May 18th, 2011

Run away

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This is how the government expect us to tackle dangerous armed criminals, with a wheelie bin & a clean pair of heels.

Up to  thirty officers face a man armed with a two-foot machete. Imagine if he actually wanted to attack those officers, or made serious attempts to harm them. Or if he was intent on harming someone else & the officers tried to prevent it, the consequences of a lunatic running amok with a machete don’t bare thinking about.

And note that this is in the most heaviest policed city in the land, 30,000 officers. I don’t know anywhere in my area where you could get 30 officers to the scene any time quick. The Met have more firearms offices than anyone else & I don’t think I saw any on scene here, certainly nobody appeared to have Tasers. (I don’t think some guy in a suit with the purse strings allows mere front line troops in the met to have Tasers, they have to wait until a firearms officers arrives which, as you can see, can take longer than 7 minutes.

Look at the video & wonder whether you are happy that should that man with the machete turn up in your street, you’ll be sent the best, quickest & safest way to stop him.


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  1. shazbot says:

    Yes but you are forgetting that we could just die in the best traditions of the service……
    Seriously though the TSG carry Taser so where were they.

    In those forces where they keep Taser to ARV or other specialist there will always be a stupid long delay which is frankly pathetic in the 21st century.
    i suppose MP’s who are all protected at ‘work’ by armed guards an a heavily armed rapid response force wouldn’t want the British Bobby to lose that traditional unarmed Dixon of Dock Green , sepia , rose tinted spec’s image by giving them modern tools to do a modern job, just wouldn’t be cricket.
    They should have run the muppet over with a patrol car and when investigated ” I would have shot him but i don;t have a gun, i would have Tasered him but the TSG and ARV weren’t sent and i don’t have a Taser. Also a machette is a deadly weapon, just ask a Rwandan, so i used the only available defensive tool i had, a Vauxhall astra……

    May 18th, 2011 at 23:44

  2. Itwasntme says:

    Is this recent? Does anyone know what sentence the man received? Any follow up info greatly appreciated. TY

    May 19th, 2011 at 05:19

  3. Alpha Tango says:

    @itwasntme- This occured on Monday and metpol say male detained under the mental health act.

    May 19th, 2011 at 06:15

  4. Simon says:

    I think that in a lot of other countries he would have been shot, which IMO is the right thing to do.

    May 19th, 2011 at 10:57

  5. Fee says:

    I’ve said it before – it shames me that this country (or the government, at least), thinks it’s acceptable to send officers carrying nothing more than a stick and some pepper to effectively take on all-comers. Armed all-comers in some cases.

    If this loony had tried to do the same as that one in Tenerife, could anyone have stopped him? Or would some poor widow/widower be wondering why their spouse had gone to work that day, under-equipped and over-extended, never to return? I’d rather have armed officers on the streets of Edinburgh than dead ones being eulogised by the CC.

    May 19th, 2011 at 12:39

  6. shijuronotgeorgedixon says:

    “I’d rather have armed officers on the streets of Edinburgh than dead ones being eulogised by the CC”

    Ahh… but they wouldn’t… they would rather have the dead officer and a secure pension.

    May 19th, 2011 at 12:53

  7. Alpha Tango says:

    Mental health issues and armed police.

    Your post highlights someone with some severe problems and needs to be in a secure place, but how long will they be kept away from the public until release into the community?, where they dont take the medication required too at least keep the problems under control without becoming a danger to society and themselves.

    The lunatic in Tenerife had been sectioned by Welsh police last year.

    I do feel sorry for these people, having dealt with many who havent got the foggiest of whats going on or what they are doing they are clearly not well.

    Armed police, am sure it will happen, go back 20 years, no cs,asp’s,stab vest’s

    Sorrey Pol have had 4 officers on each response shift taser trained for a good 12 months now,perhaps a bit of foresight, ARV will be amalgamated with another force, so travelling time increased.

    By the time the ARV’s get there it’s almost all over.

    Perhaps MPS will review their decision not to issue tasers to response officers.

    Massive hats off to the officers who confronted someone with a machette armed with.. well inadequate ppe. Well done

    May 19th, 2011 at 13:56

  8. blackrat says:

    Fucking job…..

    May 19th, 2011 at 16:51

  9. Andy says:

    Why oh why didn’t someone make a command decision and get in the car and run him down ?

    Seems to be the simplest of solutions to me… as it was he could have killed one or several…

    No officer would have been blamed fo rtaking such action surely. If he is – then he isn;t getting the back up he deserves from above.

    November 21st, 2011 at 05:25

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