Spare a moment or two to to think about the wife and daughter of PC Jon Henry, murdered on duty yesterday 11th June in Luton, Bedfordshire.
Jon joins the list of British officers killed in the line of duty.
Before it was known that Jon had died an early news release on the BBC website quoted a ‘police spokesman’ as saying that it wasn’t known whether the officer was wearing a stab-proof vest at the time but that ‘all officers are issued with stab-proof vests, but it is their choice whether to wear it’.
I suspect I am not the only one who was absolutely appalled at that comment; before it was publicly announced that he had died, Bedfordshire Police appeared to be absolving itself of any responsibility. If that’s not an example of crass insensitivity, I don’t know what is.