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Interview with Danny Lucas of @LitterGram

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Litter currently costs Britain £1bn per year and Jason’s guest tonight has set up a smart phone app which lets users report sights of litter directly to their council to clear it up.

Danny Lucas developed the Littergram app over a year ago and as well as chatting to Jason McCrossan about how it works – we also hear how Facebook is trying to force Littergram to change its name.

Hilda Murrell – Murdered By The British State?

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In 1984 Hilda Murrell, a 78-year-old distinguished rose-grower turned anti-nuclear campaigner, was found brutally murdered outside her home town of Shrewsbury, England. The case became one of the biggest, most bizarre and baffling British murders of the 20th century involving political conspiracies surrounding the nuclear industry and the Falklands War.

After a cold case review, in 2005 Andrew George, who was a 16-year-old petty thief from a foster home, was convicted. In 2011, Hilda’s nephew, former British Navy Commander Robert Green, does not believe Mr George committed the murder – but who did? Robert spoke to Jason on Monday Matters.

British Transport Police referred to IPCC

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A video has been doing the rounds which shows an arrest made British Transport Police in St Pancras in March.

On the face of it the video makes uncomfortable viewing. The man being arrested repeatedly asks “why” he is being arrested and gets no response other than to get repeatedly shouted at and hit with a stick by the policeman, who actually sounds a bit out of control and appears to be using riot squad techniques on this single man. The man also is heard to say “I’m not a criminal” which result in him being shouted at and beaten by a stick by the policeman who seems determined to get the man to lie on the floor.

The other police officer in the video appears to be more stand off-ish and not as aggressive and then more officers arrive and take the man to the side – all in full view of the public and, as it happens in St Pancras, foreign visitors to our country.

 

In 2016 I find it incredible that a any man can be hit by a stick by police.  It wouldn’t of made it less painful viewing had he been a white man – but one wonders if this is the treatment that we hear about from the black community who often feel they are unfairly singled out and hit upon (in this case literally) by the police.  No matter what the colour of the person, it cannot be acceptable to be treated like this by the police.

When contacted their press office a spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) said: “We continue to investigate the incident involving BTP officers detaining a man at St Pancras station on Tuesday, 8 March.

“Our Professional Standards Department (PSD) has been informed and the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).”

STOP! Paying for MPs to get Pissed – let’s spend it on the#NHS

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Nothing insenses me more than when a group of experts are bullied into agreeing to something which they know is wrong by a government desparate to make good on a shoddy election promise – on paper rather than practice.

And so today we have a strike by junior doctors who are worried that the terms and conditions they thought they had signed up to when they started their careers – is being ripped up and replaced with a new contract which, in its heart, is about doing more with less, for less.

Having squeezed all the juice from the apple – Mr Hunt and David Cameron are now attempting to squeeze juice from the remaining pips! And it is an utter disgrace.

I have used the NHS alot lately and so understand that it is climbersome, slow and at its best when dealing with life or death emergencies. The rest of us – form an orderly and long queue please.

So, I am all for new ideas and reforms. But they must be sensible and reasoned and funded properly.

Watch Jeremy Hunt squirm as he listens to letters from junior doctors
Watch Jeremy Hunt squirm as he listens to letters from junior doctors

 

This is NOT what we are getting from Jeremy Hunt. His proposals are designed to spread what is currently done over 5 days over 7. Let me tell you – the NHS in some parts is struggling with 5 days – never mind 7.  WE MUST NOT make Doctors pay the price of over funded and bad management of NHS boards.

I am not saying I don’t disagree with the Conservative aspiration of a fully functioning 7 day health system. It is inevitable.

However, where I am very angry with Jermey Hunt is that he is trying to impose this new way of working – without fully resourcing the other bits required to make the new term and conditions feasible and the aspiration achievable.

On the Andrew Marr show on Sunday 7th February Mr Hunt refused to say that Doctors were not responsible for the 11,000 deaths which are supposedly down to the “weekend effect”.

This made me so angry and the reason is – because it is a total LIE. 11,000 people are NOT dying because everyone packs up at 5pm on a Friday evening in the NHS. In fact, it would appear that Wednesay stands accused of being statistically the worst day to be in hospital. Do we avoid getting hit by a Larry on Wednesay the?

The truth is – you find trends in any data which may not accurately reflect the situation – certainly not to allow you to then base a concrete finding upon eg: if we look at those who died on Wednesay – you might find a majortiy white, male, under 6ft, with blonde hair and green eyes. However if you fit that description- and get hit by a car – you are not MORE likely to survive because it’s Tuesday! It will depend on a variety of other factors directly relating to that incident.

But Jeremy Hunt and the Government are trying to skew the statistics to create fear and get the public on their side. That is shameful and unforgivable.

When I think about how much MPs earn and the fact that as well as everything else the tax payer funds them for – just remember – at any point – MPs are getting pissed in the House Of Commons bar – or some other little function and you are subsiding it or paying wholly for it.

Instead of paying for MPs to get pissed – why isn’t that money used to get more Doctors, Nurses and other NHS specialists?

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World Cancer Day 2016

 

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Today is World Cancer Day #WorldCancerDay #WeCanICan

But the good news is that it’s not taking as many of us as 10 years ago…

THE proportion of us dying from cancer has dropped by almost 10% in a decade, a report reveals today.

The study, by Cancer Research UK, shows that in 2013, 284 out of every 100,000 people in the UK died from cancer.

Ten years ago, it was 312 in every 100,000.

The trend is due to improvements in detection, diagnosis and treatments.

A breakdown of the sexes shows men’s death rates have fallen by 12% in the decade, while the drop among women is 8%.

Lung, bowel, breast and prostate cancer cause almost half of all cancer deaths – 46% – in the UK. The combined death rate for these four fell 11% in the past decade.

However, death rates have risen by a huge 60% over the past 10 years for liver cancer and by 8% for pancreatic cancer.

Because people are living longer, the total number of cancer deaths has increased. There were 162,000 deaths from the disease in 2012, compared with 155,000 in 2002.

Around 80% of cancer deaths occur in people aged 65 and over and more than half occur in those aged 75 and older.

sittingbourne biker killed in fatal crash – witnesses wanted

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Police direct traffic after closing the A2 at Bapchild

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a 51 year old Sittingbourne male motorcyclist died on the A2 London Road in Bapchild on Sunday 6 September. Kent Police told SFM News that a blue and silver Suzuki motorbike was travelling along the A2 in the direction of Teynham when it was involved in a collision with a silver Volkswagen Jetta at the junction with Hempstead Lane just after 10am. Emergency services, including Kent Air Ambulance attended but the biker died at the scene.

The biker has been named as local man Andrew David Beaney.

In a tribute David’s family said:

‘He was a loving family man and a hard working father of four. Andrew was also a husband and a grandfather of four who loved his dog.

‘He loved both watching and playing football and he had many friends.  He will be sorely missed especially by his family and all who knew him.’

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Andrew David Beaney who died on 6th September

Appeal – can you help?

Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision, or who saw either the motorcycle or the car beforehand. The road remains closed in both directions.

Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit on 01622 798538 or by emailing sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.