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‘County Lines’: Drug Supply, Violence and Exploitation.

Every once in a while in my professional life, I come across a real problem facing local communities. Known as ‘County Lines’ drug trading, or ‘going country’, County lines, involves urban gangs moving class A drugs and cash between inner-city

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Help to save a life: Use a Public Access Defibrillator. (PAD)

Whilst walking around my home town, I came across several Public Access Defibrillators. Taking a note of where these were, I had a google to see if there was an app or site which lists all those in my local

Would you know what to do in an emergency?

Living in uncertain times, I realised that I was unprepared for how to react in an emergency situation if it happened close to me. Looking for advice, I came across this guide produced by citizenAID. It is a must read

Public Information Films through the years.

Following on from my previous blog post on ‘Amateur film makers’, this perhaps leads nicely on to ‘Public Information Films’. These government commissioned short films, often shown during T.V. ad breaks, were meant to advise the general public living in

Towns & cities captured by amateur filmmakers.

Now having more time to pursue leisure interests, I came across an archive of ‘home movies’ shot by amateur filmmakers in, & around the area where I live. These historical media resources include coverage of; carnivals, regattas, people going about

Perhaps the city can be a bleak place to live?

This advert came on the T.V. whilst I was watching something I cant even remember. But I was totally captured by the animation, & the song in the ad. The story of the advert: ‘Young Jack and his faithful little

A 2014 TV advert that really touched me!

I saw this advertisement on You tube by accident when looking for a particular piece of music included on another advertisement. The advert really touched me, and perhaps reminds us that it is easy at times to do the right

Crime Map for where you live & work.

Interactive crime maps for where you live are available here at www.police.uk. Each dot marks the approximate location of incidents reported to the police in England and Wales in the last month. Crimes are ordered by type & the categories

On this day in 1981 (10/12/1981) BBC report: Mystery disease kills homosexuals.

I was having a look back in time for recent stories that made the U.K. news over the last 50 or so years. I came across this news story from 10/12/1981. As the BBC headline reported: ‘A mysterious epidemic, which