And we remember those responsible for your death. Never to be forgotten.
And probably Farewell from us too. Job done (unless they float back up again).
In September 2012 we launched this blog purely as a means to expose a pair of sick trolls using the names Roxanne Summers and Heather Jones. Not being sure at the time whether Summers and Jones were real identities, we incorrectly referred to them as ‘she’ in the purely feminine sense. How wrong we were.
Though their behaviour – and that of some very willing accomplices – has been disgusting, this was only ever intended to be a brief and temporary taste of their own medicine, and for a while it turned into a hilarious pantomime with more dumb characters and drama queens than a series of TOWIE.
But in the end, sadly, it exposed the true nature of some vile people and the lengths they were prepared to go in order to harm one particular family, including a young girl, and ultimately an innocent dog.
Lennox would probably be alive today if it wasn’t for the hate campaign waged against him – all the time falsely disguised as ‘concern’ for his welfare – with the sole intention of destroying his family.
That hate campaign began first with Sandie Lightfoot, quickly followed by Sarah Gunther and Peter Tallack, backed to the hilt by their good friends Mel Page, Melanie Rushmore and Tina Delaney. After that, the rest of the dross attached themselves like leeches.
Admittedly we relished turning the tables, exposing their spiteful and often elaborate lies, and it was a pleasure to see them scuttle away, one by one.
Bullying is cowardly and mindless at the best of times, but it’s anyone’s guess what really possessed a twisted collection of morons to attack Lennox’s family. It could be boiled down to the poisonous Lightfoot’s personal vendetta against them, coupled by the family’s shrewd refusal to accept a self-promoting, disingenuous offer of help from animal-abuser and habitual-liar Sarah Gunther. Then came the corrupt testimonies of Lightfoot and Tallack (perjury). But none of that really explains why so many others climbed aboard the gut wagon to intimidate and bully Len’s family – and every single one of them did just that.
We hope that, with the invaluable help of our friends and supporters, we have managed to ensure that Lightfoot, Tallack, Gunther, Page, Rushmore, Phillips, Delaney and the rest of the Hate Campaign will always be remembered for what they are; vindictive, dishonest and cunning.
We will never forget you Lennox. In spite of – or perhaps because of – your tragic and wholly avoidable treatment and death, you will always remain a gentle and beautiful ambassador for all innocent victims of a BullShit Law.
And we will never forget you, sweet, gentle Fudge, unbelievably just five months old when seized and killed – yet another faultless target for callous, spiteful Jobsworths and Trolls, who saw you and your mum as another mark for their twisted malice.
Another year dear Lennox, and still BSL is claiming victims based almost entirely on looks and a tape measure.
Some unfortunate victims are chosen through the over-zealous, ignorant jobsworths of this world.
But others, like you Lennox, become the tragic marks of narcissistic, spiteful, deceitful, and often androgynous excuses for humans, with no other agenda than self-promotion and malice.
In your case, that ultimately back-fired on the grubby individuals involved in a disgusting campaign against you and your family. But it couldn’t bring you back.
So, even though we don’t believe for one second that you were still alive on 11 July 2012, having already been destroyed by Belfast City Council long before that date, today we celebrate your short time with a loving family and hope that you will always remain an ambassador to all victims of the hugely flawed, immoral and unprincipled DDA.
We also remember you sweet Fudge…
You were the innocent victim of a mob-handed, bullying, over-reaction of the cruellest kind.
It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve tried using that excuse, and we expected to see it again back in July, following Sarah Gunther‘s forced animal abuse admission, but some would be hard pushed to make it stick given their continued support of Gunther or, in this instance, one of her thin disguises, Esme Weatherwax (currently AWOL) :
Esme Weatherwax-Gunther has been around for a while, certainly well before her court case, although several people joined the Esme friends list after Gunther’s conviction for animal abuse (sickening).
Gunther locked down the page shortly after a comment appeared on this blog, which could be coincidental, but it’s a mystery why she bothered; everyone knew it was her. Maybe her dear friends didn’t like the exposure.
And now some HC‘s are, all of a sudden, sharing and sympathising with Last Chance Conscience Clearance ; something about –
“I wish she could feel the guilt and shame I feel for allowing myself to be taken in by such manipulative and cruel person“.
So, in spite of several warnings over several years ; in spite of never having met the woman nor set foot anywhere near EGAR ; in spite of knowing Gunther used fake profiles to troll (fair enough, so did they) ; in spite of joining her on Lem (anti-Lennox hate) pages and The Lav ; in spite of never being privy to a shred of evidence for anything Gunther claimed ; in spite of all that, they would like it very much if you would believe them when they say, very sincerely, that they are disgusted, deeply hurt and clueless about what was going on.
You couldn’t make it up. But they could. They made it up as they went along based almost entirely on Gunther‘s say-so. The only reason they’re bleating in public now is because mud sticks, rendering as utter crap any ‘guilty by association‘ excuses.
Karin has been very much involved with Gunther for a while, and some have said they know each other personally from way back. Either way, Kulessa and Gunther are joined at the hip.
Vet Bills EGAR is a group they both set up to raise money ‘for vets bills‘ :
The 850 Euros they were after represented funds Gunther should already have had. It was made to look authentic and above board by inviting donations direct to the vets, allowing other ‘funds’ to be used as Gunther saw fit and, as we all now know (and weren’t her supporters warned countless times before?), she did not use all donations for animal welfare.
And now it seems Karin Kulessa is looking for financial help for Lasse, which is her own dog?? Unless those funds are to be paid direct to a vet, it couldn’t possibly be another means to use excess cash for Gunther could it, bearing in mind that fees relating to her court case are due for payment imminently?
Knowing how devious and dishonest Gunther is, what are the odds on any of her claims and stories being true? Stories such as the vans breaking down (year after year!); the alleged attack on her property; the mysterious and invisible fosterers; Buster?
