teamed up with his girlfriend to lure a Londoner to a Birmingham park with a series of flirtatious Facebook posts.

Afahan Hussain slashed a man across the face with a Stanley knife in Soho Road last August in an unprovoked attack just weeks after a park robbery where he threatened a man – tempted from the capital by Hussain’s callous partner Haseena Aziz – with a meat cleaver.

The Londoner met 28-year-old honey-trap Aziz in parkland near the Handsworth flyover on 15 June last year having been persuaded to make the trip north under the impression she was keen on striking up a relationship. But shortly after taking a bench seat Hussain – who was lying in wait – charged at the 25-year-old, punched and head-butted him, before holding a cleaver to his face and demanding his phone and cash.

Phone and social media enquiries led West Midlands Police detectives to the pair who were later charged with robbery. They were found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on 2 June. The jury heard how cruel Aziz laughed as she watched the attack and then waded in herself by kicking the man in the groin – and both later sent texts mocking him for falling for their set-up.

And just weeks after the park robbery gold-toothed Hussain slashed a stranger across the face in a seemingly motiveless street attack. He shoulder barged a man to the floor in Soho Road in the early hours of August 7 and as the 27-year-old scrambled to his feet Hussain pulled out a knife and slashed him down the left side of his face, severing an artery and narrowly missing his left eye.

Bleeding heavily, he ran to Thornhill Road police station for help and firearms officers were deployed to provide emergency Fast Aid – an advanced form of first aid that’s a feature of all armed police training – before paramedics arrived. They helped stem the bleeding and doctors later said the attack could have proved fatal due to the significant blood loss.

A week later the victim spotted Hussain through a bedroom window whilst recuperating at his girlfriend’s house in Hockley’s South Road. He watched as the 29-year-old entered a neighbouring house and, minutes later, police officers arrived to find him lounging on a sofa.

Hussain denied the offence but the victim’s recollection of his attacker’s distinctive gold tooth proved crucial and today (August 1) he was jailed for a total of 12 years having been found guilty of wounding with intent to cause GBH and robbery. Aziz was found guilty of robbery and jailed for four years.

Detective Constable Sara Caldwell investigated the Soho Road attack. “It was completely unprovoked…the man was walking with a friend to a local shop to buy cigarettes when Hussain deliberately barged into him and lashed out with a knife,” she said. “The victim suffered significant blood loss, nerve damage and has lost sensation on the left side of his face. It was an outrageous attack.
“Anyone who carries a knife in public is potentially putting themselves and others in danger and can expect to be jailed, even if they don’t strike out with it in anger.
“The judge described Hussain as a dangerous man and a risk to the public…he will rightly spend many years behind bars and be subject to an extended licence period upon his eventual release.”

Unemployed Hussain accepted being shown on CCTV in Soho Road at the time of the attack – just after 1am on Wednesday 7 August – but denied being involved or seeing the man being set upon. However, he was found guilty by a unanimous jury after a five-day trial in February at Birmingham Crown Court; sentencing was delayed due to him standing trial on June 2 alongside Aziz for the Handsworth park robbery.

Reducing Corruption and Protecting Privacy in Emerging Economies: The Potential of Neuroeconomic Gamification and Western Media Regulation in Trust Building and Economic Growth

Reducing Corruption and Protecting Privacy in Emerging Economies: The Potential of Neuroeconomic Gamification and Western Media Regulation in Trust Building and Economic Growth

Jonathan Bishop

Abstract

This chapter presents a location-based affective computing system, which can assist growing emerging markets by helping them reduce crime and increase public safety when used in conjunction with CCTV. Internet systems based on location-based services have increased in availability. Social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook now employ the information on user locations to provide context to their posts, and services such as Foursquare rely on people checking into different places, often to compete with their friends and others. Location-based information, when combined with other records, such as CCTV, promotes the opportunity for a better society. People normally abused by corrupt state officials for crimes they did not commit will now have alibis, shops will be able to more effectively build trust and procure new customers through “social proof,” and other forms of corruption will be tackled such as benefit fraud and tax evasion. Trust that everyone is paying his or her fair share can develop.

