Discontent In The ‘Farce’ Years Ago

January 9, 2016

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE The OUTSIDE LEFT column that I write for the Manx Independent this week deals with the work of the two independent surveillance Commissioners I entitled it ‘THE GUARDIANS’ but in his wisdom the Editor amended that – there’s

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Chief Constable Responds on Winter Deaths

November 20, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE The Isle of Man Chief Constable has responded almost immediately to the queries we raised with him in relation to energy deprivation and winter deaths. We had asked two specific points arising from an earlier exchange with the

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Man: Juan He’s the ‘Forces Champion’ But is He The Police Forces Champion?

November 6, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE One of the most eerie interviews I have seen this year was when the Manx Chief Constable discussed his annual report and was interviewed by MTTV. Sitting in the background in the corner silently watching was the Department

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The Police Report – Compiled 2007/8

October 18, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE Following today’s announcement of the language initiative for Police Scotland I thought I would republish the Police Report compiled in 2007/8 by the General Secretary into language attitudes in all the Police Services in the Celtic countries: “THE

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Alba: Major Language Initiative for Police Scotland

October 18, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE The news today from Scotland that there is to be a major initiative to increase the use and profile of Gàidhlig (Gaelic) in both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority (see link): https://www.scotsman.com/gaelic/police-scotland-launch-plan-for-wider-use-of-gaelic-language-1-3918697#axzz3oixiFchU As usual this is

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Scotland: Custody Death Officer ‘Hates Black People’ BBC Allege

October 15, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE We reported earlier this year about the death in custody of Sheku Bayoh who was detained by Scottish police and died at a police station in Fife in early May. At the time the Celtic League wrote to

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Mann: DHSC Respond on Police Mental Health Concerns

October 9, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE Following the alarming assertion in the Chief Constables report about the amount of time his officers are devoting to mental health issues we raised the issue with the DHSC (link): https://www.celticleague.net/news/mann-are-mental-health-resources-stretched/ Malcolm Couch DHSC CEO has responded saying

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Silt Row: Gawne Gets an Ally – Meanwhile Police Have Heads Stuck Firmly in the Silt

April 16, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE SILT ROW: GAWNE GETS AN ALLY – MEANWHILE POLICE HAVE HEADS STUCK FIRMLY IN THE SILT Beleaguered Department of Infrastructure Minister Phillip Gawne has found an unusual allay as he faces a deluge of criticism in the row

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The Civil Nuclear Police

March 22, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE BBC Scotland reports briefly on an incident involving the Civil Nuclear Police (CNC) and ‘the unintentional discharge’ of a Taser (link). https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-31984370 The incident took place at Hunterston nuclear power plant in the CNC police station at the

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Kernow: Complaint to Police Over Newspaper Article

March 13, 2015

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE Kernow branch are really on the ‘front foot’ in relation to the newspaper article insulting Cornwall and the Cornish in the Western Daily News. In the latest development Michael Chappell (Kernow branch Convenor) has referred the issue to

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