Wednesday, July 06, 2005


So the Brits think advertisements will !!!! This must be the ultimate in British stupidity. When will they admit defeat for their failed policy and allow people to defend themselves?

It is a tender moment as the young black man hugs his girlfriend on the couch. But as the camera pulls away, you see the blood on her jumper where his hand has just been. This is one of the poignant moments in a hard-hitting campaign launched by Scotland Yard to fight gun crime in the black community. Police believe some people are too scared to report gangsters or do not want to "grass up" on friends. The campaign highlights the guilt that will haunt people who do nothing about gun crime.

In a cinema advert, a group of young black men plays basketball. But the ball is soaked in blood when it falls through the hoop. "If you know someone's got a gun and you don't report it, you could have blood on your hands," a voice warns at the end. The launch coincides with the fifth anniversary of the Met's Operation Trident, a team of officers that deals with gun crime among black people. Last year they investigated 162 shootings in the capital. In the 12 months up to March this year, 18 people were shot dead.

The cinema advert will be played across London, especially at theatres in areas worst affected by gun crime. It was first shown today at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, south London, with Met chief Sir Ian Blair in attendance. The campaign also includes billboards with the message, "Stop the guns," and a radio advert with one victim's story



Britain again

A man who stabbed his former lover to death hours after she begged police to arrest him was sentenced yesterday to life in prison. Andrew Millard, 42, subjected Julie Harris, 41, to months of threatening phone calls after she ended their tempestuous affair. On October 5 he agreed to sign a non-harassment order after Mrs Harris complained to police about his obsessional behaviour.

Two weeks later she phoned 999 demanding that Millard be arrested. Bristol Crown Court was told that police said they had �other commitments� but would arrest him later. Five hours after that, Millard broke into her home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and stabbed her seven times in the chest with a steak knife.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating Gloucestershire Police�s handling of the case. It is already investigating Derbyshire and Staffordshire Constabularies over a similar case, the murder of a riding instructor by her former lover after months of harassment.


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