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Lightning Mate
16th Jan 2013, 09:39
The Crook Neighbourhood Police Team in County Durham sent out a message to
youngsters warning them that they would face arrest if they threw snowballs.

WTFO........?

27mm
16th Jan 2013, 09:59
Wait a minute "The Crook Neighbourhood Police Team..." - you're havin' a larf, aintcha?

Lightning Mate
16th Jan 2013, 10:14
Nope - it was on the internet news this morning.

Crook (uncommonly known as Crook Market Town) is a market town in County Durham. It is situated about 10 miles south-west of Durham.

oxenos
16th Jan 2013, 10:30
Sounds more like a few miles past Barking.

G-CPTN
27th Jan 2013, 22:32
BBC News - Aviemore dog sled race cancelled over safety concerns (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-21220103)

Fox3WheresMyBanana
27th Jan 2013, 22:45
Crook, as with many small towns in the NE has little going for it. There are no jobs. If you go to college, when you leave there are still no jobs. The community centre has been closed for 8 years.

I used to live near there. The snowballs will have rocks in.

The local 16 year old will have a dad who has never had a job. His dad was brought up in a house where his dad was always unemployed. They have zero experience of life as you and I know it. Local girls use the bus shelter for protection during sex. I thought this was a joke till the first time we left the pub and saw it. It turned out this was the local live entertainment.

G-CPTN
27th Jan 2013, 22:58
From Wiki:- Crook first appeared as an agricultural village around 1795.
40 years later, Crook became a mining village, and thrived as the coal was very close to the surface and soon there were over 20 mines around the Crook area, and by the end of the nineteenth century the town had developed rapidly in population and economy.
A lot of the population in the area declined in the following century as the coal mines and industries closed with over 34% of the population being unemployed.

Rail Engineer
27th Jan 2013, 23:03
The Crook Neighbourhood Police Team in County Durham sent out a message
to youngsters warning them that they would face arrest if they threw snowballs.This is absolutely NOTHING to do with Health & Safety :ugh:

If you bother to read the Police website they are acting in response to public complaints about snowballs being thrown at houses.

parabellum
27th Jan 2013, 23:03
Didn't Crook Town FC win the FA Amateur Football Cup once?

G-CPTN
27th Jan 2013, 23:18
Also from Wiki:- Crook has a famous amateur football team, Crook Town F.C.
Crook Town have won the FA Amateur Cup five times, most recently beating Enfield F.C. in 1964, before the cup was abolished in 1974. This record is second only to Crook's near neighbours, Bishop Auckland F.C.. The club have also reached the third round of the FA Cup and formed a key role in the development of FC Barcelona, playing a number of friendly matches in the 1910s and 1920s.

Bishop Auckland Football Club are an English football team based in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. They are one of the most successful amateur sides, having won the old FA Amateur Cup on 10 occasions (3 in succession in 19555657), and losing finalists on a further 8.

parabellum
28th Jan 2013, 09:02
Thanks G-CPTN :ok:

toffeez
28th Jan 2013, 10:45
Clearly the girls are not unemployed.

Fox3WheresMyBanana
28th Jan 2013, 11:35
They don't charge.

Kulverstukas
28th Jan 2013, 12:57
Local girls use the bus shelter for protection during sex

Always thought that this thing called a condom. :sad:

Nigd3
28th Jan 2013, 16:00
Kulverstukas

I think Fox3 was adding a little dark humour to make his point about the youth mentality of the town.

OFSO
28th Jan 2013, 16:13
Local girls use the bus shelter for protection during sex.