… and all victims of Breed Specific Legislation.
There isn’t much we can add to the sentiments for this sad day – the Save Lennox Campaign has expressed them much better than we ever could :
“ Heartfelt Thanks To Maria Daines (DDA Watch) And Kellie For The Lennox 2nd Anniversary Song & Video. Special Thanks To Barnes Family Friend & Lennox Campaign Supporter, Elle For The ‘Remember Lennox’ Logo.
Today, July 11th Will Mark Another Very Sad Anniversary Of Lennox’s Murder At The Bloody Hands Of Corrupt, Cruel Belfast City Council And Those Well Known Individuals Who Assisted The Council With Their Lies To Ensure Lennox’s Death And In Doing So Lined Their Own Pockets. ”
But we can remind ourselves that, along with an inherently corrupt local authority, the following repugnant and phony people have all, without exception, had a direct impact on Lennox‘s fate and/or were responsible for the shocking and malignant hate campaign against his family, including a 13 year old child:
We’ve covered these before:
Gunther has her own self-created problems at the moment, so for the time being we’ll let it simmer. It needs no help from us – she’s doing a grand job hanging herself without assistance from anyone.
But unfortunately and very tragically it has come to light that there have been many victims of her ego; animals that have suffered and even died, and alarmingly she is still in business.
No doubt she’ll change her name (again) and attempt to hide her past (again). There are only so many times you can make your past disappear.
Let’s also not forget The Witches Three:
More to come on them in the near future, not least because they’ve supplied dogs to Gunther (along with Lightfoot and allegedly Delaney).
However, if they could just get over their obsession with numbers or, to be more precise, envy of another organisation, we’d be able to let it drop. Since that’s obviously never going to happen (at least not until they find themselves swinging from a rope like their best friend Sarah Gunther), we’ll carry on.
We leave you with some more reminders.
MIchelle Delaney aka Tina Delaney Animal Welfare Newham
~ Appalling and tragic as it is, Lennox’s death was set in stone the day Belfast City Council ordered him seized, on Wednesday the 19th May 2010.
In fact many believe Lennox’s destruction was a foregone conclusion the day Lightfoot turned up at the family home days earlier (11th May 2010), compounded by Tallack’s involvement – something he claimed was accidental because he ‘just happened to be in Belfast at the time‘ [link]. Given the many times he’s contradicted himself and forgotten his own lies, it’s probably safe to say that his involvement was anything BUT ‘accidental’.
The mere fact that Belfast City Council had Tallack at its’ disposal is neither here nor there – BCC, with crony Lightfoot’s help, would have ensured the same outcome for Lennox’s fate and found others to do their bidding – after all, there must be other fake ‘experts’ out there dense enough to falsify evidence for a reward of almost eight grand (the ‘official’ fee given to Tallack as a NON-expert witness).
But BCC did have Peter Tallack as cohort to Sandie Lightfoot – the ideal amoral and dishonest double act.
We don’t feel able to legitimately include the ‘official’ date of Lennox’s death announced by Belfast City Council because it’s more than likely he was killed long before that day. Doubters should consider that BCC counsellors consistently refused requests by the family to say goodbye to Lennox; they ignored all of Victoria Stilwell’s offers to take him out of the country, and even refused Sarah Fisher permission to attend Lennox’s execution and take his ashes and collar back to the family.
Add to that more Sandie Lightfoot lies, this time where she allegedly made a habit of visiting Lennox while he was incarcerated, when she supposedly drove miles out of her way to take him gifts and toys – all off her own back, out of the goodness of her heart, in her spare time, yada yada.
What a shame she was inflicted with occasional memory loss and on those particular occasions forgot to take her camera and/or phone, instead having to rely on someone else to provide a photo of a different dog to show her own ‘proof’ of Lennox’s wonderful life behind bars! [link].
But that wasn’t enough for this twisted and warped excuse – she stalked and intimidated her targets on more than one occasion [link], even allowing a photo she’d taken of their home to be used by her disguised Facebook friends to ridicule Lennox’s family [link].
Given what we all know about Lightfoot and Tallack, we end this post with a reminder that all the following were close friends or closely associated with each before Lennox was seized; all of them were on Facebook in one guise or another, and all of them supported each other to the hilt during the two year Hate Campaign – and nothing has changed :
Among others [link]: Sarah Gunther, Sandie Lightfoot, Tina Delaney, Peter Tallack, Mel Page, Melanie Rushmore
Remembering Lennox, His Family, and All Victims of BSL
A Message from the Save Lennox Campaign:
On April 1st Join Us As We Remember Lennox On His 9th Birthday & All Those Past & Present Affected By Breed Specific Legislation. Help Us Spread The Word About Lennox’s 9th Birthday Campaign called,#EachOneReachOne Aimed At Informing Others About Breed Specific Legislation.
To mark another birthday without Lennox we ask you to reach out and tell someone about Breed Specific Legislation as there are still so many still unaware about BSL and too many innocent dogs are losing their lives. Just like Lennox, these dogs are much loved family pets who have never harmed anyone or anything, their only crime was simply being born looking a certain way.
BSL is wrong, BSL tears families apart, the only way to fight it is to stand together and protest that enough is enough! We demand education not eradication, we demand deed not breed!
The more people educated about responsible dog ownership and BSL the many more lives can be saved.
On April 1st 2014 at 21.00 (9pm) UK time and 16.00 (4pm) EDT join the Lennox campaign for a special Twitter tweetstorm. Here are some ideas of how you can show your support and help spread the word about Lennox’s 9th birthday campaign #EachOneReachOne.
Turn your twitter avatar/profile picture black for 24hrs on April 1st, alternatively you may copy and use the Lennox campaign memorial ribbon avatar/profile picture from this Facebook page or from the @OfficialLennox twitter account.
