Boris Johnson: The bearers of this epidemic were mainly young people – and the phenomenon was the county lines drug network Long before Covid we had a different type of plague in this country. It was a contagion that spread from the ports to the big cities, and then out along the road and the rail networks to sleepy county towns and coastal communities. The bearers of this epidemic were mainly young people – and the phenomenon was the county lines drug network. Everywhere they have gone, the county lines drug gangs have brought misery – drugs-fuelled robbery, drugs-fuelled burglary, and the tragic deaths of young kids on the street, sacrificed in the gang war for territory. When I stood on the steps of Downing Street , I vowed to do whatever it took to roll up those county lines networks and to defeat the gangsters – because crime hits the poorest hardest, and it wrecks the lives of the most vulnerable. If we are to succeed in levelling up across the UK, we must give … [Read more...] about BORIS JOHNSON: From pet thieves to drug gangs, we need to hammer down hard on criminals causing so much misery
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When Joe Biden boasted to world leaders last month that the US would halve its greenhouse emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels — urging his counterparts from countries like China and India to commit to stronger action — the US president left environmentalists unconvinced. The cuts are more ambitious than previous targets to burn less fossil fuel. But they will not stop the US from overshooting its fair share of the emissions that can be released to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement pledge to keep warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, and ideally 1.5C, according to independent research project Climate Action Tracker. This is a question of justice: The US has polluted the atmosphere more than any other economy on the planet and also has more money to deal with it. Factoring in those inequalities, Biden's pledge is "very close to or just within" the range of cuts needed to reach 2C, said Andreas Geiges, a researcher at Climate Analytics, which jointly runs the project. But it falls … [Read more...] about Climate justice: Do pledges ignore unequal emissions?
NEARLY one million burglaries have gone unsolved in the last five years with some cases being closed "within hours". The news has sparked fears cuts to neighbourhood policing budgets have left homeowners at the mercy of house breakers. Burglary is not regarded as a priority with some forces and an officer is not always sent out to investigate, reports the Telegraph . And if there is no CCTV or forensic evidence a case can sometimes be closed within a few hours. Data from the Lib Dems shows since October 2015, a total of 964,197 house burglary investigations ended without someone being brought to justice. In the 12 months to March 2016 the percentage of burglary reports that went unsolved across England and Wales was running at 79.6 per cent. However, it is reported by March 2020 that figure had shot up to 82.3 per cent. In the Metropolitan Police force area the figure rose from 87.8 per cent in March 2016 to 89.5 per cent in March 2020. In Surrey, it … [Read more...] about One million burglaries unsolved in five years as ‘cases closed in hours’ and homeowners ‘left at the mercy of criminals’
Israel is to hold a national day of mourning after at least 45 people were killed following a stampede at a religious festival. More than 100 others were hurt during the Lag B'Omer event at Mount Meron in northern Israel, where annual commemorations include all-night prayers and dancing. Four people remained in a critical condition on Friday afternoon, the country's health ministry said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the victims would be remembered across the country on Sunday. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Dozens of ambulances at stampede Chaotic scenes were captured on social media, showing men clambering through gaps in corrugated iron as they tried to escape the crush in the early hours of the morning. "Masses of people were pushed into the same corner and a vortex was created," witness Dvir told Army Radio. "I felt like I was about to die." Casualties included children, some of whom became separated from … [Read more...] about Israel stampede: National day of mourning after at least 45 killed at religious bonfire festival
Joe Exotic has sensationally claimed he is part of a "political kidnapping" in a brand new audio clip. The Tiger King star is currently serving 22 years in prison for the murder-for-hire plot of Carole Baskin as well as animal abuse charges. But he has labelled his sentence as "a black cloud" over the American justice system. The eccentric star pleaded for a presidential pardon while speaking from Fort Worth Medical Center in Texas where he is currently being detained. And he has announced his desire to fight for criminal justice reform while also slamming the US Attorney’s office and federal agents. The 58-year-old recorded his tirade for The Social Media Superstar Awards where his Netflix documentary won an award in the Entertainment Category. Joe's rant lasted three-long minutes and snippets will feature in the awards ceremony on Thursday. In it he excuses himself of any wrongdoing during the past two decades and thanks his worldwide fans who have stood by him … [Read more...] about Tiger King’s Joe Exotic demands release from prison after claiming he’s been ‘kidnapped’