Bumbling Peterborough Police treat armed robbery as false alarm

When staff at Peterborough’s Solstice bar raised the alarm during a recent armed robbery, Police attending the scene decided it was just a false alarm after finding no evidence of a break in after attending the scene.

To make matters worse, the alarm company ignored subsequent alarms and failed to contact the nominated keyholder to advise of the situation. Not that the key holder would have been able to respond of course, they were held up inside the building and locked in an office whilst robbers helped themselves to takings.

And the cherry on the icing – an automated letter from Thorpe Wood Police Station was sent soon after explaining how false alarms are a waste of Police time!

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Web Design Peterborough

Most companies, when looking to outsource website design or development, start in their local area, typically with a Google search tagging on their town/county at the end of a keyword list such as:

…you get the idea.

A lot of the search results for “web design peterborough” are for directories that with a bit of clever URL and keyword work, consistently placing in the first two pages. This makes it difficult for reputable Peterborough-based Web Design agencies and those further afield within Cambridgeshire to get themselves noticed.

For such agencies, it is important to build awareness to their online presence using as many means as possible, such as registering domain names such as Web Design Peterborough or incorporating Peterborough into their URL.

Microsoft cuts Xbox 360 prices

The Xbox 360 Elite is on it’s way people – news of Microsoft’s price cuts mean a lot of happy gamers!

I’m holding out on buying a 360 until Halo3’s released, so hopefully we’ll be seeing plenty of bundles and deals taking advantage of the new lower prices.
I wonder if the revised heatsink models have started to reach stores yet…

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Facebook starting to smell like Myspace

Tech.co.uk writer James Rivington posted the following article about Facebook and how it’s not as good as it used to be… and how it’s adopting more and more of the aspects which make MySpace so infuriating.

“Facebook accounts will be abandoned in their millions, just like what is happening with MySpace,” it says. “You might as well just blend the two sites together and call it MybookSpaceFace.”

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UK Xbox 360 Elite launch a bit subdued

Has it been confirmed that the Elite will feature the second GPU heatsink which is said to fix the problems associated with overheating?

Are they going to be releasing a range of matt-black accessories to suit the Elite’s case? I don’t fancy having a wishy washy grey HD-DVD drive next to my svelte black 360 unit.

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Vitulli Racing Formula Renault BARC Team

Formula Renault team Vitulli Racing are getting set for rounds one and two of the Formula Renault Winter Championship due to take place at Donington Park National Circuit on November 3rd. ? Rounds three and four move to North Yorkshire’s Croft circuit the following week.

The high profile event saw current British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton make his car racing debut in 2001 before winning the Formula Renault UK title in 2003.

An additional class will allow for cars with air intake modifications to compete with those with the 2007 bodykit upgrade.
Vitulli Racing Team Principle John Vitulli explained: The series will include a class for Formula Renault BARC FR2000 Class cars, which will have the air restrictor removed from the engine to allow them to run closer to the pace of the cars with the 2007 bodykit upgrade.

At each race meeting, grid slots will be set by the two fastest times from one 20-minute qualifying session. Renault Sport UK is currently negotiating exclusive testing for all competitors, which will take place on Thursday, 1st November at Donington Park and Friday, 9th November at Croft.

The Formula Renault UK with Michelin Winter Championship will share top billing at both race meetings with the ELF Renault Clio Winter Cup, with support races to be confirmed by the BARC.

French driver Franck Mailleux, who recently won his first F3 Euroseries race, won the 2006 Winter title with a clean sweep of four wins for the Manor Motorsport team.

Commenting on the announcement of the series, Championship Manager Simon North said: ?We had a full grid of cars last year with a number of drivers making their debuts in single-seater cars, as Lewis did in 2001. It is an ideal opportunity for young drivers and karters to race in a competitive environment ahead of a full season in Formula Renault UK.

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FoxyTag for a safer Peterborough

It’s a simple concept – a virtual GPS tags signalled when close to a speed camera get stored on the FoxyTag database. Then, when closer than 15 seconds away, the display of your mobile device updates, showing you the location of the speed camera giving you enough advanced warning so that you stay informed and safe on the roads.

From the FoxyTag website

“You are also invited to signal speed cameras that have already been tagged; by confirming their presence, you create trust links with other users and get more reliable information. The system excludes automatically users that do not vote “like the others”. Roughly speaking, the more you participate, the more the information you get is reliable.

FoxyTag is a “collaborative” system. Tags posted by FoxyTag are directional. So, tags posted for users driving in the opposite direction won’t be signalized to you.

FoxyTag motivates neither speeding nor any other risky behavior, but allows the driver to concentrate on the road instead of having is eyes fixed on the speedometer, by fear of being flashed. We observe that drivers tend to brake suddenly when they see a speed camera (even if they are not speeding), which can provoke traffic jams or even accidents. FoxyTag signals in advance the presence of speed cameras, so that the driver has enough time to check its speed and adapt it if necessary.”

Given that Peterborough is grinding to a halt thanks to endless roadworks littered with speed cameras,? systems like FoxyTag can only be a good thing. I’ve already got myself a GPS receiver thanks to my DIY Satnav so I’ll be reporting on my FoxyTag findings shortly.