Change your Facebook timeline picture for 24hrs by copying and using the Lennox 9th birthday memorial timeline cover from this Facebook page.
Update your own Facebook status with Lennox’s story for 24hrs.
Print out an anti BSL leaflet or use the one attached (What You Should Know About BSL) and pass them out in the street or park, ask a shop owner or pet store if you may pin one to a notice board or if you may leave a bundle with them.
We can all help educate others who may not be aware of BSL if each of us reach out and tell one other person, EachOneReachOne.
Lennox will never be forgotten because his spirit lives on in the hearts of his family and in the hearts of millions around the globe who fought for him. Lennox will be forever with us as he is with YOU every time you help others, rescue, adopt, shelter, speak out against cruelty and campaign for the abolishment of BSL. YOU are his legacy, YOU keep his spirit alive, YOU help continue what Lennox could sadly only achieve in death, YOU are Lennox’s Army!
Continue campaigning for truth, continue to speak out and NEVER allow your voices to be silenced no matter how hard it may get… Never give up!
Thank You All. X
To all our friends and supporters.
Wishing you a very Happy 2014.
To our Subjects, we remind you that nothing is forgotten; there’s no hiding place and sooner or later – well, you know the rest.
It’s just a matter of time …
To make better use of this blog, over the next couple of months we’ll be covering things like, say, how someone who wouldn’t know the truth if it bit her in the ass managed to qualify as a local authority employee, and we’ll be pondering the question ‘Do local authorities conduct thorough employee background checks?‘
On the subject of qualifications (or lack of), since it’s been such a big deal for HC members in the past, we’ll be looking at:
We’ll also have a Did You Know slot every now and then. For example, Did You Know That:
You’ve heard about people with names which mirror their professions, such as The Reverend Michael Vickers, neurologist Lord Brain, prison reformer Frances Crook, Constable Lawless, etc. Strange but true, but it isn’t confined to just surnames – did you know that it can also apply to locations; places where (some) people live?
For example, take NOTTS (Nottinghamshire), and then the homonym KNOTS, as in ‘tied up in knots‘ or ‘a knotty problem‘ :
Hmm, must be something to do with ‘cookies‘ 🙂
Regular readers of the fake Heather Jones will recall that ‘she’ often referred to living in London, but knotted her knickers when one of the screenshots she posted showed advertising related to her real location (Nottingham), something we’ve covered before [link].
There sure is a lot going on in Nottingham:
A mere coincidence The Lav aka LLAAV is hosted via Heart Internet, based in Nottingham?
Well maybe, but if there is to be a moral in this post, it’s more about the tangled web of lies they’ve spun for themselves, rather than a knotty problem.
For instance, some people in certain geographical areas have recently gone to extraordinary lengths denying they are involved, in any way, with The Lav, aka LLAAV (some more material for our Guess Who slots) :
Denial is a pointless exercise for several reasons. For starters, there’s the mind-numbing primary school potty conversations among so-called (okay, self-styled) ‘professionals‘ which are uncannily similar to the juvenile, vacuous rants on The Lav, aka LLAAV, coupled with the HC’s almost unanimous attachment to the ‘C‘ word.
Then there’s the sick mentality that prompts them to randomly accuse people of being ‘stalkers of children‘ (go figure), and at least one of them will instantly brand you a ‘pedo‘ (he means ‘paedo‘) every chance he gets, for no apparent reason, other than that subject must be on his mind 24/7 – the same type of sick mentality that controlled the Heather Jones and Roxanne Summers profiles, among others – birds of a feather and all that.
(Which reminds us, where did ‘Angela Mannering’ disappear to?)
Finally, a word to our sponsors – we know some of you are worried (ah bless) that we spend too many precious hours blogging about your antics but, as we told Heather Jones a few months back (before ‘she’ was put out to pasture), on average it takes us about half an hour to stick a blog post together, sometimes a lot less, and that’s because you’ve been kind enough to supply so much material for us to choose from. So there’s really no need to fret. However, we’re not ungrateful, and your concern is noted and appreciated.
July 11, 2013
One year ago today, 11 July 2012, Lennox’s family discovered that he had been put to death by order of Belfast City Council.
They will never know if the outcome might have been different without the manipulated and grossly flawed testimonies of Sandie Lightfoot and Peter Tallack, coupled with the actions and words of a few equally malignant, lying, callous fools.
Belfast City Council, without an ounce of common decency, did not tell the family Lennox had been killed. That task was left to Victoria Stilwell who had arrived in Belfast with the sole intention of asking BCC to consider releasing Lennox to her. Prior to that, Sarah Fisher had made a request to the Council asking if she could be with Lennox on the day of his death, and return his body to the family.
Belfast City Council ignored or refused all pleas and requests.
Disgusting behaviour, much like one of their employees, and it’s a good time to remind certain people that, despite their self-righteous arrogance, sooner or later their past and blatant lies will catch up with them.
Newcomers to the blog may not know that Sandie Lightfoot stalked Lennox’s family, even after his death – naturally she’s always denied it.
Lightfoot has been accused of routinely sitting outside their home on a regular basis, in full view of neighbours and passers-by, doing nothing in particular, just smoking and fiddling with her phone.
Lightfoot says it never happened. Her close friends and acquaintances, Mel Page, Melanie Rushmore, Sarah Gunther, have always backed up her story, knowing it was just another big fat lie :
Any close friend of Lightfoot’s will be able to confirm where she’s parked on that particular day. We say ‘particular day’ because this was not an isolated incident. And needless to say, the van details, times, dates and duration of Lightfoot’s little ‘visits’ were recorded and passed on. Tax-payers of Belfast must surely hope other Council employees don’t make a similar habit of wasting public money.
