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    • jphastings Wow! I sound so sarcastic :S Maybe next time I'll have had fewer drinks :D or more...
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    • nottspolice Music provided by YMCA Digital to support Represent, a new campaign by Nottinghamshire Police to educate young people about violence and the law.
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    • nottspolice A project to ‘design out’ crime was officially launched in a Nottinghamshire village on Friday (March 11). East Stoke is believed to be the first community in the country to have had security in all its homes upgraded and CCTV installed to cover the entire village. The project began two years ago and has now resulted in the community being awared Secured By Design status by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Secured by Design is a police initiative to encourage the building industry to adopt crime prevention measures in the design of developments to assist in reducing the opportunity for crime and the fear of crime, creating a safer and more secure environment. The project involved ensuring that doors and windows has effective locks, and that garden and shed security measures are also taken. Installation of security lighting and intruder alarms has also been included. The village’s CCTV and street lighting coverage have also been extended. Nottinghamshire Police has teamed up with the county council and the village’s Neighbourhood Watch group, led by resident Sid Davies, to develop the initiative, which also received National Lottery Funding. Assistant Chief Constable Ian Ackerley, who came up with the proposal for achieving SBD status, said: "We all like to feel our communities are becoming increasingly safer, and across Nottinghamshire crime is reducing at a faster rate than anywhere else in England and Wales. "Those reductions have been achieved by employing a plethora of different approaches which are appropriate to each of our communities. "What is happening in East Stoke is truly innovative, resulting from police and partner organisations listening to the community here and responding with a solution that has been talked about in Nottinghamshire for some time. "I’m delighted to say that this project is now complete, thanks in part to funding from Nottinghamshire County Council and the National Lottery, and that East Stoke is ready to become a trailblazer for improving community safety and, consequently, its residents’ quality of life. "I’d like to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of the residents of East Stoke, and in particular Sid Davies, who has been the driving force to develop this initiative. Their input has been inspirational and every bit as important as the work of the partner agencies involved. "For that alone, they deserve the greater peace of mind that this project will hopefully bring them." Listen to this boo to find out from Neighbourhood Watch chair Sid Davies, ACC Ian Ackerley and Architectural Liaison Officer Kevin Brown, how the project has developed. For more information about policing in Nottinghamshire visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk
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    • tom_geraghty [Full disclosure: I'm Berrys' IT Manager] I totally agree, and have done for years. We don't block any sites other than blatantly illegal or harmful stuff, and our culture means that people feel free to dip in and out of their various social networks, which, after today particularly, are going to be a huge benefit to the business. I know a lot of IT managers who insist on blocking social media, but I've never seen the point. If someone isn't doing any work, it's not the responsibility of IT to police them and take away their toys - it's their line manager who should step in. If someone in your business isn't working, and instead just sitting and staring out of the window, do you brick the window up, or ask them to do some work?
    • __loudmouthman hey Christian thanks for the name check so here is a few thoughts: IT departments are constantly being asked to "monitor" and "manage" staff productivity to such an extent that I wonder what roles departmental managers and team leaders have if the they constantly ask the IT department to supplement their Leadership and team management skills. In my mind it is a failure of managerial and team leader skills to create productive and effective teams if they resort to desktop control practices. The IT Department should not be responsible for the lack of skills in other employees or managers if should be focussed on ensuring availability of technical infrastructure and it can do this and still enable freedom of its users. The role of IT Security should be in controlling and monitoring external access coming into the network not internal access going out, to be fulfilling such a role is to be nothing more than a Digital Prison Guard and the employees are the inmates. I have been managing over 200 desktops in the last 10 years and have not had to implement such restrictions and still delivered uptime and network access. Again thanks for your comment.
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    • nottspolice Catch up with Nottinghamshire Police every week by tuning in to Cop Slot on Mansfield 103.2. The only radio show in the country presented by a serving Police Community Support Officer, Cop Slot gives you the chance to find out what your local officers are up to and give your opinion on policing. PCSO Gaynor Clements-Parker, who is based at Underwood, has presented the show for three months after taking over from Sgt Annie Wallis, whose stint in the hot seat lasted six years. Recent guests have included Chief Constable Julia Hodson, who talked about the force's success in reducing crime and the challenges for the coming year, Mansfield and Ashfield’s former Divisional Commander Chief Supt Simon Nickless talking about policing in the area and Sarah Smithurst, who co-ordinates Nottinghamshire's Crimestoppers appeals. To find out what you’ve been missing, tune in to Mansfield 103.2FM every Wednesday between 8pm and 9pm. For more policing news visit http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/nottspolice Become a fan on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/nottspolice
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    • nottspolice Assistant Chief Constable Paul Scarrott reflect on the last few nights when Nottinghamshire Police have been tackling outbreaks of violent disorder in and around the city. Visit our website at http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nottspolice
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    • nottspolice Hear Insp Al Pearson's warning to potential cannabis growers following a fire at a flat in Vale Road, Colwick, in the early hours of Wednesday 20 April, which was caused by a plug socket overloaded with hydroponic equipment used for growing cannabis plants. For more news from Nottinghamshire Police visit http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nottspolice Become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.como/nottspolice See our story on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/nottinghampolice
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    • nottspolice Nottinghamshire Police's Crimestoppers co-ordinator Sarah Smithurst has thanked the people of Nottinghamshire for their support in helping to fight crime and change lives in Ghana. Sarah visited the country in February to help set up a second branch of crime reporting scheme Crime Fighters, which is based on Crimestoppers in the UK. Sarah was called upon to give advice and support to introduce the scheme in Ghana, due to her long-standing work with Crimestoppers. Before her latest visit, Sarah appealed to the people of Nottinghamshire and further afield to donate items, such as toys, clothes, equipment and books, that could be given to a school and hospital. She also received donations of decommissioned equipment, such as stab vests and riot shields, from six police forces for donation to the Ghanaian Police Force. Arrangements for the items to be shipped to Ghana were made by National Police Aid Convoys, based at Mansfield. In this video, Sarah says thank you to those that have helped to really make a difference to people's lives in Ghana and presents some footage taken during the trip so people who have supported her appeal can see how their help has had an impact there. Special thanks to Richard Tempest-Mitchell, from Manor School, in Mansfield, who recorded much of the footage. Sarah is planning another trip to Ghana and is already appealing for more items to take with her. If you would like to donate any unwanted items, in good condition, contact Sarah on 0300 300 9999. For more news and appeals from Nottinghamshire Police, visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk To find out more about National Police Aid Convoys, visit www.npac.org.uk Follow Nottinghamshire Police on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nottspolice Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nottspolice
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    • nottspolice The mother of an eight-year-old girl who was abducted and assaulted by a man in Bulwell has made an emotional appeal for information. The woman has appealed directly to witnesses or anyone with information to come forward to help find the man who attacked her daughter. “In my heart I believe that someone out there knows what happened - I think they are just afraid to say who it is,” said the woman, who must remain anonymous to protect her daughter’s identity. The girl was playing outside in Commercial Road at around 6.30pm on Tuesday 23 November 2010 when she was approached by a man, who was in his late teens or early twenties. He led her away walking along Abercarn Close, Rock Street and Aldgate Close, to a secluded area in Pulley Park, where he carried out a serious assault. The girl was able to get away from her attacker and raised the alarm. She suffered severe bruising and is still struggling to come to terms with what happened. “She had really bad bruising and was sore for weeks on end. She wouldn’t let anybody go near her. The bruising has gone now but she is still not the same person she used to be,” said the mum. “She is still very upset, very moody and is not the happy-go-lucky child we once knew. Our lives have been turned upside down and we are not a normal, happy family anymore. “She is paranoid when she goes out to play and doesn’t go far. She’s not getting on in school either. “There are days when she’s okay but then there are days when she is snapping all the time. She’s shouting and slamming doors – I think it’s hit her really bad.” The woman added that following the attack, her daughter has difficulty trusting others. “She doesn’t trust anybody, particularly men. When she has a PE lesson in school, she goes into the toilets to get dressed away from the other children.” The mum said that she is also struggling to come to terms with what happened to her daughter. “It makes it worse that he’s still out there. When the children go out, I’m constantly worrying. Because I don’t know who the man is, I think he could approach my children again – I’m constantly on 24 hour watch. “In the day I try to cope as best I can but it’s at night-time that it hits me the most when I’m on my own – I’m constantly checking the doors are locked. “My children are afraid to go outside and I’m constantly ringing them asking where they are and what they are doing. I’m paranoid that something is going to happen to them.” She added that identifying the person responsible for the attack on her daughter would help her family deal with what happened. “I wish someone would go to the police and say something to help my daughter. I ask people to please come forward and give the information, no matter how little or large. “Finding the person who did this would mean we could relax knowing he’s not out there hurting somebody else. We could get on with our lives and start being a family again.” The victim told police officers that her attacker was white, under 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, and in either his late teens or early twenties. She said he was wearing a grey hooded top and grey tracksuit bottoms. The girl was wearing black jacket and pink trousers. Anyone with information should the dedicated incident room at St Ann’s Police Station on 0115 8445017 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. To see the CCTV of people the police want to speak to visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk or www.youtube.com/nottinghampolice