Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lost and Found

The Lost Muse of Margate
This week, I had noticed a number of searches passing across this weblog with the phrase 'David Butterwick.' Out of curiosity I wondered what prompted this interest and discovered a story from 2005, which involved the residents of Garlinge, chasing a registered sex-offender from his home in Glebe Road.

Normally there's a reason for intensive searches, many of which can be attributed to a small minority of readers trying to catch-me-out for one comment or another, so they can be properly outraged or offended. However, this time, the reason soon became clear when I had a call from the Daily Mail.

Apparently Mr Butterwick, formerly of Garlinge, is believed by the press, to have committed serious offenses (allegedly I should add) in Belgium, where he sought refuge after leaving Thanet and the Daily Mail is on his trail.

This led to a wider conversation about child safety, which is very topical at present and Thanet's own record of housing registered sex-offenders close to vulnerable young people and children in care, particularly in Margate and Cliftonville. This is a rather all too common complaint, for very good reason and the Daily Mail doesn't need to talk to me to discover the alarming statistics and history of mistakes by well-meaning but frequently incompetent and overworked agencies managing their problems at a distance.

As for David Butterwick, he's simply the tip of an alarming iceberg and I had to confess that all I knew, was what I recorded in 2005 and the rest is up to them to discover and reveal.


Anonymous said...

Well done Simon.

I fear that the Saville expose' will attract only the specific response determined by terms of reference and the like.

Whereas a general response is called for. An overhaul of the system of residential care monitoring, cross referring, the role (so far ignored)of communities local to care homes and greater use of committal warrants against those on sex offenders register.

Lord Clinton Davis phoned me a couple of years back and we discussed deaths of mentally handicapped children in Hackney Social services care at a private care home The Beeches, Ixworth, Suffolk 66 to 72/

The fact seems to be that in spite of Commons questions in 72 and a referral by me to Stage 2 of the Harold Shipman inquiry (Lessons to be learned about death registration and coroners and police practices to spot patterns of death and or care abuse)to this day no one can answer how many kids died at Ixworth 66 to 72.

I was able to tell Lord Clinton Davis there were 3 deaths in 4 months Dec 71 to April 72 only one of which received an inquest.

I have crossed swords as you know on occasion with Ken Gregory. But truth is for an issue of this importance give me Ken of "Forthright Manor" any time over self aggrandizing diversity champions.

Best wishes Richard Card

Anonymous said...

What is a Breach of the Peace?

A Breach of the Peace is not a criminal offence in itself, however special powers exist for the purpose of stopping or preventing anyone from breaching or threatening to Breach the Peace.

What Constitutes a Breach of the Peace?

The concept of Breach of the Peace is difficult to define, and the limits of the power have been subject to disagreement. However, it is now widely thought that the correct definition is that which: actions which harm another person, or harm his property in his presence, or actions which are likely to provoke such harm. A Breach of the Peace may occur on either public or private property.

What Powers do the Police have to deal with a Breach of the Peace?

Powers of Arrest

The police are able to arrest and detain anyone who is committing, or they have reasonable cause to believe is about to commit, a Breach of the Peace.

Powers of Entry

If the police reasonably believe that a Breach of the Peace is being committed, or is about to be committed, on private property, they may use their common law power to enter the property without a warrant in order to stop or prevent the Breach.

When will an Arrest for Breach of the Peace be Lawful?

There is a common law power of arrest where a Breach of the Peace is committed in the presence of the person making the arrest or the person making the arrest reasonably believes such a Breach is about to occur, or where the Breach has been committed and there is a reasonable belief that a renewal of Breach is threatened. A reasonable belief is objective

What this means is that with the resurrection of annual parish elections for volunteer parish constables every parish can assume a jurisdiction to preserve peace over care homes etc in their area. Power of ebtry without warrant. Power to arrest and remove any person likely to provoke a breach of the peace. Way to go. Big Society is no new idea. Richard

Don Wood said...

Very very long comments