Of course it’s quite possible Lightfoot had another day off on that occasion and found herself with nothing else better to do except sit in a Council vehicle, wearing her Council uniform, texting away (or pretending to) for some considerable time, before driving off.
There’s no need for us to publish the family’s address – the Hate Campaign wasted no time in doing that months ago. In fact at one point they ‘amused’ themselves, with an image which Lightfoot had obviously supplied [»» link ««]. If the photo in that link wasn’t taken by her then it must mean other members of the HC were stalking the family as well.
Courtesy of Google Maps, an address search shows the buildings seen in the background of the first two images above:
Remembering Lennox and his family for all victims of the moronic BSL
The FACTS (also see Stalking)
A few months after Lennox was seized his owners became aware that a Belfast City Council dog warden van was parked across from their house, which is situated in a small cul-de-sac with little more than a dozen properties. On that occasion they observed dog warden Alexandra (Sandie) Lightfoot sitting alone in the stationary vehicle, smoking a cigarette, watching their property.
The owners contacted Belfast City Council and the person who took their complaint said the matter would certainly be looked into, assuring them that someone would be in touch. However nothing further was heard from anyone at the Council regarding that incident, which doesn’t come as any great surprise.
On a separate occasion (two days prior to a scheduled court hearing), the owners were leaving the house on their way to an appointment with their solicitor, when they observed Sandie Lightfoot sitting in a dog warden van, a foot up on the dash and smoking a cigarette. The van was again parked at the entrance to the cul-de-sac.
When Lightfoot became aware she’d been seen, she “dropped her cigarette out of the van window, took her foot off the dash, started the engine and drove off“, attempting to shield her face with one arm. The owners briefly followed in their car, taking a photograph of the van being driven away at speed (see Gossip & Lies below).
Lightfoot obviously returned to her place of work immediately, because by the time the owners arrived for their appointment someone from BCC had already made contact with their solicitor, who explained Belfast City Council was now accusing them of following Lightfoot while she was going about her normal duties.
Which was odd because, just prior to that incident, a Belfast City Council spokesperson announced to the media that the dog warden directly involved in the Lennox case had ‘gone on indefinite leave‘ due to ‘concerns over her safety’ and apparent ‘threats‘ made against her by ‘Lennox supporters‘.
As no other dog warden was directly involved for any length of time, it must be assumed the Council were referring to Lightfoot and, if she was supposed to be on official and indefinite leave from her employment at the time, it’s unclear why she was in the area that day in her BCC uniform, driving a dog warden van.
When issuing the statement it’s unlikely BCC were referring to anyone other than Lightfoot, as it had already been established that the two other dog wardens present on the day Lennox was seized were not on leave at the time, and neither was Yolanda Elwood, the only other possible candidate for the statement.
If Lightfoot decided to work that day and feared for her own safety, as claimed by BCC, you wonder why she’d risk being alone in a stationary vehicle, window open, casually smoking a cigarette, obviously relaxed and certainly distracted enough to be caught by surprise.
In any case, the statement that Lightfoot was on leave at the time was contradicted outright by the contents of a letter from Belfast City Council received via the owners’ solicitors the day after the incident, stating :
“…on [said] date at [said] time, [they] had been observed taking pictures of Ms Lightfoot [in a van] as she went about her normal work duties and if [they] persist further action will be taken ….and if photographs of this incident find their way online, further action will also be taken”.
The owners wrote back to Belfast City Council:
“If this woman [Lightfoot] was carrying out her normal work duties as you claim in your threatening letter, then can you explain her normal work duties description and terms of employment, as I am sure it doesn’t include being parked up with feet on dashboard and smoking in a company vehicle, followed by littering the street with a cigarette end“.
The owners did upload the photographs to their Save Lennox website including a zoomed image enhancing the van ID number, vents (to show it was a dog warden van) and Lightfoot in the driving seat, which they censored. The Hate Campaign have claimed differently, and that’s covered below in Gossip & Lies.
Strangely enough, Belfast City Council didn’t ‘take further action‘ against the owners, despite the images being made public. Can’t imagine why!
Lightfoot’s ‘visits’ were not isolated incidents and her presence in the vicinity of the owners’ home was observed several times. She was seen driving into the cul-de-sac in question, turning around and driving back out again.
If BCC were telling porkies and Lightfoot was working that day, why was she hanging around a residential area and not out doing her job, instead of wasting tax payer’s money?
Gossip & Lies – Indefinite Leave
The usual convoluted lies have done the rounds on the HC Gut Wagon.
First they accused Lennox’s owners of coming across Sandie Lightfoot during one of her normal working days and then following her around just for the hell of it, and then they said Lightfoot wasn’t working at all that day and therefore couldn’t have been caught doing anything (so they know the particular ‘day’ being referred to when specific details have never been made public?).
Belfast City Council have contradicted one statement with another. They had previously made an announcement claiming Lightfoot was on indefinite leave for the reasons given above, and yet admit in the letter that she was sitting outside their house by warning Lennox’s owners against publicising the images they took of her there.
Gossip & Lies – Van images
The Hate Campaign have had a field day with this one and the reason they got away with it is because only the HC believe their own lies, and most of the time nobody else can be bothered to challenge them. Now that we’re covering the stalking issue, it’s a good time to put the record straight, if only to draw attention again to their desperate and nasty stupidity.
When the image of the dog warden van appeared on Save Lennox, the Hate Campaign jumped in with the story that Lennox’s owners claimed it had been taken from outside the front door of their house. In fact at one time they baffled themselves completely by saying the owners ‘claimed they took the photo from inside the house‘! Both of those lies were based on nothing (no change there).
