Sunday, October 22, 2017

UK: Claims Gunman Has Taken Hostages at Bowling Alley in Nuneaton

Warwickshire Police are dealing an “ongoing incident” at Bermuda Park, Nuneaton.

Eyewitnesses report that a man with a sawn-off shotgun has taken hostages at a bowling alley in the retail park, which also contains a cinema, restaurant, and children’s soft play area, but police have yet to confirm this. They have advised people to avoid the area.
Officers are currently dealing with an ongoing incident at Bermuda Park, . Please avoid the area.
No description of the alleged gunman has been issued, nor any details of any demands or suspected intentions. Some parts of the retail park are on lockdown, some parts have been — at least partially — evacuated.

Footage uploaded to social media and rebroadcast by Sky News shows a significant police presence around the park, with bystanders reporting armed officers and a police helicopter on the scene.

UK Police Slammed for ‘Propaganda’ Video Promoting Islam

British police have been slammed for using public resources to produce a 12-minute video promoting Islam in the UK.

“Muslims have a long, shared history with Britain. It stretches back over a thousand years,” claims Hafez Abdusammad Mulla of the Al-Imdaad Foundation at the opening of the “educational” film.
Released by Lincolnshire Police on YouTube for Hate Crime Awareness Week, the video is ostensibly designed to fight “hate crime” and seeks to show Islam and Islamic culture in an attractive light.
“Islam is all about virtues and values of charity, doing noble deeds, helping those less fortunate than you,” claims Mac Chishty, a police commander for “community engagement” with London’s Metropolitan Police.
Members of the public took to social media to question why the force is using taxpayers’ money to proselytize for Islam, asking if police will also be promoting other religions and ideologies.
“Perhaps your officers could tour schools, telling pupils about the wonderful work that the Church does all year, every year, and how hard its members work for their communities? And then you can do the same for the Jews, the Sikhs, and everybody else,” suggestedPenny Bunn on Facebook.
“I’d like to know how much this propaganda piece cost to produce,” added Nicholas Street.
“[The police are] always pleading poverty when it comes to actually policing the streets and reducing crime but seem to have money to promote Islam.”
An Office for National Statistics (ONS) bulletin reported this week revealed a 13 per cent increase in recorded crime in the year ending June 2017, with the total number of offences surpassing five million for the first time a decade.
The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Bill Skelly, admitted on the same day as the video’s release that they are facing a “serious challenge” over funding as figures show a double-digit rise in violent crimes in the area.
Reports in the Daily Mail this weekend suggest some UK forces are so short of cash that some Remembrance Day parades might be cancelled this year, because the police can’t afford to meet health and safety standards.
Despite cutbacks and surging levels of crime, Lincolnshire Police defended the video and hit out its critics. Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor told the Lincolnite: “I am really disappointed in some of these comments.
“I am very committed to reducing hate crime and what we aimed to do, during hate crime awareness week, is to show a different side to Islam and tackle misconceptions and myths.
“A person who is Muslim can also be a British citizen, entitled to the same respect and protection of the law as everyone else.

“Our job is to engage with communities and this video is a method of overcoming barriers to getting information across.”

Weinsteingate Comes to Brussels: EU Parliament ‘An Absolute Hotbed of Sexual Harassment’

An investigation has revealed that the European Parliament is a “hotbed of sexual harassment”, where senior MEPs who “feel they can do whatever they want” prey on young women.

The Sunday Times reports speaking to over a dozen junior staffers — professional, multilingual women, some educated at the College of Europe which trains people to work for the European Union’s permanent bureaucracy — who suffered the unwanted attentions of older, often married European politicians.
Some of the allegations levelled are very serious, with at least one MEP accused of masturbating in front of a young aide.
One woman described how a prominent MEP of almost 60 with a wife and two children cornered her in a lift, where he began touching her and whispering lewd remarks.
“He was stroking my hair, then my neck, going down my back … I just froze, I was petrified,” she said.
“I told my colleague, who said I should report him, but in the end I didn’t … I was afraid of losing my job, of facing the embarrassment and ruining my career.”
This was a common theme among the alleged victims, who all asked to remain anonymous and for their alleged abusers to remain nameless too — fearing retaliation.

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One politician the newspaper did name was Yves Cochet, the 71-year-old former French environment minister and Green Party MEP.
Journalists said they saw text messages the septuagenarian lothario had sent to the 25-year-old assistant of another MEP, saying he wanted to share her “passions, dreams and fantasies” and admonishing her for declining an invitation to dinner.
“I know it’s a cliché, an old man asking out a pretty young woman. But are you afraid of what people will say … do you maybe tremble with a delicious yet disconcerting expectation?”
Another 24-year-old assistant — a qualified lawyer — told the newspaper how a leading MEP from Germany “stalked” her in meetings and, finally, made “unpleasant advances” on her.
“He stretched out his hand to block my way as I was leaving the conference room, touching my chest, and started talking to me, giving me compliments on my appearance,” she said.
“It’s a question of power: my first reaction was to think whether I was wearing something provocative for him to behave like that. MEPs feel powerful because they can fire assistants whenever they like, and they are almost entirely outside the media spotlight … they feel they can do whatever they want.”

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This is not the first time the European Union’s leading men have been accused of behaving inappropriately.
Last year, Polish MP Krystyna Pawłowicz charged Jean-Claude Juncker — the former MEP who currently holds the presidency of the unelected European Commission — with “particularly distasteful” behaviour towards women “who were certainly too polite to ask you to take a rest” at an audience with Pope Francis.
The law lecturer also accused the eurocrat with “obvious alcohol dependency”, and said his actions discredited the EU as a collective entity.