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September 29, 2009

What's wrong with trial by axe?

Thesis: Police tell mother attacked by yobs at home: 'We won't send anyone... it may escalate the problem'.

Nikki Collen, 39, begged officers for help after a thug kicked in her front door and punched her to the floor in her hallway. After her attacker fled, Nikki rang Warwickshire Police who promised to send an officer to her home in Kenilworth.

But an hour later she received a phone call from a woman police officer who told her it would be better if police did not attend because it might inflame the situation.

Antithesis: Thug who murdered father of three boasts about his 'cushy' life inside prison on Facebook.

Killer Mark Elliott posts photos and brags about 'playing computer all day long' on social networking site while serving life sentence in jail.

Synthesis: Melanie Phillips: If the police won't tackle young thugs any more, then what ARE they for?

Ten days ago, I happened to be on a panel of 'talking heads' at the annual conference of the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales. Against a backdrop of concern about the impact of looming public expenditure cuts, the panel were asked to name one thing they thought the police might usefully stop doing.

I suggested they should drop their obsession with 'diversity' and, rather than pursuing people under 'hate crime' laws for giving offence to others, should concentrate on tackling the yobbery on housing estates where besieged residents felt the police had abandoned them.

It is fair to say my remarks were not greeted with widespread acclaim. Officers seemed stunned that I could challenge the sacred cow of 'diversity'.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 29, 2009 04:47 AM