Jussie Smollett

I’m angry at the Jussie Smollett situation,




I was genuinely concerned when I heard the reports of his racist and homophobic attack, concerned for all those who had faced this before and will face it in the future.

Then I was stunned when it was reported it could of been faked, waiting for the facts to come out something I didn’t do before because of my confirmation bias and how this act reinforced my world view that hate and prejudice is on the rise.

This act this fakery has a damaging effect, it now gives the far-right and Fox News an excuse to dismiss and diminish the fact that hate is on the rise and that people like Trump do embold and empower those who commit it





A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last Friday on gun and drug charges is alleged to be a white supremacist who had a hit list that included prominent Democratic politicians as well as several journalists



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“killer” car seats for sale


From Suffolk Trading Standards

This week the BBC reported on what was dubbed as “killer car seats” being sold on platforms such as Amazon and eBay.

The consumer group Which? have found that although the seats had been removed from sale in 2014 after tests showed they lacked the support needed to protect babies and toddlers, the seats had repeatedly re-appeared for sale on online marketplaces ever since.

The fabric seats, which can cost as little as £8, offer almost no protection in a crash and are illegal to use in the UK.

Approved seats carry a clear orange label with the codes ECE R44-03, ECE R44-04 or ECE R129 to indicate they have been put through EU safety testing and can therefore be legally sold on the UK market.

See the full BBC report here


If you see a dangerous car seat being sold, or have purchased one that you have concerns about, please contact Trading Standards via the national Citizens Advice Consumer Service helpline on 03454 040506.

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Theft of power tools – Ipswich

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There has been a recent increase in the number of power tools being stolen from both vehicles and sheds/garages.  This has affected both tradespeople and domestic power tool owners too.

For further advice on keeping your tools and shed/garages secure, please go tohttps://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/shedandgaragesecurity.pdf


Please remember these key points:


  • If you are unable to remove tools from your vehicle when not in use, invest in after market locks and alarms for the vehicle.
  • Park your vehicle within a secure compound covered by CCTV.  If you do have to leave your vehicle at home.  Park it as close to the house as possible with the rear/side doors against a wall or other vehicle.
  • Avoid storing power tools in your shed if possible. If you have to do this, ensure that shed is robust and in good condition with no windows.  Fit bars across the door to prevent it being prised open and use at least two closed shackle padlocks.  Make sure your back gate is locked and that the boundary to your garden is secure and at least 1.8m high.
  • If your tools are not registered at http://www.immobilise.com or otherwise identifiable, it is much easier for thieves to sell your stolen tools and also evade prosecution.
  • If you hear a vehicle alarm sounding or glass smashing, please take action.  Never put yourself in danger, but if you can look out of a window or check live CCTV safely, please do and then call police on 999 if you see a crime in progress.

Help us keep our communities safe.

Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via  https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice

To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the linkhttp://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visitwww.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

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“The Council” Who Does What ?

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Often we see people refer to “The Council” and don’t really clarify if they are speaking about Ipswich Borough or Suffolk County Council, even our local press Ipswich Star have been guilty of this with headlines saying Council does this or says that without differentiating between the two separate organisations which have separate responsibilities that effect our everyday lives

Suffolk County Council responsibilities include roads and foot-paths, street lighting, schools and pre-school, social care, children’s homes, youth offending, trading standards, public health, records offices, coroners, recycling centres, fostering, libraries and Fire Service

Ipswich Borough Council is responsible for many local services including housing, planning, parks, pools and sports centres, Regent Theatre, Corn Exchange, Waste Collection, taxi and pub licensing, Christchurch Mansion and the Museum

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RIP Tom Gondris

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Sad news as former Ipswich Borough Councillor Tom Gondris has passed away

Tom served as Labour Councillor for Valley Ward in the 70s and later became a champion for restoration and saving buildings of historic significance in Ipswich and was awarded the MBE in 2009 for services to conservation and heritage in Ipswich and Suffolk

Tom arrived in Britain when he was 9-years-old. He was born in Czechoslovakia into a Jewish family, and when Hitler invaded he managed to get the last train of our Prague to safety in England.

He was one of 669 children who were brought across from Czechoslovakia just before the Second World War. Many were housed in Barham House in Claydon in Suffolk and a holiday camp near Norwich before being fostered by British families

Tom’s parents had planned to travel through Europe and meet him in Britain but they never made it. After being intercepted in Poland they were deported to the concentration camps and died in Auschwitz. Tom knew he was one of the lucky ones and without the Kinder Transport he probably would have perished too.

Thoughts are with Tom`s family and friends at this time

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Storm Erik

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A message from UK Power Networks

You may have seen the forecast of high winds and rain (Storm Erik) expected to arrive Today (Friday 8th February), affecting parts of the South East and the East of England.

We are currently monitoring the weather closely and we are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast develops.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to our electricity network.
Both you and your local residents will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

Anyone experiencing a power cut can:
· Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)

· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates

· Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map

· Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.

If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.

If you would like to share information about preparing for the extreme weather or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:

@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of Storm Erik. Call 105 to report a power cut and visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/storm-centre-prepare #stormerik#ukpnnews

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/…/priority-services-regis… for more information. #stormerik #ukpnnews

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Beware of a new scam called “Brushing”

Have you heard of a new Amazon package scam called “brushing?”

This crime involves having packages you didn’t order from Amazon show up on your doorstep.

At first glance, receiving packages you haven’t paid for might seem like a great problem to have.

The victims are not charged for the items in questions, but also can’t stop the items from being shipped. Scammers engage in this behavior in an effort to make the purchase look genuine and avoid violating Amazon’s terms for reviewing one’s own products.

Again, some people might not think of this as being “victims” of a scam. After all, you’re not being charged for the items, no one has touched your credit card (that you know of), and technically, these items aren’t even stolen since the seller is the one who purchased them.

The reality, though, is being involved in a brushing scam means that someone has gained access to your name, mailing address, and potentially other information. Depending on how they accessed your information, they could be privy to a lot more of your personally identifiable information than you realise.

If you begin receiving packages that are addressed to you but you did not order, contact the retailer immediately. Then change your passwords on your online accounts, just in case the scammer got your address by hacking an account. If the volume of shipments becomes a problem contact Royal Mail for help with holding packages until you can pick them up or otherwise handle the matter.

Report a scam to us by calling the national Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506

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