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Police and Crime Commissioner says “cowardly actions of extremists” cannot change the way people live their lives

Cowardly extremists cannot be allowed to dictate the way people live their lives, Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has said.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis’ comments come after the deaths of 22 people in a terrorist attack in Manchester.

And he has urged locals to remain vigilant to the threat of terrorism.

“We cannot allow the cowardly actions of extremists to change the way we live our lives,” Mr Ellis said. “I’m reassured by the briefing I’ve received today following the events in Manchester.

“Communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent must remain vigilant and it is vital that all of us, no matter how hard it might be, support our police and security services with information.”

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  1. Rob

    23rd May, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Funny how the usual suspects come out with their “love conquers hate” and “we stand united” utterances whilst holding hashtags and lighting candles, whenever the latest of these regular attocities occur.
    These calls wear a bit thin when the very same people launch into a diatribe of vitriol against President Trump or anyone who dared to vote to leave the EU. It’s almost like hypocricy you could say.
    Still, the same ones who treated us to their twittering of Easterwatch and ToryJesus will no doubt let their unbounded humour loose on something hilarious to do with the upcoming Ramadan or leftie Mohammed.

  2. Toast

    23rd May, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Shut up, Rob.

  3. Darryl

    23rd May, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Anyone have a clue what Rob is banging on about?

  4. Rob

    23rd May, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    That’s it shut up, fingers in ears.
    Carry on as normal.

  5. Cearbhaill

    23rd May, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Cowardly actions of extremists cannot change the way people live their lives”..What a ridiculous statement to make. Try telling that to the parents of those killed and maimed or to the young people who have sustained life changing injuries that you cannot even imagine. So yes, just carry on as if nothing ever happened – hurry along, there is nothing to see here; Until it happens again and again and again. I note that Ellis along with most of the MSM and politicians are dropping the adjective Islamic from the noun Extremist.

  6. John Griffin

    24th May, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Idiots. When the IRA were bombing us (yes I am old enough to have been a parent then)and N. Ireland was a war zone, some of you on here would have us interning Irish, deporting Protestants and Catholics and demolishing churches. Or maybe you think that would be stupid? Or maybe it’s just some of you are simply racist, and Muslim is code for ‘coloured’.

  7. Darryl

    24th May, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    No Rob, no fingers, I just don’t know what you’re trying to say.

    But then again, I can’t tell if John is for or against either…

  8. Chris

    24th May, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    The fact is that you are far less likely to be caught up in a terrorist act in the UK, or in Europe, than at any time in the last 40 or 50 years. The only thing that has increased is press coverage, everything that happens is constantly played over and over and over again.
    You want to escape the fear or terror, turn your TV off, stop clicking on the news websites over and over again, step away from social media. In short, live your life whilst you can, the odds are massively in your favour when it comes to terrorists, they are still in your favour each and every time you get in a car, or climb a ladder, although much less so. Getting into a bed and goign to sleep one of the most dangerous things you can do, but most of us survive it each night.

  9. John Griffin

    24th May, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I’m utterly against this hate-filled far-right ignorant rubbish, often uttered by people with no clue or knowledge, abetted by a small number of professional agitators such as Katie Hopkins and Paul Dacre..

  10. Rob

    24th May, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Because slaughtering a couple of dozen youngsters out enjoying themselves isn’t hate-filled at all.
    Difficult childhood, mental health issues, bullied on social media ………………

  11. Darryl

    25th May, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Well of course it is hate filled, what’s your point?

  12. Chris

    25th May, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    The solution to too many arseholes is never more arseholes.

  13. Rob

    25th May, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Reply to “this hate-filled far-right ignorant rubbish”.

  14. John Griffin

    25th May, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Rob you invent your own answers to your own invented questions. You are in need of serious education and enlightenment. And for your information, NOBODY has denied the hate, NOBODY has come up with the ‘explanations’ you quote. It’s in your tiny brain alone.
    BTW Manchester is where I was born, almost exactly where the bombing took place many years ago when it had a catholic mother-and-baby home. I take this, as I did the IRA bomb there, very seriously indeed. So stop trivialising adult discussion with your sneers.

  15. Darryl

    25th May, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    With regards to Matthew Ellis, can anyone tell me what PCCs do that gives us value for money?

    ‘Fag packet’ maths:

    There are 43 police forces in the UK, ergo 43 PCCs with 43 deputies, aside from capital spend budgets the salaries alone amount to £8.38 million.

    That’s 349 officers on a probationary starting salary of £24,000.

    Aside from resurrecting Police Cadets, which I’m sure any Chief Constable could do, or putting out statements like this, which I know a Chief Constable can. What does he do?

  16. Rob

    25th May, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Well John, my “tiny brain” would obviously be unable to cope with the level of education and enlightenment that you’ve benefitted from. You called me “dimbo” and “a joke” in the retirement apartment thread, thus revealing my inability to match your oratory and inter-personal skills also.

  17. Adam Elsdon

    26th May, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Darryl, you have hit the nail on the head, not an awful lot that the Chief Constable isn’t already doing. He mainly appears in grip and grin photos when giving local charities money from the Proceeds of Crime fund, and as he is Conservative, they probably thought he makes a safer mouthpiece to release a statement about Manchester than Fabricant, who has been uncannily quiet recently, infact almost invisible locally in the run up to the election.

  18. Asellus aquaticus

    26th May, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Rob, if I understand your first post correctly, you appear to be implying that Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is one of those “usual suspects” who has previously launched a diatribe of vitriol against Trump and against those who wanted to leave the EU? I’d be delighted if you could point us at these loony left rantings of the former Staffordshire County Council Conservative Cabinet Member.

    Otherwise, heaven forbid that we should be left with the impression that you’ve simply used the broad topic area of the article to vent your own personal diatribe, irrespective of the actual content of the article. But you’d never do that, would you?

  19. Darryl

    26th May, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    @ Adam

    I agree completely, at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, it is one of my biggest complaints about PCCs – the politicisation of the police, who, at their fundamental level, should be a-political.

  20. Rob

    27th May, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Wrong x 2

  21. John Griffin

    27th May, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    The PCC for Devon & Cornwall was elected despite being subject to electoral fraud investigation AND the local Police Federation declaring lack of confidence in Alison Hernandez.
    “12 Apr 2017 – Investigators examining whether a police and crime commissioner failed to properly declare expenses during the last general election have referred the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service. The Independent Police Complaints Commissionhas sent the CPS a file on the allegations”

  22. John Griffin

    27th May, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    BTW why should Fabricant get a police presence when he voted for cuts? One law for the 1%?