September 25th, 2010

Take aim, now where’s the foot?

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Oh dear.

Just as I was bemoaning the  fact that a lot of people turn a blind eye to antisocial behaviour either through fear of repercussions or a belief that it was someone else’s responsibility to do something about it, I read news which will put off even more people from doing their bit.

The Telegraph reports today on a story where Staffordshire Police have awarded a woman £99,000 in compensation after they negligently provided her details to neighbours who she had informed on regarding their antisocial behaviour & drugs use. After being promised anonymity she provided evidence to police which assisted in a  prosecution resulting in a nuisance family being  removed from her estate.

Clerical staff left the woman’s name on paperwork which was sent to the family concerned, her name was also read out in court. She had to move from her house over 2 years ago for fear of problems & has been staying in hotels, guesthouses & rented accommodation since. Her son is a police officer.

For goodness’ sake, is it any wonder we have such a struggle?

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  1. Oi says:

    My first reaction was to think “Unbelievable!” but then my brain caught up………

    September 25th, 2010 at 23:27

  2. Tony F says:

    FFS, how can anything so elementary be missed?

    September 26th, 2010 at 14:45

  3. Alan Harrison says:

    Shooting your toes off?

    With people like Yates of the yard in charge you guys aint got a chance.

    Theft is theft till it’s a politician or top cop,then it’s a minor infringement of tax law!

    September 26th, 2010 at 16:28

  4. joe says:

    Another example of the good guys getting shafted by the system. I’m willing to bet the “problem family” have already been installed in an even nicer house in another neighbourhood (where they are now making lots of other peoples lives a misery)with oddles of support from social services et al ‘cos of course they are the “victims” and it is all society’s fault they act like complete t*****s.

    Sigh and return to banging head against wall ….

    September 26th, 2010 at 18:12

  5. Hogday says:

    You’d expect this from the defence brief or the CPS, but…. Judas H. Priest, as Tony F infers, what has happened to the police? (rhetorical question, the people who do this sh1t don’t even know what an informant is).

    September 26th, 2010 at 20:52

  6. Plodnomore says:

    My daily paper mentions today of the Met officers who arrested a householder for unlawful detention of a gasman who couldn’t open a door! John Murphy and his wife, who live in Islington, lost the use of their gas powered Aga when gas workers were repairing gas pipes outside their home. As is usual in such cases, the gas workers then had the responsibility of ensuring the Aga was working properly after the repairs had ben carried out. Apparently, the gasman wasn’t able to relight it, and became indifferent to that fact. When he tried to leave the house he couldn’t operate the door lock and after Mr Murphy showed the same level of indifference, the gasman phoned the Police and made the allegation of false imprisonment. It was reported that the Police attended very quickly, Mr Murphy arrested and taken to the local nick where he was processed, fingerprinted, DNA’d and banged up for several hours. What sort of copper is being employed and trained these days? Doesn’t anyone ask questions at the scene any more? Plus, was it really necessary to arrest Mr Murphy at that time? No one was hurt, he is a householder so is not likely to do a runner so could have been arrested at any time. More and more, these days, Police officers are losing the respect of middle England by showing that they couldn’t really give a stuff about what is the right way to deal with incidents like this as long as they meet their targets and tick the right boxes. The incident with Staffordshire Police didn’t really suprise me – in fact I am surprised it doesn’t happen more often!

    September 27th, 2010 at 12:00

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