The second time the image appeared on Save Lennox, it clearly showed that the only tweaking done was to zoom in to identify the van and apply a censor to Lightfoot as the driver. But, always cunning, the Hate Campaign came up with the lie that the original image had been photoshopped and altered. In fact they went to the trouble of placing the two images side by side to show the difference between the distance and zoom! 🙂
Nothing remotely amusing about this:
In July 2012, just a few days after Lennox was killed by Belfast City Council, this vehicle was parked directly outside the owners’ house:
They did not report it and, in any case, it’s not a dog warden vehicle. However, although on this occasion the driver of the van was not Sandie Lightfoot, the occupant is known to the owners.
It’s not easily explained why a Council van should be parked right outside their house, with the driver doing absolutely nothing – neither reading, on the phone or having got out of the vehicle at any point.
The homes and associated properties in that cul-de-sac are private but if the driver wished to park randomly for one reason or another, there are other more convenient and logical areas with easier access where this can be done, without blocking a private drive or parking directly outside someone’s home.
The driver of the van was not a Council maintenance worker. Details of the van, including ID number, the driver, date and times were recorded.
We’re covering a statement the Hate Campaign maintain is a direct quote from Peter Tallack in reply to questions one of them apparently sent to him last year.
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The questions apparently put to Peter Tallack :
“In your experience do you think Lennox stands any chance at all of being allowed to live? Could he be reassessed and rehomed somewhere well away from his former home?”
The alleged response from Peter Tallack :
“ The honest answer from me is, no I don’t think he could be safely re-homed anywhere.
When I examined him he was the most unpredictable PBT I have ever dealt with and that is taking everything into consideration. (1)
I don’t know if you [are] aware the first defence expert used by the Barnes family never even took him out of the kennel, she just said Pit Bull Dangerous!! and that was that. Her statement has never been mentioned or served on the Council. (2)
The second expert as you are aware was David Ryan who stopped his examination when Lennox lunged at him.
The third examination by Sarah was a farce and no real test whatsoever. (3)
Again I don’t know if you are aware but at the first Magistrates hearing there was me and the DW who said he was unpredictable. David Ryan and then Caroline Barnes in evidence said that Lennox had always been bad with strangers and was always leaded and muzzled since they had him. (4)
There were no family photographs of Lennox in the house or with her children which does lean toward our suspicions that Lennox was permanently chained in their yard. (5)
It is my view that Lennox is not a cross breed but pure PBT and for this behaviour is worrying, generally pure PBT when they have been looked after have superb temperaments. I really don’t know but suspect something has changed his temperament/ behaviour. (6)
Again I don’t know if you are aware the only person who has successfully made any bond with Lennox is the dog warden who was slaughtered by the campaign and yet every week drove all the way to the kennels just to spend time with him. (7)
Sadly it is my view that Lennox was the wrong dog to campaign for. There have been many other cases that could have been much more worth while cases. I do believe the law needs amending. (8)
I will say and my view will never change, human life must come first! It is very sad but because of some really stupid people out there, there has to [be a] law to protect human life and this is one of them.
I wish I had a magic wand and banish one or people out there, but I have now been involved in four fatalities in the last five years and three of those have been young children, if I had a pound for every time I’ve heard, if only I’d known or if only!
You can see why it was not a straight forward yes no answer! Sorry! (9) ”
According to the Hate Campaign the above statement was received via email from Peter Tallack in April 2012… while the case was ongoing.
Bearing in mind Peter Tallack knew why the first defence expert’s report wasn’t used and why that expert and her report were never allowed inclusion in the proceedings, it was very ill-advised and unprofessional of Mr Tallack to draw attention to the subject at all.
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Let’s break the statement down and have a nitpick :
(1) ” The honest answer from me is, no I don’t think he could be safely re-homed anywhere. When I examined him he was the most unpredictable PBT I have ever dealt with and that is taking everything into consideration. ”
According to Peter Tallack’s CV, his experience and involvement with ‘Pit Bull Terriers’ spans at least 25 years, some of it within a geographical area that was, according to him, “very densely populated where Pit Bull Terriers became very popular very quickly ” (a district of South London).
And so we’re all expected to believe that, in 25 or more years and with all that experience and involvement with ‘Pit Bull type dogs‘, Peter Tallack had NEVER come across a dog as unpredictable as Lennox.
As usual, there isn’t a speck of recorded proof for that claim, and no witness statements to back it up. Unless you include Sandie Lightfoot, with her alleged ten years similar experience with canines, who oddly enough said the same thing as Tallack, almost word for word, again without proof.
The only difference between those two is that Lightfoot’s claims were exposed as outright lies via online evidence, some of which had originally been leaked by the Hate Campaign with the intention of damaging Lennox’s case for his owners, but which justifiably backfired on Lightfoot and the rest of the HC.
It was very convenient for Tallack that his ‘examinations‘ of Lennox (on two occasions*) went unrecorded (not a requirement for the Respondent). In addition, to all intents and purposes Tallack was entirely alone when he conducted his examinations, because there is absolutely no mention of a witness in the court documents, and the issue of an accompanying witness or witnesses to Tallack’s assessments was not brought up in court.
*On the subject of the two visits by Tallack – the court documents state that he attended on the first occasion purely to take measurements and basically ascertain type (Tallack claims he ‘just happened‘ to be in Belfast at the time). That was three weeks after Lennox had been seized.
But on the one hand there’s Tallack in a radio interview saying that his job was to confirm type and, after much hedging, finally admitted (in a roundabout way) that he’s not a qualified behaviourist. On the other hand Tallack visits Lennox again a few months later – to do what exactly? Presumably he’d already taken his ‘measurements’ the first time around, so why come back again, if not to ‘assess’ Lennox’s behaviour, which is something he wasn’t (isn’t) qualified to do.
We should also bear in mind, by that time Lennox’s owner had been advised to agree type in order that Lennox could be assessed on merits, and this was already known long before Tallack’s second visit, so there wasn’t any need for him to see Lennox again, if indeed his involvement was purely about ‘type’.
