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The rights of a person who is questioned by the police

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The police forces of any country have both rights and obligations when coming into contact with individuals. The same principle is available for individuals accused of various offences or stopped on the street for a routine check. While routine checks usually imply a verification of the identification papers, the suspicion of someone committing a more or less serious offence implies being escorted to the police station.

For individuals taken into police custody in the UK, the Prison Act of 1952 establishes the rights of detainees from the moment they enter the police station and up to the end of the detention period. These rights also cover the questioning sessions at the police station. Also, some of the rights enumerated in the Prison Act cover the families of those detained.

An individual’s rights when arriving at the police station

Contrary to many believes, once arrived at the police station, an individual must first be processed by the officers. In the UK, this procedure is referred to as allocation. This means having an interview with one of the police officers where the rules, procedures and the rights of the detained person are explained. The police must also notify the offender about their right to receiving legal assistance. However, this process is not part of the questioning process.

During the allocation process, the detainee will be searched for any dangerous products and their personal belongings will be confiscated and assigned to a special box, called account. These items will remain here until the detainee is released.

Among the first rights one is entitled to when arriving at the police station are calling a defence lawyer and announcing one’s family.

What happens after being allocated?

After being processed, the detainee will be taken to a cell where he or she will await being questioned. This is called being held into custody and it also comes with certain rights. Among these rights, the most important ones refer to benefiting from free legal advice if one cannot afford a lawyer and receiving medical assistance, if needed. These rights must also be explained in writing. Usually, a notice will be handed to the offender.

The UK is also known for having its share of troubled young individuals committing less serious offences. By young we mean individuals under the age of 18. In their case, the police must notify the parent or the legal guardians about the children being held into police custody.

Soliciting legal advice while in prison in the UK

Individuals detained in a UK police station have three possibilities of obtaining legal advice while in custody and before being questioned. These are:

  1. requesting assistance from the police station’s solicitor who is available 24 hours a day;
  2. asking for free legal advice, case in which the police must contact Defence Solicitor Call Centre;
  3. calling one’s own lawyer.

The longest period one can stay without receiving legal assistance is 36 hours.

The questioning session

The first thing to know when taken for questioning is that once the detainee has asked for legal advice, the police cannot question him/her in the absence of a criminal lawyer in London. Even in the presence of the solicitor, the offender will have the right to not say anything about the charges being brought to him/her, however, he/she may face certain consequences.

The police must explain them this right, however, they must also warn the detainee of the fact that not saying anything will harm their case when questioned during a trial. Also, the questioning must be recorded.

An important aspect to keep in mind is that during questioning, witnesses will benefit from the same rights without the part of being held into custody.

So, when held for questioning, no one says cooperation with the police staff is not a good thing, however, the presence of a defence lawyer is always the best course to follow.

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All About the Luton Carnival

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Did you know that as of 2017, around 6,000 people are employed in tourism related industries in Luton? These employees are working in travel agencies, restaurants, bars, hotels, libraries, and sports and recreational facilities. The numbers can be well understood by the fact that in 2009, approximately 113,000 visits to Luton were made by overseas tourists, according to LoveLuton.org.uk, with the number of visitors only increasing since then.

Other than the exciting tourist destinations Luton has to offer, the Luton Carnival is also a great crowd puller, being the town’s most popular multicultural event. It is one of the main reasons that attract tourists to this town. A creative and cultural extravaganza, this carnival includes dance, music, spectacular costumes, performance and pageantry. An expression of the British culture, the Luton Carnival is something that should be seen at least once in your lifetime, says a spokesperson from Holiday Inn Luton South, a hotel that offers world class accommodation in Luton, near the airport.

The Luton Carnival

The Luton International Carnival is one of the greatest one-day carnivals in Europe, being held on the streets around Wardown Park, since 1976. The carnival features a spectacular parade, with participants and street dancers in amazing costumes. The parade circles the park and passes the judging point on Old Bedford Road. Other than the colourful parade, revellers can enjoy the festive atmosphere created by the mesmerizing craft, heart thumping music and food stalls selling delectable dishes.

This makes the best time to visit this town on the last May Spring bank holiday, which is when the carnival is held.

Major Attractions

The Luton Carnival has always featured local and international artists, who take this cultural event to an altogether different level. In 2016, the carnival featured Rhythms of the City, the UK’s #1 touring Samba band, international Reggae sensation Peter Hunningale, and folk music from local singer, Teela2u, and Soca star, Scrappy, The Heritage Survival Band performed Afro-Jazz, and local five-piece rock band, Charlie Indestructible, performed blistering riffs too.

