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Theme ended just in time

While not resurrecting the ‘Violent Crime’ them I just ended yesterday, I’m sad to see that I did so just in time.

Without detailing them, I saw there were at least FIVE reports of varying levels of violent crime reported tonight, in places I might possibly have been in.

(That means there were actually MORE!)

There really is something wrong, and it almost seems to be being ignored.

Where’s MP Paul Sweeney when there’s something SERIOUS to be raised?

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

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19/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

The end of a theme

I used to enjoy looking after a forum that covered some of the Clyde coast resorts, mainly because I used to haunt them, and it meant watching the related news feeds for articles relating to events which took place there.

That ended when the owner died, but I kept watching the feeds for a while, but gave up on them as the events became fewer and local media concentrated on stories relating to violence, drugs, and crime. It was sad to see the change, but I suppose those stories attract more ad clicks.

Earlier this year I noticed I appeared to be reading more violent crime articles on the street I spend many hours walking, and started to note them in the blog, provided I could classify them as things I had ‘Just missed’ (or had just missed me).

Sadly, either things have recently become much worse, or the media is reporting more of them, as not only did this trend continue, the level of violence increased from simple brawls, through robbery with violence, targetted attacks, and murders, all taking place far too close to spots where I might be found. The only positive note is that many take place at times I wouldn’t be nearby.

Having proved my point (unfortunately), I wonder if there will be a media/police article later this year, about an increase (which there surely must be if it carries on at the present rate)? Stories this week mark the end of this recurring theme, with news from only a few streets away of a man being found violently murdered in his home some days after the event (after relatives asked police to look for him after he disappeared some days earlier).

Shettleston murder inquiry launched after man, 28, suffered violent death in own home

And the discovery of badly burned woman on waste ground (not so near, but on one of my regular walks) who later died in hospital…

“The death is currently being treated as unexplained.”

Then, later…

Update: Police later confirmed that the death is not being treated as suspicious but enquires continue.

I hope the media remembers to report the finding of that last one – how does a 20-year-old end up on waste ground, badly burned, and die, and that is not ‘suspicious’?

Woman dies after being found badly burned on wasteground

Glasgow may be making a big noise for itself as a tourist and film-making venue, but I have to say that after spending a few weeks watching the violent crime reports – and the ones I mentioned were ONLY found on places walk to, there were many more NOT mentioned as they didn’t meet the criteria – there is something wrong here.

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

However, as I’ve now managed to make myself feel like locking myself indoors and not going out after reading about what’s happening on my doorstep, this theme has done its job and won’t be carrying on.

19/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

Two for the price of one AGAIN!

While I make the occasional trip to Cambuslang, at least it’s never as late at night as this.

A 45-year-old man has been rushed to hospital with stab wounds following an attempted murder in Cambuslang.

At around 10.20pm last night, an injured man in Braeside Place flagged down a car and asked for assistance

Emergency services rushed to the scene and the man was taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital for treatment to a number of stab wounds. Medical staff describe his condition as stable.

Police are treating the incident is being treated as attempted murder .

A 29 year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and enquiries are ongoing.

Man, 45, rushed to hospital with stab wounds after murder bid in Cambuslang

This one, however, WAS really close, and I passed the spot given about half an hour after this incident today (at least I was on a bus).

Four men have been arrested following an armed police incident at Parkhead.

Police Scotland officers swooped on the area outside the Forge Market in the east end of the city around 3.15pm today.

It remains unclear why the four have been arrested but they are believed to have been in a silver car.

Four arrested as as armed police swoop on car outside Forge Market in Parkhead

Like I said in an earlier post – maybe I’ll just go back to staying in!

I’m missing some of these by only a few hours, or less. sometimes.

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

08/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

Two for the price of one today!

First time I get on a bus in decades, and the very service/route/bus I used had this happen on it (at least I was on a different bus), and was even looking at the West George Street signs for some reason. as we came down the street)…

A 22-year-old man was rushed to hospital after being assaulted while travelling on a bus in Glasgow’s city centre.

At around 5.25pm yesterday, the man was travelling on a number 2 First Bus from Faifley to Baillieston.

While in the West George Street vicinity, the man tried to stop an argument between two females and a male which resulted in him being assaulted by the male who then got off the bus at Renfield Street.

The 22-year-old man was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he was treated for a puncture wound to the leg before being released.

Man, 22, rushed to hospital after assault on Glasgow city centre bus

Next, although this was reported today, the incident happened last week, and at the moment, I pass Argyle Street Station (but have no reason to use it) every day I’m in the city centre, around the time given as I’m heading home…

A baby fell out of a pram and onto a railway platform after a man was headbutted at a train station.

The unprovoked attack took place inside Argyle Street railway station, Glasgow, shortly after 5pm on Thursday, February 28.

The victim, who was standing next to his partner, was holding a pram with a baby inside when he was headbutted by another man.

The assault caused the baby to fall out of the pram and onto the platform floor.

Both parties then boarded the 5.07pm service to Cumbernauld.

Baby falls out pram after man headbutted at train station

Like I said in an earlier post – maybe I’ll just go back to staying in!

I’m missing some of these by only a few hours sometimes.

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

07/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

One that hits two buttons, I am there regularly, and I could be there at that time, but thankfully, usually a fair but later.

Police are hunting a man who robbed cash and tobacco from a Glasgow shop.

Around 3pm yesterday (Tuesday, March 5) he entered the ‘Shop Local’ key store in Dalmarnock Road, threatened a female member of staff and demanded money.

