Category: Policing Crime

The Blind Beggar Pub

The Blind Beggar Pub

 

he Blind Beggar Pub Whitechapel London E1

The Blind Beggar Pub Whitechapel London E1

The Blind Beggar Pub is a famous East End Pub in Whitechapel, East London. Sadly many pubs are closing in London and England because of taxes and the fact that most people now prefer tp buy cheaper

Sadly many pubs are closing in London and England because of taxes and the fact that most people now prefer to buy cheaper alcoholic drinks in supermarkets and cut-price shops to drink at home. These closed pubs end up being demolished or converted by property developers into apartments and flats. Such is the building boom in London that  houses & former commercial property are now being turned into apartments to make a quick profit on sale or rental. We have lost three local pubs each over 100 years old to such in the last few years.

These closed pubs end up being demolished or converted by property developers into apartments and flats. Such is the building boom in London that  houses & former commercial property are now being turned into apartments to make a quick profit on sale or rental. We have lost three local pubs, each over 100 years old, to such in the last few years.

Numerous history and convivial social meeting places are now disappearing from the London landscape and culture.

The Blind Beggar was built in 1894 on the site of an Inn dating from 1654.

Notable events in its history include where William Booth preached his first open air  sermon then forming a Mission that led to the founding of The Salvation Army.

The first modern Brown Ale ( my first beer when a teenager) was brewed and sold in the pub which was then part of Manns brewery.

The pub’s name is linked to a popular legend concerning a local connection with a knight, who was the son of the famous Simon de Montfort , an Earl, who rebelled against King Henry III in the 13th century.

His son Henry de Montfort,  lived in a grand manor house in the area. One story  of the legend  is that de Montfort was wounded and blinded at the Battle of Evesham and was left wandering and with no memory.  He became  a beggar. He was found by a nobleman’s daughter, who married him. Their child, Besse, could not find a husband as her father had no status, as he was the blind beggar of Bethnal Green. At that time, a woman needed a sizeable dowry to be able to marry a suitable husband.  Marriage was a way of bringing wealth and prestige to a union of families.high-classNoblemen,

Noblemen, merchants, and  knights courted her but when they found out that there was no dowry they all left, except for a lone Knight, who was not concerned about a dowry and loved Besse as she was; as herself.

This union was blessed when Besse’s father revealed that far from being the poor beggar, he was a rich nobleman and so rewarded the Knight.  As Shakespeare would have said: “All’s well that ends well” 🙂

Now, what captured my imagination to the Blind Beggar many years ago, is my interest in major historical crime cases of London.

In March 1966, a murder took place in the Blind Beggar, which later became part of London crime legend.

Ronnie Kray, the twin brother of Reggie, the notorious, infamous and any other ..’ous’!  Kray Twins  walked into the pub and calmly took out a pistol and shot and killed another criminal, George Cornell, in front of a few witnesses.

The Kray Twins

The Kray Twins (Reggie & Ronnie (front)

Ronnie Kray had a long-standing score to settle with Cornell, who was apparently as ruthless as the Krays, but who was nowhere in their league.

Such was Krays power & influence in the 1960s London’s criminal underworld, many involved  kept quiet about the Twins activities for years before they were arrested and sentenced to 25-30 years in prison.

There have been many books about the Krays & by the Krays too, which are interesting to read, if one is interested in major crimes.

Two movies have been made about the Krays too.

They are truly legends in the criminal history of London.

It appears from current on-line reviews  that the Blind Beggar today is a shadow of its former standing as a popular east end pub.

I hope the pub remains as a pub for many years to come as London cannot keep affording to lose such culturally important pubs.

Dark Side of Cyberworld

Baby Monitor

Baby Monitor

Baby monitor is a device that is a godsend especially for new parents, who after a long day need to chill for a bit and have a downtime somewhere where they can be alone with their thoughts.

A baby monitor can allow you that break. This little device is very reassuring as it permits one to know how the baby is doing, even when one is in another room, downstairs or upstairs. Its twin monitor can he handheld and therefore portable. You can bring it with you anywhere and everywhere in the house including during a loo break. They are really parents’ best friend, or so I thought, until I saw a new crime drama called CSI: Cyber a few weeks ago.

The first episode of the show was about a family whose new baby was abducted, taken from the crib late one night. The parents heard some noises from the house, they immediately rushed into their baby’s room only to find that the crib was empty, weirdly, they heard a faint bidding voices still coming out from their baby monitor.

It turned out their baby monitor has been hijacked. Cyberscums have been conducting bidding wars from all over the world. The babies who were popular with bidders were targeted for kidnapping and  then sold.

I thought this scenario was rather farfetched but it turned out a version of it is actually happening now. Not the kidnapping, as far as I am aware but voyeurism is.  They are watching you where there is a baby monitor.  Below is a link for further information regarding the above.

http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com

Apparently even the UK has been attacked, videos of offices, houses, baby nurseries, gyms, etc had been downloaded into Russian websites. Apparently, the Russian websites downloaded the materials to find out how easy it was to do.  They found out it was a doddle.

Their advice was to ensure that as soon as you activate and connect a baby monitor into wifi/internet,  change the default password! (And not to 1234 either!) LOL

Take care of your precious bundle.

Janet Napoles Sentenced to 20 -40 Years

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Janet Napoles Sentenced to 20 -40 Years

Janet Napoles has been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt.  She was sentenced with the penalty of reclusion perpetua (permanent imprisonment) which means she will serve 20 to 40 years at the Women’s Correctional  Jail in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.