In fact Tallack himself confirms in his radio interview that it was the responsibility of the Appellant to prove Lennox was not a danger to the public, not the other way around, so why was Tallack ‘assessing’?
And did the cost of that second visit come out of his own pocket, or was it on BCC (tax payer) expenses? Maybe it was included in his extremely generous and unwarranted ‘expert witness’ fee of £7500.
(2) ” I don’t know if you [are] aware the first defence expert used by the Barnes family never even took him out of the kennel, she just said Pit Bull Dangerous!! and that was that. Her statement has never been mentioned or served on the Council. “
The only truth in that statement is the last sentence.
Regards his ‘first defence expert’ remark, as Belfast City Council’s ‘expert witness’ and on their payroll at the time, Tallack was unwise to mention something disallowed in court.
His statement that the first defence expert “never even took him out of the kennel, she just said ‘Pit Bull Dangerous’ ”, makes us think that he isn’t the author of the email, because it’s a very blatant lie, as Peter Tallack is fully aware.
The first expert, Madeleine Forsythe, was not requested by or known to Lennox’s owners; she was brought in by their original solicitor, Angela Douglas, who was effectively dropped by Lennox’s owners for making serious errors and professionally spreading herself thin (link).
As Mr Tallack knows, Madeleine Forsythe assessed Lennox for a considerable amount of time. He’s also aware that she took Lennox out of the kennel without using a catchpole! However, her written report described an entirely different dog and was dated incorrectly. Therefore neither Ms Forsythe nor her assessment were allowed to be included in the proceedings.
(3) “ The second expert as you are aware was David Ryan who stopped his examination when Lennox lunged at him. The third examination by Sarah was a farce and no real test whatsoever. “
Very conveniently Peter Tallack fails to mention that at the point David Ryan stopped his examination, he had already been assessing Lennox for approximately an hour. Tallack also forgets to mention that David Ryan confirmed Lennox had the opportunity to bite him but chose not to do so (Court Doc 1, clause 25).
Considering Mr Ryan subjected Lennox to lengthy and numerous tests, goading and teasing him in an attempt to elicit an adverse response (at one point bumping Lennox on the nose with his fist), it says a lot about Lennox’s steady temperament that, after all that provocation, the only reaction from him was a lunge as described, followed by an immediate retreat. A human reaction to that kind of incitement would likely end with Mr Ryan having his face smacked (or worse), even if that human was in a strange place but able to make sense of the situation, unlike Lennox.
Not surprisingly, Peter Tallack calls Sarah Fisher’s examination of Lennox ‘a farce‘; it’s the kind of defensive remark you’d expect from someone like him, with his very limited experience and tunnel-vision.
Tallack has also publicly criticised Ms Fisher’s use of the food she offered to Lennox, implying that she was afraid and attempting to bribe him, but Peter Tallack says absolutely nothing about David Ryan’s routine practice of doing exactly the same thing, as this extract from Mr Ryan’s own report confirms: “…in one movement he lunged towards me, growled, barked and snapped. He did not make.contact with me and returned to sit with Ms Lightfoot. As he did so, I again offered him cheese, which he took immediately in a relaxed manner” .
Unlike Tallack, Sarah Fisher (a fully qualified animal behaviourist with many years experience – link), spent much longer with Lennox, conducting a full and controlled assessment (link), as opposed to the haphazard one that Tallack seems to have carried out. David Ryan also spent a long time with Lennox; in fact even the original expert who wasn’t allowed a mention (Forsythe) spent time with him.
Tallack, on the other hand, gives the impression that he barely got through the first half hour of his examination, and it’s easy to draw conclusions about that in the absence of a written report or witness statement to say otherwise.
It’s also easy to come to certain other conclusions bearing in mind Tallack’s public announcement that he would not hesitate to control a dog with extreme force. In fact, in one media article he was quoted as saying that standing on a dog’s neck is an acceptable form of control; now that’s something neither he nor the HC can dispute because it’s already ‘out there’ (that’s the downside of the Internet, information just never goes away when you want it to). And let’s not forget that even BCC describe Peter Tallack as a ‘dog handler‘.
(4) “ Again I don’t know if you are aware but at the first Magistrates hearing there was me and the DW who said he was unpredictable. David Ryan and then Caroline Barnes in evidence said that Lennox had always been bad with strangers and was always leaded and muzzled since they had him. “
We can’t argue with the fact that Tallack and Lightfoot agreed on saying that Lennox was unpredictable, to the point where they mimicked each other’s descriptions, but it looks as if Tallack is also implying that David Ryan knew Lennox was ‘always bad with strangers‘.
It’s difficult to imagine why Tallack thinks David Ryan could know anything of the sort, given that he’d never met Lennox before nor witnessed him in the presence of other strangers, and Lennox’s owner did not use the word ‘always‘. In fact she explained that Lennox had been wary of strangers since an incident with a group of youths. She also stated that he ‘didn’t deal well with strangers who forced themselves upon him‘, which is entirely different to ‘always‘ and ‘totally unpredictable‘, and at no point did she say that Lennox had been ‘leaded and muzzled since they had him‘, so where the hell Tallack plucked that one from is anyone’s guess.
To quote David Ryan from his own assessment of Lennox :
“Lennox was taken from a kennel in the rear of a van by Ms Lightfoot at my request. He was happy to come out of the van and allowed himself to be clipped onto a short lead. As he exited the van his attention was friendly and mostly directed towards Ms Lightfoot.
He acknowledged my presence but made no unfriendly move towards me, although he was walked to within touching distance of me. He was walked into a garage area where the assessment was to take place and began to sniff about.
