'Random news articles that don't warrant their own threads' thread. Page 307

  • Steve-Perry 30 Apr 2020 16:15:48 1,296 posts
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    To be fair, you can google half the places in the country and you'll get similar results.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 30 Apr 2020 16:16:41 24,907 posts
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    I see.
  • Jono62 30 Apr 2020 16:18:02 25,031 posts
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    Can you google to see if you have a brain?
  • JamboWayOh 30 Apr 2020 16:24:37 19,305 posts
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    /Googles Toxteth...
  • 2dividedby0 7 May 2020 14:35:19 201 posts
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    Just another day in Smethwick. The Bronx of Britain.

    Boy, 16, in hospital after 'machete' attack in Smethwick
    A 16-year-old boy is in hospital after being attacked with what is believed to be a machete in Smethwic. There were also reports of gunshots being fired.

    Police are looking for six men in connection with attack. Two of them fled the scene in a car, officers say.

    The boy's bag and mobile phone were also stolen in the attack.

    West Midlands Police say the victim's injuries are not thought to be life threatening or life changing.

    It marks the third knife-related incident Smethwick in 10 days.
  • 2dividedby0 7 May 2020 14:46:00 201 posts
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    Another day, another death in Smethwick

    Murder investigation launched as man dies two weeks after Smethwick attack

    A murder investigation has been launched after a man died two weeks after being found with serious head injuries in Smethwick.

    Jagdev Lally was rushed to hospital after a passer-by found him collapsed off the High Street on April 14.

    The 38-year-old, of no fixed address, had suffered significant head and facial injuries, which police say are consistent with being attacked and died on Friday.

    Ashley Pace was previously charged with wounding and the 34-year-old, also of no fixed address, was remanded in custody to appear before Wolverhampton Crown Court on May 25.

    This charge is now being reviewed.

    Detective Inspector Jackie Nicholson said: "Mr Lally was sadly unable to survive his injuries and this is now a murder investigation.

    "He was discovered near the Tollgate Shopping Centre at around 9am on April 14, and we're still keen to hear from anyone who was in and around the area earlier that morning and may have information which can help us."

    The attack happened just over a week before two other violent incidents saw Karl Gallagher was stabbed to death in the town and a second man attacked with a machete at a petrol station.

    Anyone with information can get in touch via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk
  • JamboWayOh 7 May 2020 14:51:10 19,305 posts
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    What the fuck is wrong with you?
  • challenge_hanukkah 7 May 2020 15:11:14 12,727 posts
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    He's the mayor of Smethwick and is starting to empathise with Sadiq Khan.
  • X201 7 May 2020 15:11:21 20,688 posts
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    Why the obsession with Smethwick?

    Murders happen all over the country, Southampton, Stirling, Saffron Walden, Stoke, Southend

    It even happens in places that don't begin with S
  • smoothpete 7 May 2020 15:59:42 36,896 posts
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    Pretty sure he's the guy doing the murderin'
  • 2dividedby0 8 May 2020 07:15:16 201 posts
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    (from 2019) There is little hope for Smethwick.
    Smethwick Headteacher and School Secretary jailed over £500k school fraud.

    A corrupt headteacher, who was the "lynch pin" of a massive fraud that cost the school she ran in a deprived area over £500,000, has been jailed for five and a half years.

    Michelle Hollingsworth systematically syphoned off cash from Annie Lennard Primary in The Oval, Smethwick, for five years helped by her school secretary Deborah Jones who was sent to prison for four years three months.

    The 55-year-old headteacher's builder husband Joseph, aged 58, was imprisoned for a year for his part in the racket and an attempt by him to pervert the course of justice.




    The two women fraudsters made 180 visits to boutique stores, some as far away as Cheshire, on shopping sprees funded by cheques from the school and plundered more of its money in kick-back deals during which tradesmen were paid for work that was either overpriced or invented and shared the profit with one or both women.

    Mrs Hollingsworth, from Hatherton Park, Cannock, was responsible for the school losing at least £513,000 while Jones, of Barrs Road, Cradley Heath, was involved in at least £439,000 of the loss.

    Judge Simon Ward, sitting at Wolverhampton Crown Court, told the shamed head teacher: "You had great responsibility at the school, were in a position of great trust in charge of the finances to ensure best value for the school.

    "It wasn't your money and it had to be spent wisely not generously on yourself."

    The judge continued: "These series of conspiracies would not have existed without you. You abused your position of power, trust and responsibility to become the lynch pin for all this offending.

    "You amassed a small network of people who each became involved in your dishonest scheme.

    "As a result the school is having to rebuild itself, not with bricks and mortar but with different financial procedures and other changes to raise moral from its parlous state caused by the two people running the school turning out to be criminals."
  • IRWATWO 8 May 2020 07:48:24 702 posts
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    "Police are looking for six men in connection with attack. Two of them fled the scene in a car, officers say."

