May 21st, 2011

No change there, then

Pc Nigel Albuery of the Metropolitan Police, was on patrol with a colleague this week when they stopped a group of  teenagers in Croydon.

The officer, part of the local Safer Neighbourhoods Team, was attacked and is seriously ill in hospital after being stabbed several times. Three teenagers have been arrested, one, Alastair Gregson aged 18, has been charged with GBH with intent on the officer, he has also been charged with unrelated offences of GBH on an 18-year-old female & intimidation of a witness. So just the kind of person that Kenneth Clarke wants to keep out of prison, then.

What struck me about the story were the comments from the officer’s Borough Commander, Adrian Roberts. He is quoted as saying: “I and my officers are shocked and concerned that this has happened but are determined to continue to deliver a professional service to the community of Croydon borough.

It is important to remember that this is an isolated incident.

Local officers have been tasked with increased patrols in the area to reassure the public, and we have spoken with our partners so that the community can share their concerns.”

Hmm, nothing about any concern for the officer, or anything about the management’s hope that he will make a quick & speedy recovery, nor that the police are doing everything they can to support the officer & his family & colleagues, or that the police are determined to bring the offender to justice and will press for a right & proper, severe sentence for such an outrageous and serious attack on an officer doing his day-t0-day job. Never mind anything about pointing out the dangers that officers face on a day-to-day basis, or the wish that proper equipment to defend themselves was/is/should be provided to officers.

There was so much opportunity to do the right thing and support the victim but instead the senior officers seem more concerned about ‘consulting with partners’ and ‘reassuring the public’. It seems victims are a priority for the bosses when it looks good in an annual report but not when the victim is a police officer.

What a wanker.

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  1. MPS Probie says:

    Exactly what I tried to say in a post on IG’s blog – but put far better. It’s a scandal – and the BC should be ashamed of himself. He won’t be though, because he’s ticked all the boxes necessary to use it as an example for his next promotion.

    As IG asks, where is the Commissioner? He should be all over the media, but not even a single glimpse of him – too busy crying over someone’s lack of tie, no doubt.

    May 21st, 2011 at 22:49

  2. Fee says:

    I think your last sentence summed him up rather nicely, 200. What a wanker, indeed.

    May 22nd, 2011 at 09:04

  3. Plodnomore says:

    In the eyes of ‘the management’ PC Albuery is just another acceptable casualty in the aim to achieve ‘the bigger picture’. It has always been so (not only in the Police) and always will be so. Hope he recovers soon.

    May 22nd, 2011 at 16:03

  4. Ben says:

    I wish the officer the best and hope he gets better soon.

    May 23rd, 2011 at 10:41

  5. bobdaz says:

    GBH Intent!!!???? If you stab someone several times what do you think will ahppen??? This has to be attempt murder, the mens rea and actus rea are there!!! Shambles

    May 23rd, 2011 at 21:16

  6. Plodnomore says:

    You’re forgetting about the good work done by the CPS (Criminal Protection Society). Knowing that they have to work to a budget, the defence brief will tell CPS his client will plead guilty to GBH but not guilty to attempt murder, which will require a very lengthy and expensive trial, possibly putting the CPS over budget on this case. The CPS goes for the easy alternative with the result that the CPS is happy because they brought their case in under budget and got a result; the defence brief is happy because he got his client a lower charge; the offender is happy for the same reason and the court is happy because they dispensed justice on the facts put before them. The victim/victim’s family? Inconsequential to the big picture.

    May 24th, 2011 at 20:54

  7. Eve says:

    Wish PC Albuery a speedy recovery. I understand despite being stabbed 4 times he chased after them. Brave man.

    May 28th, 2011 at 13:45

  8. KnockKnock says:

    Well put 200. I’ve been a dedicated reader of IG’s blog for quite some time. Your final sentence knocks the matter in to touch. Sadly for us all its not just this BC who seems to be a liberal leftist simpering twat.

    Wonder what it’d be like if the shoe were on the other foot?

    May 29th, 2011 at 22:41

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