To prevent him urine marking. I took the lead from Ms Lightfoot and walked him a short distance to a patch of grass. During this time he paid me little attention…I offered Lennox small pieces of cheese to increase my positive interaction and reduce threat. He took them readily and appeared relaxed on his own with me. “
David Ryan had previously stated: “ He [Lennox] was walked up to me, a complete stranger, in an environment with which he was not familiar, without incident. This suggests he has no inclination to show aggression to anyone he meets in public if not threatened. “
(5) “ There were no family photographs of Lennox in the house or with her children which does lean toward our suspicions that Lennox was permanently chained in their yard. “
*Sigh* Here we go again (link). Tallack WAS never, HAS never been inside Lennox’s home. It’s doubtful he’s been anywhere near it, unless he also made a habit of sitting outside their property like other members of the HC (link).
That statement alone almost convinces us that Peter Tallack is not the author of the email because surely he isn’t stupid enough, not only to tell such shockingly bare-faced lies, but to be that arrogant and careless during an ongoing court case in which he was an expert witness?
Or perhaps it was his way of saying that he had the backing and approval of Belfast City Council to say what he likes?
(6) “ It is my view that Lennox is not a cross breed but pure PBT and for this behaviour is worrying, generally pure PBT when they have been looked after have superb temperaments. I really don’t know but suspect something has changed his temperament/ behaviour. “
Well, we can probably safely say by now that Tallack’s ‘view‘ and opinions are worth precisely zilch. It’s extremely doubtful Lennox was aggressive or unpredictable with Tallack; it’s much more likely he was scared stiff.
Tallack and Lightfoot have had free rein to say what they please because there is no physical evidence to dispute their claims. Equally there is no physical evidence to support their claims. What a tragedy for Lennox and his family that Tallack’s visits weren’t recorded and witnessed impartially, start to finish.
(7) ” Again I don’t know if you are aware the only person who has successfully made any bond with Lennox is the dog warden who was slaughtered by the campaign and yet every week drove all the way to the kennels just to spend time with him. ”
Sandie Lightfoot, that ‘pillar of the community, the only one who bonded with Lennox and who went to all the trouble of visiting him every single week of his incarceration’. The same Sandie Lightfoot who, along with Tallack, did her very best to destroy Lennox’s reputation, resulting in his death. For someone who allegedly took months to bond with an animal, she had a strange way of showing her affection.
Tallack (or whoever wrote the email) has drawn attention to Sandie Lightfoot, the Belfast City Council Dog Warden at the time (now a BCC Animal Welfare Officer if you can believe it). So let’s discuss her briefly and run over a few points.
Sandie Lightfoot :
(8) “ Sadly it is my view that Lennox was the wrong dog to campaign for. There have been many other cases that could have been much more worth while cases. I do believe the law needs amending.“
Lennox wasn’t the wrong dog, he was absolutely the right one and his case alone has brought attention to deceitful and morally-challenged people such as Tallack and Lightfoot, not to mention an atrocious, ineffectual and dysfunctional law.
As for an amendment to the law, that just shows Tallack for what he is, unintelligent and narrow-minded. The law needs to be abolished, scrapped, and the emphasis placed elsewhere, on owners and backyard breeders.
Lennox, aged five years old at the time, never had a complaint made against him for any reason. He had never bitten anyone (in spite of ‘someone’ at BCC telling Sarah Fisher a different fabricated story), and he had never been threatening or aggressive. He didn’t bite David Ryan and Sandie Lightfoot has not been able to show evidence to support her own claims because they are false.
So that just leaves Peter Tallack, and it begs the question, what was the real reason he used a catchpole to keep Lennox at bay? Was it to goad him into some kind of reaction, or maybe Tallack had already done that? Or perhaps he just needed to show Lennox in a bad light. Whatever his reasons, it wasn’t due to Lennox being aggressive and unpredictable, because we all know he wasn’t.
(9) ” I will say and my view will never change, human life must come first! It is very sad but because of some really stupid people out there, there has to [be a] law to protect human life and this is one of them. I wish I had a magic wand and banish one or people out there, but I have now been involved in four fatalities in the last five years and three of those have been young children, if I had a pound for every time I’ve heard, if only I’d known or if only! You can see why it was not a straight forward yes no answer! Sorry! “
Tallack showing there that he hasn’t a clue, although he’s right about one thing, there are some really stupid people out there. He’s friends with some of them and the next time he passes a mirror he’ll find another.
As for the magic wand, he might try using it for some self-improvement. If he really had absorbed and taken on board anything worthwhile in the last thirty years, you’d think he would have twigged by now that human behaviour is the problem. BSL is an ineffectual, grotesque sticky plaster, not a cure nor a remedy. The problem should be tackled where it starts, with the owners.
Maybe Tallack could try his violent dog-control techniques on the next bad owner he meets, see how far that gets him. That owner might have something to say about it, a dog doesn’t have a voice; it doesn’t have a choice. And neither did Lennox.
Tallack spent very little overall time with Lennox, yet used a catchpole on him. Not one other person who came into contact with Lennox needed to do that. He was observed with a neck injury that hadn’t existed before Tallack assessed him. Another easily drawn conclusion.
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Everyone asks the same thing, ‘How is it that Peter Tallack remained a constable for all those years, without promotion‘. We think the clue lies in his attitude and conduct highlighted during the Lennox case.
It’s very telling that Sandie Lightfoot and Mel Page count him as a good friend, and it says everything about their poor moral standards we’ve come to know so well.
We’ve had a few messages asking us to include some information about Peter Tallack’s conduct and comments in court. Many people witnessed it on the day, so it’s only right to share it here…
During cross-examination, Mr Tallack became increasingly agitated, sweating heavily and wiping his brow. Obviously extremely uncomfortable at being questioned, here are two examples of his conduct:
Yes exactly, you really couldn’t make it up!
