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‘Unprecedented’ Number Of Shots Fired – Police

This is the title of a section of the BBC’s rolling news feed.

This is said.

Eight police officers fired a total of 50 bullets to kill the three London Bridge attackers, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

He described it as an “unprecedented” number of shots fired by police.

An IPCC investigation would take place, but he said that the situation officers faced was “critical”.

He said he was “humbled by the bravery of officers who will rush towards a potential suicide bomber”.

I don’t like guns and it is one of the reasons, I don’t go to the United States.

But I still think the number of bullets fired was excessive, especially as one round hit an innocent member of the public.

Thirty years ago, after Metier had been sold to Lockheed, I met one of their guys, who looked after research into unusual devices for Special Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies.

One thing we discussed over a couple of drinks, was a tranquiliser gun, which is regularly used by superheroes and wild animal vets. I can remember him saying that they could have applications where human shields were being used or in crowded encounters, where the chances of hitting the wrong target were high.

I also remember other ideas being tested.

So are we doing enough research into creating weapons that deal with the situations that arose in the London Bridge attacks and will surely arise in the future?

I hope that in the major IPCC review of the attacks, which must happen, the scope and efficiency of the weapons available to the Police is thoroughly examined.

One question, I would ask, is do they have a weapon, that could stop a truck, larger than the Renault van used last night?

 

June 4, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments

Lord Carlile Says Control Orders Could Come Back

This is the title of a section of the BBC’s rolling news feed.

This is said.

The former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation says Theresa May could be looking to reintroduce control orders when she reviews the UK’s anti-terrorism strategy.

Lord Carlile of Berriew said if they had been in place, they “may have saved a lot of lives”.

Control orders were introduced by Tony Blair in 2005. The orders allowed suspects to be relocated away from their home communities, subjected them to 16-hour home-arrest curfews and barred them from using mobile phones or the internet.

They were replaced by Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures or Tpims in 2011.

If Lord Carlile says they might have saved a lot of lives, then they should surely be looked at.

 

 

June 4, 2017 Posted by | World | , | 4 Comments

Attacker Was Married With Children

This is the title of a section of the BBC’s rolling news feed.

This is said.

The BBC understands that one of the attackers shot by police last night lived at an address in Barking, which has been the subject of intense police activity today.

The dead attacker was, according to neighbours, a married man with two children who had had lived at the address for around 3 years.

That says a lot about the stupid and selfish nature of the attackers.

 

 

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A Touch Of The Maggie’s

In her speech outside Number 10, this morning, Theresa May was in fighting mood and was showing her annoyance at the London Bridge attacks.

Her speech almost had a touch of the Maggie’s about it, from the time of when the Falklands were invaded.

Certainly, these murderous imbeciles need some strong handling.

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Edinburgh Airport Flying High Because Of Brexit

The Sunday Times also reports that Edinburgh Airport is doing well because Brexit has helped to drive a surge in passengers.

  • Passenger numbers are up 11%.
  • Routes are up by 7%.
  • Turnover gre 13%

Profits did slump by 34%, after a one-off boost in 2015.

 

June 4, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments

Heathrow Plan To Build Third Runway – On Stilts Over M25

This is the title of an article in the Business section of the Sunday Times.

Apparently, three viaducts would be built over the M25, with a wide one for the runway and two narrower ones for the taxi-ways.

Sounds fine by me!

I also feel that the technique of using stilts could be applied to build new housing and commercial properties over roads and railways.

Look at all that space over some city centre stations!

June 4, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Protecting Pedestrians From Vehicles Driven By Imbeciles

Look at these Google Maps of part of various bridges across the Thames.

London Bridge

Southwark Bridge

Blackfriars Bridge

Waterloo Bridge

Westminster Bridge

Note.

  1. How the pedestrians can are easily seen in the images.
  2. All the bridges have wide pavements, which are designed for easy walking.
  3. All images were probably taken at the same time and are to the same scale.
  4. Westminster Bridge is much busier than the others.

There is no protection to stop a bin lorry  with a driver who has a high risk of collapse, wandering off into the crowd. Given that that has happened in recent years, surely we should develop a protective system, that stopped vehicles getting on the pavement.

You wouldn’t need it on every road, as very few are likely to suffer an attack from imbeciles. But there have been a couple of pedestrians killed by drunks or drivers who should have given up because of health or advanced age.

Many roads too already have massive protection for pedestrians, as rows of vehicles are parked nose to tail alongside. I’ve never heard of an out of control vehicle going through a line of parked vehicles to kill someone. It must have happened surely!

Perhaps on London’s bridges and the wide pavements of streets like Regent Street and the Embankment, bollards or something physical will help.

But we should think creatively!

Something that could be done in London would be to follow on from the action at Bank Junction, where between seven and seven, the junction is for buses and cyclists only.

As there seems to have been little protest about this action, perhaps it could be done elsewhere and for twenty-four hours.

Look at the image of Southwark Bridge and the bridge is showing its reputation as London’s least used bridge.

So why not make the bridge pedestrians and cyclists only?

That could be done tomorrow and it would take some pressure from London Bridge, especially in the rush hour.

Also, at Blackfriars Bridge, it should be that pedestrians could use Blackfriars station, by just touching in and out and not being charged.

Pedestrian-only routes must be much safer.

June 4, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 1 Comment