But wait, Janet is not being permanently incarcerated for the pork barrel scam.  Her sentence was for the  serious illegal detention of her nephew and employee, Benhur Luy.  She kept Luy a prisoner, under lock and key, for three months at her condominium unit, because she suspected that he was defrauding her of her fraudulently transacted pork barrel.  😉

It was when Luy was rescued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on 22 March 2013, that all hell broke loose as far as the scamming scandal of the pork barrel was concerned.  Luy spilled the beans of what was truly going on which resulted in some arrests and prison detentions of three of the most influential senators in the Philippine politics.  They are the old man, Juan Ponce Enrile, sexy (I don’t see it) Jinggoy Estrada and handsome (not bad, 🙂 I suppose) Bongbong Revilla.

I hope that this is only the start for Janet Napoles to atone for her many and expensive crimes.

I also hope that this is not a way of sweeping under the carpet, the other more serious matters of the P10billion (£151,716,105.30 British Pound Sterling or $224,997,200.00 US Dollar)pork barrel scam.  I fervently hope that there are no people working behind the scene, active in their machination in ensuring that the pork barrel scam is buried and forgotten and all the people involved will live happily ever after in their heavenly mansions.

NO WAY!

Policing and Toilets in Boris’ London!

Policing in Barnet is atrociously inadequate!

I knew it.  I was not just imagining things!  There are no patrolling police in Barnet anymore (and it there are, they are the invisible kind!)

BECAUSE, they are otherwise engaged elsewhere!!!

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Boris Johnson

I think, it is time for Boris to step down!  We need police not another celebration in the city, which we from the suburb do not really get to see, feel, enjoy.  I feel that Boris’ London is mainly in Westminster and surroundings and yet we pay for the upkeep of the whole of London.

Come to think of it, it is most unfair for Londoners to pay £0.50p to use toilets in the city.  I was bursting when we where at the Tower Hill and all the toilets charged £0.50 per go.  Don’t we pay enough in council tax to be able to wee freely in the city? 🙁

Using the toilet is a necessity and charging for it is an abomination to rights and health of human beings! 😉

Boris, know and sort your priorities!

Below is an article regarding police absence in Barnet which prove my observation which I previously blogged!!!

 

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Labour election hopeful raps “fewer police on Barnet’s streets.”

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Andrew Dismore

Andrew Dismore


BOBBIES were taken off their regular
neighbourhood beat in Barnet to help
with policing elsewhere on more than
2,000 shifts between April and September,
reducing their visibility on the streets
of the borough, it has been claimed.

The details were revealed in a written
answer from mayor Boris Johnson,
who is responsible for police to the
London Assembly.

Assembly member Andrew Dismore,
who is Labour’s prospective parliamentary
candidate for Hendon, said he was
concerned that at least 22 police officers
were missing at least one shift a week
from their normal duties in Barnet.

According to the London mayor,
police carried out 2,254 shifts outside
Barnet on 114 different occasions. Mr
Johnson’s reply also said that police
could be “abstracted”, used to offer
“aid” within their borough for duties
such as sporting and cultural events and
policing operations.

They could also be used for policing
large-scale demonstrations, festivities
and one-off events.

Mr Dismore said: “This means that on
average Barnet has lost no fewer than 87
officer shifts per month, or 22 officers
missing at least one shift per week from
their normal work.”

He said that Barnet had lost 50 police
officers since May 2010, when there
were 595 officers, with a drop of 91
police and community support officers,
down from 177 to 86.

He said: “The Met needs to look at
its policy of abstraction in boroughs
which are overcommitted and not
have abstractions. Instead of being visible on the beat, the eyes and ears of the Met, providing reassurance and deterrence, officers are in cars, running
around to meet demanding schedules,
trying to plug gaps.

“With so few officers on the beat, no
wonder residents are always complaining
to me that they don’t see officers on
the beat anymore.”

Chief Inspector Dave Lobb said officers
had been involved in the inquiry
into the murder of Alice Gross in west
London and in policing the Notting Hill
Carnival every year.

He added that every borough provided
officers for London-wide operations
and allowance is made for that.

However, he said, police were always
pushing for more numbers.

All content © of North London Press unless stated otherwise.

 

Where are the Police?

British policeHave you noticed?

I have not seen a policeman patrolling lately!

Where are the Police?

Usually you see them walking about everywhere but I have not seen any police officer anywhere?  Where are they?  This is rather disturbing for me because apparently our road is the most burgled in Barnet, well next to Golders Green.

The absence of police presence (lol) has not something to do with digital policing, has it?  Are we policed through Big Brother? 🙂

Or more confusing, have the police developed a form of Minority Report kind of policing?  They know that a crime will occur before it actually happens?!!!

Sounds stupid, I know!  But it makes me wonder! hahaha

Last  September of this year, we received a letter from the police from Colindale station asking for help as witness to a burglary that apparently will occur on our road on 27 September 2014.    The letter was dated a week before the burglary. IT HAD NOT HAPPENED YET!

I assumed this was a typo error regarding dating the letter but what if it was not?  What if the Met Police employs psychics instead of real police? hehehe  Great conspiracy, huh! LMAO!

Afterall they are selling and closing police stations.  Even the Iconic New Scotland Yard building is for sale.

Probably they don’t need the buildings because police are becoming irrelevant in favour of psychics and the likely installation of a tower system over London powered with super computers, which utilise predictive softwares.  Very high tech!  So crime will not now happen because it can be prevented!  Brilliant!

Update on the sale of the New Scotland Yard.  Apparently there are hundreds of bidders to the building.  I wonder what would become of the building?  It could become a casino, a brothel, a harem, a Russian Mafia HQ, a Triad HQ, anything really!  It is up to the successful buyer’s prerogative!

Good isn’t it? 🙁  What would Sir Robert Peel say about that?  I bet he is turning on his grave!