MPs have shied away from banning the use of Taser stun guns in psychiatric wards.The ban was proposed by the human rights campaign group Black Mental Health UK, and taken on by the Liberal Democrat MP and former care services minister Norman Lamb.Lamb proposed an amendment to the government’s policing and crime bill, which would have banned police officers from using electroshock weapons on psychiatric wards.He said he wanted to prompt a debate about the use of such weapons, which although they were described as “non-lethal”, have been linked to almost 10 deaths in the past 10 years.Lamb (pictured speaking in the debate) told fellow MPs, during the bill’s report stage: “I am delighted that the home secretary herself has said: ‘I have been hearing stories, for example, of Tasers having been used in mental health wards and you think, ‘Hang on a minute, what is happening here?’’He added: “That is what we should all be doing: we should be questioning whether that is appropriate.”Labour MP Kevan Jones backed Lamb’s amendment and said: “I can envisage no circumstances in which it would be necessary to use a Taser on a mental health ward.”The Conservative MP Charles Walker proposed his own amendment, which would mean that a police force would have to notify the home secretary within a week if it used a Taser on a psychiatric ward.He said: “[Norman Lamb] will argue, with great justification and passion, that Tasers should never be used on mental health wards.“My heart is with him, but my head says that there may be some highly-charged situations where a Taser needs to be used.”Walker also proposed an amendment which would mean that the home secretary would have to be notified within a week if police officers were deployed on a psychiatric ward.Walker said: “I know that Black Mental Health UK never wants to see police officers used on mental health wards, and I share that view, but there will always be occasions where that possibility remains.“When police are deployed on mental health wards, that information needs to be made available immediately.”The policing minister, Mike Penning, said: “As [Charles Walker] said earlier, my heart tells me that the use of a Taser within a secure mental health facility must be wrong, but my brain and my experience tell me that in exceptional circumstances – it must not be the norm – it could happen.”He added: “I understand the risks that [Norman Lamb] alluded to, but Tasers have saved lives.”Penning said that ministers would work with MPs to improve the recording and reporting of incidents involving police officers and Tasers on psychiatric wards, which he suggested would be a role for police and crime commissioners (PCCs).He said: “If we believe in and are aiming for localism, PCCs should know what is going on in their part of the world, and that information should be made available to the public and not left opaque.”None of the three amendments proposed by Lamb and Walker have been added to the bill, which will now be considered by the House of Lords.Matilda MacAttram, director of Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK), criticised Penning’s response to Lamb’s amendment.She said: “Police weaponry has no place in a clinical mental health setting.“Tasers were originally introduced as an alternative to guns, so that police officers had what is described as a ‘less lethal’ option available to them.“During the ongoing expansion of Tasers to frontline officers, mental health providers have drawn up clinical policy on their use in hospitals.“Tasering patients on locked psychiatric wards raises serious human rights concerns.“The United Nations (UN) Committee Against Torture (CAT) has stated that Taser X26 weapons provoke extreme pain, and constitute a form of torture.“There is little point in the UK being a signatory to UN treaties like the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, if the protections that they afford are not extended to the most vulnerable in our society. “Minister Mike Penning’s response to the amendment Norman Lamb MP tabled for BMH UK for the ban of Tasers is not acceptable.“You do not monitor human rights abuses – you stop them, and as such the use of Tasers or the new phase of conductive electrical devices (CEDs), which will be introduced shortly, need to be banned in clinical mental health settings.”
A petition calling for an inquiry into deaths linked to the actions of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has secured the support of more than 20,000 people in less than two weeks.By thismorning (Thursday), more than 22,000 people had signed the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, more than a fifth of the way to thetarget of 100,000 which should ensure it is debated in the House of Commons.The LiberalDemocrats added their support this week, with their disabled president,Baroness [Sal] Brinton, signing the petition and confirming that she backedeach of its key demands, following similar support last week from theGreen party.But there isstill a lingering question over the commitment of the Labour party to thepetition.Despitebacking it on Twitter, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha deCordova, has yet to make a statement on its demands, 10 days after DisabilityNews Service first asked her to comment.The petitionwants to see any evidence of criminal misconduct by ministers or civil servantsthat is produced by the inquiry to be passed to police.It alsocalls for MPs to recognise DWP as “institutionally disablist and not fit forpurpose”, and to push DWP to introduce urgent changes to make the safety of allclaimants a priority.Jodey Whiting,who had a long history of mental distress, had her out-of-work disabilitybenefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment when she wasseriously ill, and took her own life just 15 days later.DWP failedfive times to follow its own safeguarding rules in the weeks leading up to hersuicide in February 2017, an independent investigation foundlast month.BaronessBrinton said: “What happened to Jodey Whiting was incredibly tragic and shouldnever have happened.“However, weare continually hearing of other worrying tales of how disabled people arebeing treated by the Department for Work and Pensions and we must see actiontaken by the Conservatives to guarantee wholescale reform of the system. “They mustact to ensure that a tragedy such as Jodey’s never happens again.”Meanwhile, freshevidence has emerged this week that DWP is not fit purpose.A report from the Demos think tank has concluded that disabled people havelost all faith in DWP, with only 19 per cent trusting jobcentre staff to treatthem fairly.And a report by the National Audit Office(NAO) concludedtoday (Thursday) that DWP still has “limited evidence of what works when itcomes to supporting disabled people to work”.Christine Jardine, DWP spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, said theNAO findings “simply addto the mounting stack of evidence showing that the DWP is not fit for purpose”while de Cordova said the government had “bitterly failed to support disabledpeople into employment”.
SAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Saturday’s trip to Leeds Rhinos.Gary Wheeler returns to the side after successfully coming through the Reserves’ win over Quins last week.Although named in the squad, Tony Puletua and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook are both serious doubts for the match.Shaun Magennis and Andrew Dixon are therefore on stand-by.Royce Simmons’ 19-man squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell.Brian McDermott, Leeds’ Head Coach, will choose from:1. Brent Webb, 2. Lee Smith, 4. Keith Senior, 5. Ryan Hall, 7. Rob Burrow, 9. Danny Buderus, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 14. Ali Lauitiiti, 15. Ben Cross, 17. Ian Kirke, 18. Luke Burgess, 19. Kallum Watkins, 20, Weller Hauraki, 21. Chris Clarkson, 22. Jay Pitts, 24. Paul McShane, **. Zak Hardaker.The match kicks off at 5.45pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Official Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in to Wish FM on 102.4 FM, DAB or by clicking here.Stats:Last ten meetings:Leeds 32 St Helens 28 (CCSF, 7/8/10)(at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Leeds 28 St Helens 24 (SLR20, 3/7/10)St Helens 41 Leeds 20 (SLR12, 24/4/10)Leeds 18 St Helens 10 (SLGF, 10/10/09)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)Leeds 18 St Helens 10 (SLR26, 4/9/09)Leeds 18 St Helens 22 (CCR4, 5/4/09)St Helens 26 Leeds 18 (SLR6, 20/3/09)Leeds 24 St Helens 16 (SLGF, 4/10/08)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 38 Leeds 10 (SLQSF, 19/9/08)Leeds 16 St Helens 26 (CCSF, 26/7/08)(at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Super League summary:Leeds won 22 (includes wins in 2007, 2008 and 2009 Grand Finals; 1998 and 2005 play-offs)St Helens won 23 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)
Matchday prices are:£22 for Adults£15 for Concessions*£12 for Juniors 16 and Under.* Concessions are Senior over 65, Students and Under 21s. Proof of Concession may be requested.The Away Clubs are allocated in the Western Terrace but upgrades to the seated areas are available via our Transfer Windows which are next to the club shop and are priced at:£3 for Paddock seating£7 for Main Stand and Carnegie Wing seating£10 for Carnegie Centre seatingEach of these areas are subject to availability on match night.Ticket CollectionsThe Ticket Collection Point is located on St. Michaels Lane. Tickets can be collected from 5pm. Before this time all collections are via the Club Shop.Entry into the Stadium on Match NightTurnstiles open three hours prior to kick off and away fans can use the St Michaels Lane and Kirkstall Lane turnstiles.Yorkshire CricketYorkshire Cricket 4 Day/Night match against Surrey. (4th Day)As well as the Rhinos v Saints game, anyone who arrives early will be able to watch the Day/Night cricket match between Yorkshire Cricket and Surrey. Rugby Fans can watch the cricket from the Main Stand cricket side when they arrive before kick-off for the Rugby.The cricket is due to start at 2pm and finish at 9pm. This is subject to both the weather and the score.Match Day Programmes Programmes are priced at £3.Programme sellers are located around the ground. You can also purchase them from the Club Shop or Ticket Office.Match Day ParkingUnfortunately, we are unable to offer car parking to the general public on site on match days. Street parking is available around the stadium, however, please be aware that some of the streets are permit holders only.Disabled ParkingWe have a limited amount of disabled parking available in advance of the game but this is subject to availabilityCoach ParkingAll coach parking is available on St Michaels Lane (near the allotments, there is no access via the railway bridge on St. Michaels Lane for coaches). A map of the best route to the coach parking can be obtained by contacting the Ticket Office on 0371 423 1315Food and Drink at the StadiumThere are concession vans around the ground but if a fan would like a sit-down meal there is the Carnegie Café bar which is located at the back of the Carnegie Stand on the lower floor.The closest bars for away fans will be the Ronnie bar and the Main stand bar which overlooks the cricket pitch, these are located in the Main Stand. There is also a bar under the cricket west stand which is on route to the score board end of the rugby pitch when entering from Kirkstall Lane Turnstiles.
