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Painting the Country Green

The Green Party now has more members than the Liberal Democrats, photo by Elly Greenway

As election discussions heat up in the run up to the seven-party TV debate, we met up with local Green Party candidate, Jonathan Elmer, to discuss, over a warming cup of Chapters tea, what a vote in the direction of his environment-focussed party will mean for our country.

So the Green Party now has more members than both the Liberal Democrats and UKIP, and its party membership has almost tripled in the last eighteen months. What do you think lies behind this increasing popularity?

I …

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1 comment | Tags: Jonathan Elmer, reregister, age structure, green belt, brownfield, carbon cycle, student loan, party leader, political scale, right wing, low carbon economy, steady state economy, reuse, sustainable growth, local candidate, natural resources, conservative, left wing, plants, school, graduates, General Election 2015, oxygen, renewable energy, Natalie Bennett, student accomodation, UKIP, carbon, survival, taxes, interview, Special Relationship, fossil fuels, Green Party, accommodation, colleges, ecosystem, tourism, Durham residents, Capitalism, crime, economy, drugs, vote, USA, tuition fees, students, students, renewable, politics, nuclear, monarchy, Liberal Democrats, Labour, green, environment, energy, Durham, drug addiction, democracy, climate change, cannabis

An Open Letter to Sarah Vine

Rape can no longer be swept under the rug and ignored.

Dear Sarah,

I really shouldn’t be surprised by the extraordinary amount of pleasure you seem to take in throwing women under the bus, should I? I mean, you do write for the Daily Mail, that kingdom of (internalised) misogyny. But come on, Sarah, are you honestly going to attack methods designed to improve the way we prosecute rape?

Really, Sarah?

Really?

On Friday, you used the latest in a long line of ill-informed rants to criticise new guidelines issued to prosecutors by Alison Saunders, the Director of Public …

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0 comments | Tags: feminism, rape, sarah vine, opinion, society, Daily Mail, human rights, crime

Exclusive: Bike thefts in Durham reach five year high

Durham Constabulary is urging people to register their cycles

More bike thefts were reported to police in County Durham last year than at any time for half a decade, according to figures seen exclusively by The Bubble.

1631 cycles were reported stolen in 2013, 289 more than in 2012.

1544 thefts were logged in 2011, 1308 in 2010, and 1516 in 2009.

The totals were released by Durham Constabulary after a freedom of information request.

Bike theft has been on the minds of local police recently after the Chief Constable, Mike Barton, had his £650 hybrid stolen.

It was recovered …

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0 comments | Tags: Durham Constabulary, police, crime, Durham

Durham Constabulary named ‘top performing police force’.

Durham Constabulary’s Durham Police Station

Durham Constabulary has been graded as the top performing police force in the country at tackling crime, showing just why Durham is among the safest university cities in the country.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC) first Annual Assessment of Policing in England and Wales, known as the PEEL Report, assessed each force in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. The evidence from inspections, together with the context within which forces operate, allowed HMIC to make an assessment of each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

Durham Constabulary is responsible for the …

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1 comment | Tags: Durham, police, Peel Report, assessment, top performing, crime, Durham Constabulary, Police and Crime Commissioner, report

Human Life Trumps Everything

Human life trumps everything, unless…

Human life trumps everything, according to a recent statement by St Louis county police chief, Jon Belmar. It’s a belief we hope all members of law enforcement share. We want to believe that fatal shootings by police officers are only ever an extreme last resort. We want our police officers to believe that human life trumps everything and to work wholeheartedly towards protecting and preserving it.

Yet events in Ferguson, Missouri, have shown us that Belmar’s declaration requires a quantifier: human life trumps everything, unless you’re a black boy gunned down by a …

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0 comments | Tags: shoplifting, police, opinion, racism, Injustice, Ferguson, crime, politics

Local cop’s latest weapon: a killer walking stick

Chief Insp Milne, who co-ordinated the amnesty, holds a walking stick capable of firing a round. It was supposedly used to kill dangerous snakes

A walking stick that can fire bullets, a pistol from World War One and a muzzle-loading shotgun are among Durham Constabulary’s most recent weapons acquisitions.

But thankfully they are not intended for police use, but were handed in by members of the public during a week-long amnesty in County Durham.

From 8 to 16 November, anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or replica gun at a police station was spared prosecution for illegal possession. The amnesty …

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0 comments | Tags: firearms, Durham Constabulary, guns, police, crime, Durham

Curlew Man Vs Phantom Rah, Part 1 of 3

A Durham Comic

A mysterious thieving rah is targeting Durham’s wealthy. Can a Yorkshire superhero with the powers of a curlew, a large wading bird of the sandpiper family, with a long down-curved bill, pick apart the mystery? Click centre of image for next panel, second part coming next week!

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0 comments | Tags: Curlew, crime, superhero, Durham, comics

Literary Inspirations: Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the best-known crime writer in the English language

For Agatha Christie to be given the title of ‘Queen of Mystery’ by the end of her career not only verifies her prowess as an author, but surely makes her worthy of being deemed a literary hero.

It would be fair to say that when discussing the crime and mystery genre, it is impossible to not mention Agatha Christie. Her name is intrinsically linked to the genre, and alongside the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, her style has become a paradigm for future authors writing detective novels. Selling …

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0 comments | Tags: Agatha Christie, Poirot, orient express, murder mystery, crime, thriller, Doctor Who, the secret adversary, n or m, evil under the sun, detective, inspiration, world-renowned, the murder of roger ackroyd, whodunnit

Criminology students to be lectured at Her Majesty’s pleasure

HMP Durham, located in Old Elvet

Durham students will be taught criminology classes alongside offenders at two top security County Durham prisons in an initiative starting today (Wednesday 29 October).

This is not a punishment for stealing library books or previous indiscretions at Klute, but Europe’s first prisoner exchange programme, taking place at HMP Durham and HMP Frankland.

Inspired by the ‘Inside-Out’ programme developed by Temple University in Philadelphia – which has taught over 20,000 students – the project aims to break down prejudices and provide ‘outside’ and ‘inside’ students with a unique opportunity to study together behind the prison …

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0 comments | Tags: social sciences, criminology, criminals, @HMP Frankland, HMP Durham, rehabilitation, Justice, Education & Welfare, crime, studying, students, prisoners, education, Durham University

Life should be life, no matter who you kill

Does murder become a lesser crime when the victim is not a police officer?

In the penultimate week of July the Daily Mail, in its typically calm and restrained manner, branded two former Met Commissioners as traitors to ‘police heroes’ for opposing changes to the way murderers of police officers are sentenced. The former commissioners, Lords Condon and Blair, had raised objections to the proposed Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. Currently in committee stage in the House of Lords, whereby peers can suggest amendments, the bill aims to raise the starting point for police murderers’ sentences to whole life. No …

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1 comment | Tags: Police Reform and Society Bill, politics, crime, prison, murder, dystopia
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