Let’s also not forget that during the Nando Brown radio interview on 14 July 2012, Peter Tallack clearly stated, at length, that it was the first time he had spoken out in public or given an interview about the Lennox case. His earlier interview for the Nolan Show, Radio Ulster on 31 March 2011 must have slipped his mind (link).
Tallack’s interview on the Nando Brown show begins at roughly 25 minutes (link below). You’ll hear Mr Tallack start with a touch of grovelling, then avoidance (re: his qualifications). After that your mouth will likely drop open at the lies spewing forth. He even manages to mention the first expert witness.
Then you’ll probably start going red in the face yourself when you hear the malice directed at Lennox’s family (try not to stick a fist through the computer screen). Be warned – you’ll hear the familiar innuendo and gossip that we’ve witnessed so often with the rest of the Hate Campaign. He’s even arrogant enough to imply on air that Lennox was a yard dog!
The rest of the show is taken up, quite rightly, by an interview with Sarah Fisher plus a chat with Victoria Stilwell and Jim Crosby. Well worth a listen, all of it. And someone very closely connected to the Hate Campaign makes a cameo appearance with some interesting own goal comments. (LINK)
…what happened to the Roxanne Summers profiles? It’s a mystery.
We followed that with Connections, at which point not only did all the Roxanne Summers profiles disappear, but also Boycott Boycott Belfast and the ‘real les trollops‘ WordPress site. Zapped, overnight, literally.
On top of that, several people mentioned in ‘Connections‘ cleaned up their Facebook pages pronto and one in particular began the process of removing or hiding comments, Tweets and associations (too late, sorry Ms Page). Now why would anyone do that if they had nothing to hide?
Was it all because of our recent posts? The Bar Council’s response to several complaints about Summers might have had something to do with it as well and, as we understand Mel Page’s solicitor is reading this blog in order to gather evidence (as are the Police according to her), we thought it would be helpful to show this:
The attached letter from Kathy Smyth stated:
05 March 2013
Re: Professional Conduct Committee – Your Complaint Against A Member of the Bar of Northern Ireland
I have been asked to write to you on behalf of the Professional conduct committee regarding your recent complaint.
Enquiries have been made on behalf of the Committee and it has been confirmed that there is no Counsel at the Bar of Northern Ireland by the name of Roxanne Summers.
It does appear however that a person using that name on Facebook has represented that he or she is a barrister.
Two possibilities arise, namely;
1. The person operating under the name Roxanne Summers is not in fact a barrister and the representation is false, or
2. The person is a member of the bar but is not using their real name.
The Committee is making further enquiries to establish whether it is possible to confirm which of these possibilities is correct.
In the meantime, the committee would welcome any further information, which might assist in establishing whether the person in question is in fact a member of the Northern Ireland Bar.
The committee is due to meet again on 12th March and you shall be notified of any further developments.
Professional Conduct Committee
Needless to say we can post no further comments from the Bar Council at this time, but obviously that will be forthcoming when Ms Page’s legal team have completed their investigation, which hopefully will be soon.
After all, if they’re all as innocent and blameless of the deeds highlighted in this blog as they claim to be, doesn’t it make sense to punish us with legal action? If they’re truly guiltless it won’t cost them a penny, and our identities can be revealed. So what could possibly be stopping them?
We await to hear from them. Meanwhile, we’ll leave you with this thought. Why did the Roxanne Summers profiles, an HC Facebook page and a website disappear overnight, and why did various people clean up their Facebook pages and Tweets immediately after we posted the February entries mentioned above? Another mystery!
Well no, don’t suppose they are, having been exposed as liars and fakes. On top of that most of the names mentioned in Connections felt the need to close, clean up or lock down their Facebook pages and Tweets, in some cases disassociating themselves from each other and certain ‘interests’. All that to avoid being incriminated, and all very much too late.
Here’s a small reminder why:
It’s odd that Heather Jones chose to display a DDA notice, bearing in mind we all know the Hate Campaign were themselves responsible for spreading negative rumours about the very reputable DDA Watch in relation to donations.
Here’s the original post from DDA Watch with full thread, something Jones conveniently omitted from her post:
Guess it must have slipped her mind to include that in her post. That’s what comes of having mainly air between your ears. Heather, you need to get the old BIKE pump out dear; stick it one ear and see if anything comes out the other side.
A Hate Campaigner’s job can be darn hard work. It’s not always in-yer-face and crass as you’re used to seeing on their pages. Sometimes, no matter how subtle they try to be with their muck-spreading, nobody pays any attention. So what to do next?…
Simple – you orchestrate, and who better to join you in a pre-arranged performance than St Denise Day, the Patron Saint of Hypocrites 🙂
So this blog is abusive and bullying and Heather Jones is a saint and we hide behind fake names while Heather Jones is 100 percent real with no other aliases. Well ain’t she just a laugh a minute that Heather Carol Billie Thet Ted Mel Bitter Twisted Lemon JONES.
Let’s have a look at Heather Jones‘ real profile…
Heather Jones, that profile of yours looks so real. There’s sooo much anti BSL and animal welfare related stuff on there, took us ages to go through it.
Yep we’re impressed with how real it is. And would you just look at these…
Back to Heather Jones the real person who never resorts to personal insults when she can’t get her own way. So she never made up names for her targets, like Granny Thrush, cLiar, flange, and she’s never posted personal comments about anyone, and she’s never ensured that Lennox’s owners’ address and photos of their home were made public, nor has she listed their solicitor’s details in full, and she wouldn’t dream of accusing another respected solicitor of supporting dog fighting (got a ticking off for that one didn’t you Heather).
She tries her best to come across as sane and reasonable, but when she wants to spit nails, which she does regularly, she toddles off into another profile, although sometimes her identity slips her mind.
If nothing else, Heather Jones is a good faker, because here she is doing a sterling impression of a nasty piece of work by taking a photo out of context to suit a vile and twisted mentality. Couldn’t possibly be hers?: