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“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
Rifles and automatic weapons seized
13 August 2015
Seven people have now been charged as a result of a National Crime Agency investigation into the suspected importation of firearms.
Officers seized 22 automatic assault rifles, 9 Skorpion machine pistols, 58 magazines, 2 silencers and around 1000 live rounds of ammunition following an operation on the afternoon of Tuesday 11 August.
Eight people – seven men and a woman all aged between 24 and 58 – were detained by the NCA’s Armed Operations Unit (AOU) and Kent Police Tactical Firearms Command.
Three men and a woman were arrested near the A228 in Cuxton, while three men were detained at a location in Orpington and one at an address in Swanley. The man arrested at Swanley has been released on bail. The others have been charged with importing and possessing firearms.
The guns were seized in holdalls and a suitcase, which also contained numerous magazines and ammunition, from a van as it left Cuxton. It followed the arrival of the MV Albernina, a motor cruiser, which had travelled to the UK from France. The operation to track the vessel involved the NCA working closely with Border Force and the National Maritime Information Centre (NMIC).
Deputy Director Graham Gardner from the NCA said: “This was an extremely significant seizure, the largest of its kind in the UK. I’ve no doubt that these weapons would have ended up in criminal hands and it goes without saying the risk they would have posed to the public.
“We are still in the early stages of a significant investigation which will continue for some time. Through the excellent work and action taken alongside Kent Police we have made a huge step in protecting the public in Kent and further afield.”
The seven have been remanded in custody and are expected to appear via video link at Medway Magistrates Court tomorrow, Friday 14 August. They are:
David Kenneth PAYNE, DOB 28/08/1972, Rochester Road, Halling, Rochester
Jennifer Katherine ARTHY, 16/11/1973, Rochester Road, Halling, Rochester
John Stephen SMALE, 27/04/1957, Rochester Road, Halling, Rochester
Christopher John OWEN, 23/09/1985, Bush Road, Cuxton, Rochester
Harry David SHILLING, 11/04/1993, Hart Dyke Road, Swanley
Michael George DEFRAINE, 03/10/1985, Franklin Road, Bexleyheath
Richard RYE, 06/06/1991, Lime Road, Swanley
A 28-year-old man from Swanley has been released on bail pending further enquiries until 24 September.
My area (Devon & Cornwall police) are looking at bringing legal action against the Home Secretary to stop the cuts, but personally I don't expect them to win the battle.
I've never been one to depend on the police though, my friend's Nan got robbed, no call to the police, my friends daughter beaten up, no call, heck I could name many many incidents in life when my social circle has dealt with it ourselves, a few less cops where I live and I'd hardly notice seeing as they as are as rare as hens teeth these days.
originally posted by: grainofsand
a reply to: prism
Totally agreed. I have a lot of time for our cops, and I have to ask ATS when was the last time you saw a youtube of actual UK police brutality such as we see from the US almost every day?
Both myself and friends have physically backed coppers up over the years when dealing with violent offenders and losing the battle while awaiting backup. They are vastly outnumbered here in my police area, and only 1 in 10 have a tazer, the rest just telescopic batons.
No, I'm at the sleepy coast these days but I did live in Plymouth for 3 years when I was at Uni. To be honest I always feel safe in Plymouth even areas like Devonport, Stonehouse, St Budeaux & N.Prospect, some of the most decent people you can find there.
originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
a reply to: grainofsand
Am i right in thinking your in a fairly rough area,my brother used to live in Plymouth some 20 years ago and it was pretty rough back then from what i remember of it....
That is what concerns me, barely literate SIA badged security guards walking the streets after a 2 week course.
originally posted by: bastion
G4S on the other hand are just paid thugs - that's where the contracts will all go according to mates in CID coppers on the street will be a thing of the past in a few years with shops etc using private security guards instead.