Full Text

Reference

Jonathan Bishop (2013). Reducing Corruption and Protecting Privacy in Emerging Economies: The Potential of Neuroeconomic Gamification and Western Media Regulation in Trust Building and Economic Growth. In: Bryan Christiansenand Muslum Basilgan (Eds.) Economic Behavior, Game Theory, and Technology in Emerging Markets. IGI Global: Hershey, PA. (Pages 237-249). Available online at: http://resources.crocels.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/reducing-corruption-and-protecting-privact-in-emerging-economies-the-potential-of-neuroeonomic-gamification-and-western-media-regulation-in-trust-building-and-economic-growth.pdf

Structured training ‘in place’

A Crocels News campaign for more training of staff in hospitals at risk from abuse from members of the public has been successful.

More  than 170 people have been prosecuted for or warned about abusive behaviour towards NHS staff in Cwm Taf in just six months. There has even been as a new memorandum of understanding between the four police forces in Wales, the Crown Prosecution Service and NHS Wales will strengthen the zero tolerance approach to violence and aggression towards NHS staff. Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Not only does this memorandum of understanding provide a clear understanding of the respective roles, responsibilities and processes involved, but it will also help NHS staff better understand the criminal justice system and have confidence that it can deliver the right results ”

Emyr Jones, Cwm Taf Health Board’s personal safety advisor spoke to Crocels News about how the trust is now taking training of staff more seriously. “Cwm Taf Health Board has a structured, rolling programme in place to deliver violence and aggression training, including de-escalation techniques, to all our frontline staff,” he said. “This training complies with the all-Wales passport and information scheme and skills for health. We also deliver a three-hour personal safety and de-escalation training course, which is supported by breakaway break and escape techniques.
In addition to this we have developed and deliver specific training in the management of non-gratuitous violence and more recently we have developed training in the management of telephone rage.

Crocels News’s campaign to have CCTV installed in at-risk areas has also been successful. As Health Minister Mark Drakeford explains this will be fundamental to reducing harm to both staff and patients. “This agreement builds on a number of related initiatives already in place throughout Wales – such as the installation of CCTV in clinical areas, lone worker safety devices connected to police control centres and support systems for victims of violence or aggression,” he said.

 

 

‘Fans will pay’ says health board

A health board is threatening rugby fans that any altercations between them and untrained NHS staff will result in prosecution.

Backed by South Wales Police, whose chief constable Peter Vaughan faced fresh discrimination allegations this week, Cwm Taf Health Board has said that should any of its staff fail to take account of their vulnerability following drinking excessive alcohol, it will be them and not the unskilled NHS workers who will face disciplinary action. An investigation by Crocels News has found that in the last accounted for year, the Welsh Government spent £5,570 on incident management training for NHS staff whereas they spent £300,000 on the equivalent initiative in schools.

In the last 22 months over 10 patients have been accused of abusing staff at Royal Glamorgan Hospital alone. Dave Lewis, Cwm Taf Health Board’s violence and aggression case manager, said: “Our staff do not come to work to be insulted, abused or assaulted – they come to work to care for others when they need help.
We take any attacks or threats towards our staff very seriously. We encourage our staff to report all incidents and we will prosecute those who are responsible for abusing them.

In January, demands were made for all hospital staff dealing with vulnerable adults to be fitted with CCTV in order to protect members of the public. It followed a vulnerable patient, Geoffrey Russell Thomas, being accused of abusive and threatening behaviour towards staff at Royal Glamorgan Hospital after he sought medical attention when he was in a vulnerable condition. It is though he was provoked by Cwm Taf Health Board’s staff, who have been exposed as part of a string of attacks on NHS staff blamed on the patients who went to the hospitals and other premises for help.