In 2017, the audience enjoyed fairground rides, one of three sound sites and experience the Health and Well-Being Zone, in addition to the parade.

Health and Well Being Zone

The Health and Well Being Zone became part of the Luton Carnival in 2016. This zone comprises 19 local health and wellbeing organisations. It features a community stage, various food stalls and, to top of all, an amazing festive atmosphere. What makes the Health and Well Being Zone highly attractive is that all the activities within this zone can be enjoyed for free. Revellers get to enjoy drumming, jamming and song writing at 24 music stalls, football, Zumba, body blitz and tug of war, face painting, and giant children’s games. To promote mental health, the ELFT Mental Health Trust arranges talks for carnival revellers.

The Luton International Carnival is a great opportunity to spend fun times with the family. Make sure you book accommodation well in time in one of the hotels near Luton Airport that offers parking.

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Finding the Best Dentist for Kids

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Choosing a dentist in Whitefield, Bury is an important decision. Each person has unique requirements for a dental office. Some want a family oriented office that provides basic dental care, such as cleanings and fillings. Others want a practice that offers treatments in several areas of dentistry, including restorations and cosmetic treatments. A good place to start is by deciding what is most important for you and looking for an office that offers what you need.

Check the qualifications and experience of the dentist when making this important decision. Where did the dentist go to school? How long has he or she been in practice? You want a dentist with the right training and experience to provide the services you need. For example, if you need dental implants, porcelain veneers, or braces, make sure the dentist has training in those areas.

Dentistry is always changing, technologies are improving, and new treatment methods are being developed all the time. You want a dentist who stays up to date on the latest advances and new treatment methods to receive the best possible care. Look for a dentist who participates in continuing education on a regular basis.

Consider the Services Provided at the Office

Check on the services offered by the Whitefield, Bury dentist you are considering using for your dental care. Do you need only routine dental care? Are you interested in cosmetic treatments or restorations? Is it important for you to have the care you need provided in one office? Not all dentists offer general dentistry, restorative treatments, and cosmetic dentistry treatments. 

Modern dentistry offers more options than ever for restoring damaged teeth and improving your smile. If you have broken teeth, chipped, cracked, missing, or discoloured teeth, treatments are available to restore the function and appearance of the teeth. In this case, look for a dentist offering dental implants, porcelain veneers, braces, or any other treatments you may require, so you can have your needs met in one place.

The experiences of other patients can help you know what to expect when you visit a particular dentist. Many people ask for referrals from friends and family when selecting a dentist or get referrals from existing patients. It can be very helpful to learn what other patients have to say about the quality of care they have gotten from that dentist.

Before and after pictures often allow you to see the differences in patients’ teeth after having treatments at a dentist’s office. These can often be found on the dental practice’s website. Check to see how the patients looked before compared with after treatment to see the results other patients have gotten from that dentist.

While research can tell you a lot about a Manchester dentist, you won’t really know if it is a good fit until you visit the office. Even before you arrive, you can tell quite a bit about the atmosphere of the practice when you call to schedule an appointment. Is the office staff friendly on the telephone? Are they able to accommodate your schedule when making an appointment? At The Smile Centre in Whitefield, Bury, patients receive the best care from highly qualified and caring dental professionals.

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THE BAREFOOT BALL 2017

THE BAREFOOT BALL 2017. 

SATURDAY 3RD JUNE 2017. 6PM – 12AM

Seasalt Meadow, Combas Farm, Croyde, EX33 1PHTICKETS: 

A year on from our first ever Barefoot Ball & we are thrilled to invite you to our second! A unique summer event THE BAREFOOT BALL 2017 arrives at brand new location Seasalt Meadow, Combas Farm, Croyde, EX33 1PH on Saturday 3rd June 2017 

This laid back bohemian inspired Summer Ball is set against a mesmerising & exclusive coastal backdrop … Relax & unwind on arrival to our Chilled Ibiza Sessions with a drink in hand from one of our fabulous Pop up bars; Cocktails & Gin, Bubbles Bar, Ale & Cider then take your seat at our feasting tables ready for a sumptuous 3 Course Seadog Boho Banquet afterwards find yourself dancing the night away @ our Balearic Beats Dance Party ft. Aldo Vanucci….. all whilst watching the sunset on the Horizon … 

~ENJOY FEASTING, DRINKING & DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY ~