    Sounds like the other 4 are still there. I bet the police haven't checked, they aren't too bright usually.
  • Trowel 9 May 2020 10:34:11 23,398 posts
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    Real life Lord of the Flies, from 1966:

    https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/09/the-real-lord-of-the-flies-what-happened-when-six-boys-were-shipwrecked-for-15-months

    “I’ve got six kids here,” he told the operator. “Stand by,” came the response. Twenty minutes ticked by. (As Peter tells this part of the story, he gets a little misty-eyed.) Finally, a very tearful operator came on the radio, and said: “You found them! These boys have been given up for dead. Funerals have been held. If it’s them, this is a miracle!”
  • Dougs 9 May 2020 12:24:59 94,062 posts
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    That is incredible
  • neilka 10 May 2020 04:27:12 23,341 posts
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    Dorset knob-eating contest held online amid lockdown

    "Contestants have a minute to finish off as many knobs as they can manage."
  • Saul_Iscariot 10 May 2020 04:53:20 3,716 posts
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    @Trowel That was a great read, but was the island that the boys were stranded on in Smethwick?
  • mothercruncher 11 May 2020 17:50:08 17,734 posts
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    Hmm, Anne Sarcoolas has had an Interpol Red Notice issued against her, not an international arrest warrant but is “... a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.”
    Sounds like some wiggle room then, and possibly, as it’s a request, the US is free to totally ignore.

    https://www.interpol.int/How-we-work/Notices/Red-Notices
  • challenge_hanukkah 11 May 2020 19:01:38 12,727 posts
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    Is she hiding out in Smethwick?
  • JamboWayOh 11 May 2020 19:12:15 19,305 posts
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    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/11/bbc-reporter-racially-abused-while-reporting-on-covid-19-in-leicester

    Good to see that Britain is still keeping traditions alive in these strange, difficult times.
  • anephric 11 May 2020 19:30:29 3,998 posts
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    Being racist against Asians in Leicester would seem to be prime Darwin Award territory.
  • anephric 11 May 2020 19:31:26 3,998 posts
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    British Asians, I should say.
  • anephric 11 May 2020 19:32:29 3,998 posts
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    Quite.
  • fontgeeksogood 11 May 2020 21:54:40 9,690 posts
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    At least it isn't the Bronx of Britain

    Edited by fontgeeksogood at 21:54:49 11-05-2020
  • JamboWayOh 11 May 2020 22:33:20 19,305 posts
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    Fucking Smethwick.
  • Jono62 11 May 2020 23:45:45 25,031 posts
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    I NEED my Smethwick news

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/watch-man-boiler-suit-mask-18203785
  • Salaman 12 May 2020 08:54:00 23,826 posts
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    JamboWayOh wrote:
    challenge_hanukkah wrote:
    We live in very exciting times.

    https://www.lep.co.uk/news/politics/plans-turn-former-fulwood-bike-shop-takeaway-2542425
    Fake news.
    We have a restaurant in a still open bike shop nearby.
    Lovely ribs! Some nice bikes. I just wouldn't want to buy a helmet there because they must reek something fierce inside.
  • X201 12 May 2020 12:32:50 20,688 posts
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    JamboWayOh wrote:
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/11/bbc-reporter-racially-abused-while-reporting-on-covid-19-in-leicester

    Good to see that Britain is still keeping traditions alive in these strange, difficult times.
    Arrested and charged.
    Denies it.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-52629255

    Edited by X201 at 12:33:03 12-05-2020
  • JamboWayOh 12 May 2020 12:37:02 19,305 posts
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    X201 wrote:
    JamboWayOh wrote:
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/11/bbc-reporter-racially-abused-while-reporting-on-covid-19-in-leicester

    Good to see that Britain is still keeping traditions alive in these strange, difficult times.
    Arrested and charged.
    Denies it.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-52629255
    There's nothing worse than a racist who won't stand by their beliefs.
  • Trowel 12 May 2020 13:17:41 23,398 posts
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    JamboWayOh wrote:
    X201 wrote:
    JamboWayOh wrote:
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/11/bbc-reporter-racially-abused-while-reporting-on-covid-19-in-leicester

    Good to see that Britain is still keeping traditions alive in these strange, difficult times.
    Arrested and charged.
    Denies it.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-52629255
    There's nothing worse than a racist who won't stand by their beliefs.
    Related, the BBC story about Gina Miller meeting one of her trolls was interesting, albeit edited too short to really understand the reasons and the outcome:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-52488074/activist-gina-miller-meets-troll-who-sent-her-abusive-messages-what-happens-next
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