He was 70 years of age.To a generation of supporters he was the voice of St. Helens rugby league – one of our own, seemingly plucked from the very bowels of the ‘Scaff’ [actually, his original gaff was the Best Stand Paddock] whose commentaries were what every dyed-in-the-wool Saints’ fans wanted to hear.Let’s face it … he was irresistibly parochial; one-eyed; ribald; irreverent and positively bled red and white! His good friend and fellow bus driver Vernon Roby once christened him ‘Ronnie Beep’ as he was prone to utter the occasional profanity and thought that it might be a problem for him in the heat of a Saints-Wigan derby!For well over a decade, you could hear his distinctive tones in every self-respecting pub and club in the town the week after the match. At the end of the day, it was always his love and enjoyment of the game that he portrayed with such infectious enthusiasm and an often wicked – yet never demeaning – sense of humour.He was a real one off, a larger-than-life character, with his wit and banter honed by years of driving buses around the St. Helens and the Merseyside region.Ron began his stint with the microphone in the mid-1980s, with Brian Peers on camera and continued well into the new millennium. His commentaries highlighted an era when the Saints tried desperately to get one over on their deadly rivals from the other side of Billinge Lump.Ron loved those derby clashes against the dreaded foe, the ‘Pie Eaters’ of Wigan: akin to gunfights at the OK Coral, where only the toughest survived, with huge, baying crowds at Knowsley Road and Central Park. Great players too. The wizardry of Shane Cooper; the jack-rabbit running of Neil Holding; the power and defiance of Chris Arkwright; the pace of Barry Ledger and such redoubtable warriors as Bernard Dwyer, Kevin Ward and the redoubtable Jarrod McCracken, who were all quite capable of giving their opponents what Ron invariably called ‘a real Sister Duffy’!He talked our language, and we adopted such catchphrases for our own use on the terraces.“I try to put some humour into the broadcast. Some love it…some hate it….but that’s life! Being involved with the coaches, players and backroom staff at St. Helens on match days and, hopefully, giving the public entertainment gives me great pleasure.”His most talked about ‘They think it’s all over’ moment came in a relatively nondescript game against Hull at Knowsley Road, on a cold, dank night in February 1991.Ron took up the story: “We were getting beaten with just seconds to go when the ball came out to Les Quirk on his own ‘25’. He skirted the touchline, past scrum half Entat’s attempted tackle and scored us the try which won the match. I described the try as one of ‘orgasmic proportions.’ What I meant to say was that it was the ultimate climax to a great game.”Needless to say, Ron’s description of that marvellous four-pointer is forever enshrined in the folklore of St.Helens R.F.C!Despite Ron’s apparent bias towards his hometown club, he always had a glint in his eye and, at the end of the day, it was only, really, a game of rugby league! Wasn’t it?Ron was also a keen collector of programmes and other Saints-related memorabilia and was, for many years, a familiar face at the various programme fairs.We send our condolences to his wife, Chris [they were married in 1979] and daughters Anne and Pam, plus a grand-daughter, as well as sisters Val and Win and Son in Law Dave.Written by Alex Service
He was 73.Geoff played 365 games for the club, scoring close to 1,400 points, and became the first ever player to win the Lance Todd and Harry Sunderland trophies to go alongside an impressive haul of medals in the red vee.Everyone at the club is saddened by his loss and sends their sympathies to Geoff’s family and friends.We will post longer and fitting tribute to Geoff over the coming days.