6.00pm Chilled Ibiza Sessions – Aldo Vanucci

7.30pm 3 Course Feasting at Banqueting Tables – by local Award Winning Food creatives Seadog

9.30pm Balearic Beats After Party – Aldo Vanucci

Midnight And so to bed

£39.50* p/head to include 3 Course Feast & Entertainment

*plus Eventbrite Booking fee

READ THE FULL EVENT BLOG >> http://www.bluefizzevents.co.uk/balearic-beats-feast-at-the-barefoot-ball-2017/

PURCHASE TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE OR for event enquiries contact us at enquiries@bluefizzevents.co.uk

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How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle as You Grow Older

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The human body goes through a series of changes as it ages. Many people see a decline in energy and an increased propensity of weight gain. Age can be a difficult and stressful thing to maneuver that can leave you asking yourself “what can I do to make myself healthier and reduce my stress.” Thankfully this guide is here to give you some practical and real world tips to help keep you as healthy as possible as you age.

  • Joining a Gym Can Be a Great Way to Stay in Shape
    • If you have a few extra pounds on your frame, you may want to consider joining a gym. Running on the treadmill and lifting weights is a great way to get back in shape and make sure you have the proper health for middle age.
    • Local gyms are a great place to go to get in shape but can be costly. if you are on a budget, you might consider the Groupon Coupons page for 24 Hour Fitness. Like its name implies 24-hour fitness is open every day of the week all day long to help cater to people with unorthodox schedules.
  • Getting a Fitness Tracker Can Be a Great Way to Get Back in Shape
    • If you do a lot of cardio or even just walking, you may want to consider getting a fitness tracker. These handy devices clip to a belt buckle or can be worn on your wrist and track how many steps you take on a daily basis. It also tracks heart rate, distance, time.
    • Some of these devices even store music in case you wish to listen to your favorite tunes while you pound out a run.
    • They are small and lightweight. Set a goal for yourself of how many steps you want to make on any given day and make it. You will be surprised how much your health will improve from this helpful device. Consider this option the next time you are looking to improve your health.

Improving and maintaining health is important for everybody as we age, however, it doesn’t mean that we have to leave it until the last minute to start. Take these tips in mind and start your journey towards a new and healthy lifestyle, today!

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iLab Barnstaple – for iPhone and other repairs

Brilliant service today from Dale at the iLab at 60 High Street in Barnstaple. Mended the iPhone charging port which was blocked up with stuff all for the grand price of absolutely no charge whatsoever. Understated and honest service of the very best kind. Visit their website here.

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Mojo Creative Studio

If you’re looking for help with marketing, advertising and design look no further than Mojo Creative Studio. Visit their website at www.mojostudio.co.uk or email their creative director Matt Oakley on matt@mojostudio.co.uk.

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CerealOffers.com – A great site about breakfast cereals and their gifts over the years

Heads-up for a great site about breakfast cereals and their various gifts over the years. It’s at www.cerealoffers.com and is packed full of wonderful information and pictures of the boxes and the gifts which could be found inside. There is also a For Sale page containing a variety of items which might be of interest.

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16 Oct – Memorial Service at St Brannock’s Church to remember family and friends who have died

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The Exeter Travel Clinic – providing both travel vaccinations and others such as Meningitis B, MMR and chicken pox

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Special offer: Kids’ haircuts for £5 in August at Hair on the Square in Braunton! (Under 10s)

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Fairlinch campsite in Braunton, North Devon is now open!

Fairlinch campsite in Braunton is now open! Special Summer reduction for family pitches 2 Adults + 2 Children £20 per night. Visit their website here

 

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Guest post: Enabling Devon’s business owners to live the retirement they wish without money worries

Guest post by Andrew Neligan of Neligan Financial

I established Neligan Financial in 2016 having moved back to this wonderful county after 20 years away (it pulls you back sooner or later!).

The purpose of the firm is to enable Devon’s business owners to live the retirement they wish without money worries. In practice this involves working closely with my clients to help uncover what really matters in life, working out if they are on course to be able to do that when they wish to and, if not, formulating and implementing the actions to make it achievable.

The typical questions I answer for my clients are:

* What will happen to my wife and children if I die or can’t work?

* What will happen to my business if my business partners die or have an accident?

* How much wealth do I need to accumulate so I can stop working?

* When can I afford to start phasing into retirement?

* How can I use my business to help achieve my personal goals?

* How can I legitimately minimise the tax I pay?

