February 24th, 2009

Non Story of the Year

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It seems the Sun is up in arms because we’ve been failing the public again. This time we’ve been playing poker while little old men get burgled.

Sixty nine year old Graham Hall, went to the Thames Valley Police HQ to report that a games room annexe at one of his properties had been broken into. He had been to his local police station at Kidlington, but found it was closed so walked a short distance to the police HQ.

He was met there by a security guard who thought he had arrived for a poker evening taking place within the social club at the HQ. When he explained what he was there for, the security guard told him he couldn’t report a crime there & should ring the central number to report it.

Woopy-fucking-do. If I go to Tesco’s Head Office, I doubt they would sell me a pound of sprouts & copy of the Scum. If Mr Tesco & his cronies happened to be inside, in their own free time, having an office party, clearly I could write some headlines saying that Tesco wouldn’t sell me a carrot because they were too busy having a piss-up.

It must be a really poor news day for the Scum to make up a non-story, but hey, it’s to do with the police so it’s fair game.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Mr Hall should be able to report a crime – at his local police station. Now if the Sun wanted to do a story on how the police station closes at 5pm, then fair enough. But there is no reason why someone should treat the administrative headquarters of TV Police as a functioning police station – it’s not, get over it, you can’t report crimes there.

The spin put on the story is that all the officers were inside playing poker, when they should have been taking reports of thefts of billiard cues. Listen you Sun tossers, it’s a police social club which runs functions for its staff – police & civilian – to attend in their own time, off duty, not when they are at work you dumbskulls!

I expect the paper would have been blank had they reported on the facts.

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  1. Tony F says:

    “I expect the paper would have been blank had they reported on the facts.” That would make it more intelligible to their readership. I suppose Suzy on Page 3 would sum it up thus: “I have massive tits and the brain of a pea and I think that I should be able to buy sprouts from the police headquarters….”

    Most people don’t know what most of the police do nowadays, probably wouldn’t believe it if they did know, and certainly would not understand that the governments targets are to blame.

    February 25th, 2009 at 13:18

  2. R/T says:

    Unfortch the majority of Sun readers are as thick as 2 short planks and this sort of Daily Mail-lite gets them worked up! They are, as you say, all tossers

    February 25th, 2009 at 17:57

  3. Civ_In_The_City says:

    I have to disagree. I`m not a cop, I wasn`t there. But, on paper it looks a bit off. There is the argument that police officers are on duty 24 hours, it goes with the warrant card. In reality it doesn`t alwsays work that way and it wouldn`t if I was a cop.

    But, it seems like there were sworn officers on the premises, albeit with other things on their minds, and the place that had been burgled was within reasonable walking distance.

    What do I think would have been a better response? I dunno. Was that security guard a cop? Maybe if one of the officers had come outside to speak with the guy and help him more than just handing over a fridge magnet. Even if the only thing the officer could do was to direct chappy to the call centre phone number there are ways of doing it.

    Not enough for national news story but could have been handled more sympathetically? Just a point of view.

    February 25th, 2009 at 18:53

  4. Reactively proactive says:

    I would certainly have gone out and taken crime details and then recorded a crime for someone else to investigate later.

    4 hours double time for a recall to duty that only takes 10 mins to deal with. Yes please!!

    February 26th, 2009 at 18:05

  5. officer dibble says:

    I expect TVP to be monitoring this.If some 9-5 media matrix monitor registers a negative score I expect a dictat that off duty socialising ‘on police premises’ if it involves practices which may be perceived as gambling be ‘off limits’

    February 26th, 2009 at 22:27

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