Both Hannah Black and Megan Petersen put their heart and soul into their project,”Drought.”After more than two years of planning, their film idea is in the running.“There’s a movement happening in Wilmington with not only us, but tons of other film makers coming together and rallying together and trying to create wonderful film that tells amazing stories,” Black said.Related Article: First movie filmed in Wilmington released 35 years agoWith their story, they hope to raise awareness not only to the Wilmington film industry, but autism. A main character in the film is on the autism spectrum.“I was a teacher here in town and I worked with children on the autism spectrum and they are the most amazing kids in the world and I still think about them to this day and I was really inspired by the gifts that they brought into classroom and to the world in general,” Black said.Black and Petersen need the communities support to help make their dream a reality. To revive sustainable films and jobs back to the area.“If we win this national competition Wilmington is highlighted,”co-creator and producer Megan Petersen said.Peterson said film is still alive here and wants to prove people who think it is not, wrong.“If our community has a chance to rally together which is a part of what this competition is we can bring film back here. It’s still here, but we don’t have the opportunities,” Black said.Win or lose, Black and Peterson are making the film no matter what.They have until October 13th to have people follow their campaign and gain enough support to be in the top ten. For more information on the project, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two women have entered a competition, hoping to bring back the spotlight and show how much Wilmington still has to offer the film industry.“If we were to win this competition, it would not only change our lives, but I think it would really change Wilmington and a lot of peoples lives who live here,” co-creator and writer Hannah Black said.- Advertisement –
It happened in the Green Acres community.Askew appeared in Superior court Thursday morning where he was served with a copy of the indictment.Superior Court Judge Frank Jones ordered that the defendant be held without bond and appointed attorney Kevin Peters to represent him.Related Article: Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probeAttorney Peters also represents the defendant in the unrelated murder case involving Trooper Conner.Because the defendant was under 18 at the time of this incident this case is not eligible for the death penalty.However, the court has previously ruled that Trooper Conner’s case does qualify for the imposition of the death penalty and the State is proceeding forward. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One of the suspects charged in the murder of NC Trooper Kevin Conner has been indicted in a murder dating back to 2016.According to a news release from the Columbus County District Attorney’s Office, Chauncy Askew is charged with first degree murder in the shooting of Jerome Parrott on June 21, 2016.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper called Wilmington “a great place to be” during a visit to survey Hurricane Florence recovery efforts Tuesday.Gov. Cooper says at least once a week, he tries to visit a county hit by Florence.- Advertisement – “We need to send the message across the state and the country that Wilmington is open for business, that it is recovering from this hurricane, and this is a place to take your vacation, and come and shop,” Cooper said.After making the keynote speech at the Downtown Economic Series Luncheon at the Wilmington Convention Center, Gov. Cooper toured the area to survey hurricane recovery efforts.“Sometimes when a storm hits, people have this picture in their mind of something that is destroyed, and ‘I don’t want to go there.’ That’s not what’s happened with Wilmington,” Cooper said.Related Article: Brunswick County offices re-opening Monday; some offices relocatingThe governor visited downtown businesses damaged by the storm, like Port City Java and Swahili Coast. Swahili Coast owner Caroline Fisher says she thinks downtown business has bounced back over the last six months.“The recovery effort is coming along, to say the least. We just feel really grateful that we’re still here and we’re still open,” Fisher said.Cooper then headed to UNCW, where Chancellor Jose Sartarelli gave him a tour of campus.One stop on the tour was new modular classrooms, which had to be installed after Florence destroyed Dobo Hall.“That was a very impressive feat, to move all of that equipment from the building that had been destroyed, and put it in these mobile labs,” Cooper said.While at UNCW, Gov. Cooper discussed other recovery issues. He says a plan is being created to elevate areas of I-40 that flooded during Florence.The governor says affordable housing was an problem before the hurricane, but Florence put a magnifying glass on the issue.“We’re pushing efforts as hard as we can to get people back into their homes with the STEP Program. But also working with public private partnerships to get more homes built and more public housing,” Cooper said.One of those partnerships is with Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. The STEP Program provides repairs to homes to get them fixed up enough for families to move in.
(Photo: NC Highway Patrol) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The widow of a fallen state trooper who has been searching for the badge once worn by her husband that was stolen during a recent trip to the Leland Walmart received something special Thursday.North Carolina Highway Patrol says 98-year-old Margaret Padgett’s wallet was recently stolen out of her shopping cart which carried a patrolman badge once worn by her husband, Paul Winifred Smith. A WWII decorated war hero, Smith joined the Patrol in 1947 and was assigned to Stanley County. Shortly after reporting, he was involved in a single vehicle collision in 1948 where he succumbed to his injuries.- Advertisement – Since his untimely death, Margaret carried his shirt badge with her, in honor of her fallen husband and his service to North Carolina.Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr. along with Major Daryl Conley presented Padgett with a replica badge Thursday in an attempt to offer closure while the search for the original badge continues. An inscription on both the original and replica badge reflects “Paul W. Smith EOW 05-27-48”.Authorities from the Leland Police Department and the State Highway Patrol are requesting your help in locating the original badge.Related Article: DINK FOR PINK: Pickleball players raise paddles to fight breast cancerAnyone with information can contact Leland P.D. or their local State Highway Patrol office.