The problem is you think you have time

The single biggest regret I hear from people as they near their intended retirement age is they should have started preparing for it sooner. This is either because they haven’t built up enough wealth to fund their ideal retirement lifestyle and will have to “cut their cloth accordingly” or they’ve worked out that they will have more than enough so could have stopped working sooner. Not only that but the Government is going to be the major beneficiary of all the money they’ve accrued.

“My business is my pension”

I’ve also heard people say they’ll either sell their business or step away but continue to receive dividends throughout their retirement.

Either may be possible but it is also a high risk strategy for a time of life when risk will want to be reduced and control increased.

Consider all the business that have closed over the past five to ten years. It may have been a result of the Credit Crunch, a new competitor moving in or a technological change making your product or service less competitive. How would this affect you and your family if it were to happen to you when you retire?

If your plan is to leave the day to day running of the company to the next generation or a management team how can you be sure that they have the same passion, drive and abilities that made it successful in the first place.

What is your business worth?

Consider this: if someone advised you to take that capital value of your business and invest it in a small, illiquid company would you do it or run a mile? My guess it would be the latter but you are taking this decision every day with your business that you have poured blood, sweat and tears into. Would you really want to risk your retirement on it too?

Your business is a great way to increase your wealth but there are also many opportunities to reduce the personal risks you are exposed to and minimise the tax you pay now and in retirement.

The key is to ensure your business and personal objectives are aligned so that you are in control of when you stop rather than having your business decide when you can.

If you would like to discuss how you can use your business and live your ideal retirement without money worries, please contact me. First meetings are at my cost and without obligation to proceed with my services.

Neligan Financial Limited is an appointed representative of Best Practice IFA Group Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Company registered in England number 09948729. Registered office: 28 Alexandra Terrace, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 1BD

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Braunton and Saunton Church of England services during Easter Week

   
   

  

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Gulf Stream gold leaf custom surfboard shaped by Julian Matthews (pictured)

      

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The Kabin Cafe, Chivenor – great cooked breakfast at a great price!

 If you’re after a great cooked breakfast in North Devon then look no further than The Kabin Cafe at Chivenor. Run by the ever-friendly Kevern Staddon (pictured) it does what in my view is the best cooked breakfast around. They’re open six days a week and not only do breakfast but also lunch, snacks and take-away. For more information see their Facebook page. The menus are below. It’s a fantastic little gem of a cafe only a few minutes from Braunton. To get there drive from Braunton to Barnstaple. Just past the Chivenor roundabout turn right onto Chivenor Industrial Estate. Go over the bridge and follow the road to the right until you come to it just on the left.


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Flood update: Phase 1 Caen Street drainage works postponed

The following is a letter from Ben Byrom to traders about the postponement of the phase 1 Caen Street drainage works.

Dear Traders

Just to let you all Know the detail of this letter I have received this morning from Devon County Council Engineering department.

I have not left the letter author’s name on the letter as he asked me not to publish it. You are no doubt as disappointed as I am that this project has been postponed but I trust that when the scheme  happens it WILL BE the right one for Braunton. We do have a good relationship with the DCC team and am in regular contact with our MP who is fighting our cause in many corners and is working at getting the area director of the EA up to see us here in Braunton.

Good Morning,

Following your previous communication with my client John, I am writing to inform you of the latest developments regarding the proposed phase 1 drainage works at Caen Street, Braunton. As you may be aware, it was intended to undertake improvements to Caen Street’s drainage in two separate phases, with the phase 1 scheme comprising works within the highway and the phase 2 scheme a complementary pumping station.

Unfortunately, due to difficulties in modelling an effective phase 2 solution in the tight timeframe available, it has not been possible to develop the phase 1 scheme such that it would be sufficiently adaptable to suit the eventual phase 2 installation. We are mindful of the potential disruption that would result from the temporary closure of Caen Street and have therefore decided to postpone the phase 1 works until the full scheme proposals are more fully developed, thereby avoiding the risk of needing a second road closure during the phase 2 scheme.

As a result of the above, please be advised that the planned road closure (reference TTRO1613764) will be cancelled.

Devon County Council and our consultants will continue to investigate and develop proposals for Caen Street as a priority. We are still aiming to proceed with investigation works such as trial pits and boreholes to inform the eventual scheme. These will either be minor works on the highway in Caen Street (not requiring a closure) or will be located off of the highway in verges.

If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch.

Ben Byrom

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Christmas Service at St Anne’s Church Saunton

  

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Christmas Services at St Brannock’s Church Braunton

  

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8th Dec – Christmas Book Sale at Braunton Library

  

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