When I went to training school back in 1979, I had to learn stuff. I’m not sure that is the case these days, but that’s something for another time. One of the things I learned was the Theft Act. In the days when we had to type our own court files, you had to type out the offence & the act & section, so you pretty much got to know them off by heart. Much I have forgotten these days. I did learnt that if you took possession of stolen goods & used them to your own ends you might be guilty of handling stolen property.
All of which is a tenuous link to the story today that PC Steve Bettley of Merseyside Police has been sacked after his name was found on that BNP membership list from last year. The list that was stolen from the BNP & published on the internet.
The PSDs upĂ‚Â down the land grabbed this stolen property & went through it trying to find police officers who might be on it. They did. They must have been rubbing their hands with glee.
I’ve said before that I have no truck with the views of the BNP but that I hope in due course the ban on membership for Police Officers will be found illegal & a breach of our (I can’t say ‘our’ now, can I?) human rights. I believe we should be judged on our actions not our beliefs. I do find it morally unacceptable that the PSD can use evidence obtained through an illegal source against one of their own. I mean, what would happen in a court of law if the police tried to enterĂ‚Â into a trial evidence which had been obtained illegally?
Ex PC BettleyĂ‚Â has apparently stated his intention to appeal against the Witchfinder General’s – I mean chief constable’s decision. He has his work cut out. His wife’s name was on the same list & he is saying a family member enrolled him in the party without his knowledge. Good luck with that one, the Federation are supporting his appeal.
The soonerĂ‚Â the police get taken to court for this policy the better, as far as I’m concerned.