The 37-year-old woman was uninjured but has been left badly shaken by the incident.

The suspect is white, around 6 ft tall with a slim build and a local accent.

He was wearing dark coloured clothing with his hood up.

He left the store carrying two blue plastic bags with a quantity of tobacco and cash.

Police launch hunt for man who robbed Glasgow shop in broad daylight

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

06/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

After noting one incident reported earlier today, I’ve just spotted another on, for somewhere I hadn’t visited for years, but was at the same place on Sunday – fortunately some hours after the event.

I toured the whole length of Dumbarton Road on Sunday afternoon, just to see if any of the old buildings I remembered were still there – of course, the ones I had in mind are long gone, so I ended up just looking for interesting shops – unaware of what had happened a few hours earlier.

At least I’m never likely to be there around midnight.

A 37-year-old man who was seriously assaulted outside a Partick chip shop was left with serious injuries to his face, requiring surgery.

The incident occurred between 12.05 am and 12.35 am on Sunday, March 3 outside the Blue Lagoon Chip shop in Dumbarton Road.

The man was attempting to diffuse (sic) an argument between two people. He was then assaulted by a group of other people which left him with serious injuries.

Emergency services rushed to scene and the injured man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance where he was released after initial treatment. However, he will return at a laster (sic) date for surgery.

The culprits had made off prior to police arriving at the scene.

Man, 37, needing facial surgery after serious assault outside Partick chip shop

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

05/03/2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

As usual, few quiet days, then the madness is back, and in the middle of the day when there would be plenty of people around.

Glad I only use this station a few times a year, and not at all recently.

A 14-year-old girl was repeatedly hit in the face by a man and then thrown into a wall at a Glasgow train station.

British Transport Police are investigating the assault on Platform 8 of Queen Street Station on Saturday 16 February.

The teenager was with three other young people when the attack happened at about 13:00.

Teenage girl hit in the face by man at Glasgow train station

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

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Dr Stuart Waiton of Abertay University’s School of Social and Health Sciences – should resign

Spotting an item on a Holyrood committee taking evidence on the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill, which is set to remove the defence of “justifiable assault” in Scots law, which currently allows parents to use physical punishment on children, I was fairly shocked to read the views of someone who should, I would have thought, known better.

MSPs heard evidence first from a panel of four, including Dr Stuart Waiton, of Abertay University’s School of Social and Health Sciences.

He told the committee the bill “criminalises parents”.

He argued that the concept of children having rights was “nonsense”, adding: “Children don’t have the same framework of rights as adults, they have protections.”

Asked by Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP if he also supports physical punishment of women, he said “adults and children are very different”.

He said MSPs were “living on another planet” if they thought smacking was “a form of violence that harms them”.

Dr Waiton said a smacking ban could mean cases of children being “seriously abused and battered might get lost in a sea of complaints by caring professionals who are now reporting every smacking incident”

He expressed concern that if the government was to be “logically consistent” then it would eventually end up banning parents from grounding their children too, because the smacking ban bill could lead to problems around “almost any form of discipline whatsoever”.

Dr Waiton added: “I would suggest you think again before making this a criminal offence.”

MSPs hear plans to ban smacking ‘criminalises parents’

He sounds like a dinosaur (which would probably be smarter) from the days when children were to be “Seen and not heard”.

I wonder if he would change his views if subjected to a few good rounds of ‘smackings’ from an overzealous parent who lost control, but was excused on the basis of the beating/assault not being considered any sort of offence since it was called a ‘smacking’ and not a ‘beating’ or ‘assault’?

Aren’t we told that child abusers like to excuse or hide their activities by giving them innocent sounding names to hide the truth by calling them something else?

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28/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

A few quiet days, then the madness is back.

I pass this store, fairly often sometimes, not this late in the day, and fortunately have little reason to drop in.

A teenage boy and an elderly woman have been injured after a disturbance broke out near a city centre supermarket.

Police Scotland officers were called to Tesco on Sauchiehall Street around 7.50pm last night after reports of ‘youths shouting and carrying baseball bats’.

When officers arrived a teen was found with an injured arm, and an elderly woman had fallen.

Teen and elderly woman injured after ‘disturbance’ outside city centre supermarket

Seven youths charged over disturbance at city centre supermarket

Police reassure public as seven youths charged following disturbance at supermarket

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

27/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

A spot I am at all too often since the fire at the Mackintosh Building, but at least not likely at the time given.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with an alleged robbery.

Around 9.50pm on Wednesday, February 13, a 36-year-old man was in Renfrew Street, at the bottom of the stairs that lead to Hill Street, Glasgow, when he allegedly was assaulted and robbed.

A 23-year-old man is due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court today in connection with the incident.

Man arrested after robbery and assault in city centre

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

22/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Off we go again – yet more ‘local’ violence

And again…

While I’ve seldom been on the street named, it’s now one I’m in regularly after the fire at the Mackintosh Building (I was there today, just passing through though), thankfully not likely as late as the time given.

It also leads to a nice viewing platform over the west.

Police are hunting two teenagers who assaulted and robbed a man in the city centre last night.

The 36-year-old was in Renfrew Street, at the bottom of the stairs that lead to Hill Street when he was approached by the pair at around 9:50pm. The man did not require medical attention at the time.

The two suspects, are white, aged between 17 and 19 years old. One was wearing dark coloured clothing and the other was wearing light coloured clothing. One of the men was carrying a small bottle of vodka with a red cap.

Police hunt two thugs who assaulted and robbed man in city centre

Violent crimes

Violent crimes

14/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

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