And what do the girls who don't live locally use ?

toffeez
28th Jan 2013, 16:19
a) A girl from Crook

or

b) A 787 APU battery


ho ho
.

tony draper
28th Jan 2013, 16:28
The irony being that these small mining town scattered throughout the North were once known as the most law abiding places in England,a constable would visit once a year and inform the ordinance survey that they were still there.
Pitmen tended to police their own streets,any problem individuals or families were drummed out of town and no messing.
Talk about the financial crisis causing economic problem is bollix these places have never recovered from the harrying of the north by the Grantham hag.
:)

El Grifo
28th Jan 2013, 17:24
Talk about the financial crisis causing economic problem is bollix these places have never recovered from the harrying of the north by the Grantham hag.


:D :D :D ccccccc

tony draper
28th Jan 2013, 17:39
Mind you some of them did derail the Flying Scotsman during the General Strike.:uhoh:

Rail Engineer
28th Jan 2013, 18:58
Talk about the financial crisis causing economic problem is bollix these places have never recovered from the harrying of the north by the Grantham hag.Nothing to do with the fact that (a) demand for domestic coal was plumetting as a result of electric central heating replacing domestic coal fires, the falling world demand for coal (for broadly similar reasons), and the fact that coal from the Soviet Union, eg Poland was being delivered to the doorstep cheaper than the cost of extracting it to the pit-head in the UK ?

I dont recall from those days the ordinary working person demanding to pay more money so that they could buy British coal, or indeed any British manufactured product - indeed quite the reverse, the rapid descent of the UK economy down the toilet started from the middle 1970s onwards.

With regards to the collieries, if you get chance to read the various biographies of the Labour politicians and Ministers who were around at that time, you will find that they would have had to instigate the same cuts that Mrs T did in any case, as a financial restructuring of the economy was a requirement of the IMF if it were to continue to support the and the economy. They also had asked the NCB to prepare a closure plan which would have been implemented had Labour remained in power. That plan was broadly the one that the NCB actioned in anycase.

The reason so many more collieries closed was down to the actions of the NUM and Scargill who withdrew maintenance shifts and thus many viable collieries became flooded and unworkable as the (now accepted as being Politically-motivated - commented as such by Tony Blair) strike went along. Incidentally again the same biographies will reveal that most of the Labour Party and former Ministers were privately opposed to the Strike, and would have taken the same position as Mrs T had they been in power.

As an interesting aside, did you know that more collieries have been closed under Labour Governments that ever were under Conservative Governments - figures available from NCB archives by the way.


From a different perspective I also think the fact that the various socialists wanted to continue to send men to work in a dangerous Industry that results in most suffering from debillitating physiological illnesses at the end of their lives is quite ironic.

One of the "richest" places in the North East in the late 80s was Middlesbrough (if I remember correctly), when the price of property rocketed as former steel workers used their redundancy to buy up houses.

Anyway Mr Draper I did not single you out to attack you, and I have no desire to start or get involved in what will be an inevitable slanging match over Mrs T but I did rather think of the irony inherent in the comment. Once it was the upper classes who were accused of forcing the downtrodden workers into dangerous and health-destroying workplaces. I just wish that some 30 years on we could at least have moved away to the facts rather than the disingenuous rhetoric put about at the time.

toffeez
28th Jan 2013, 19:15
Somebody once posted that the only two men with the balls enough to save my country in the last century were W Churchill and M Thatcher.

One from the enemy without, one from the enemy within.

In both cases we made it intact, but only just.

tony draper
28th Jan 2013, 19:46
I did alright under the hag but I loath and despise the woman,she destroyed so much of our working class society and now again ironically they have to import a new one from eastern Europe as the one we had has turned into Orwells drug and crime ridden proles with no future.
Still anything that keeps the South East fat and sassy is ok,just piss on the rest of the country,twas ever thus.
That is all I have to say on the hag,I dont even want to think about her.
:suspect:

Fox3WheresMyBanana
28th Jan 2013, 21:35
I think, and always have, that Maggie's mistake was not taking on the Unions, but that thinking capitalism would just naturally solve the subsequent unemployment.

MagnusP
29th Jan 2013, 09:27
Local girls use the bus shelter for protection during sex.
And what do the girls who don't live locally use ?

The number 69?