What a funny old country we live in. There was I thinking that criminals are meant to be apprehended by Nanny's police, when in fact that is not the police mission at all.
Their mission, in fact, is to safeguard the health and safety of scumbags.
Max Foster discovered this to his cost on Tuesday in Bath. He is an 18 year old person, not a criminal (contrary to what Nanny would have you believe about teenagers) but a law abiding member of the public, who saw three scumbags steal his moped.
Needless to say, Max called plod, who amazinglyu turned up in time to be able to give chase. Max expected plod to give chase, and apprehend said scumbags.
Plod refused to give chase.
The scumbags were not wearing helmets, and plod was worried that if said scumbags fell off the bike and injured themselves they would sue.
Nanny's chums in Avon and Somerset Police said the safety of both the offenders and the public had to be considered.
Mr Foster was unimpressed:
'If they haven't got a helmet on,
we can't pursue them.
We can't risk a law suit.
We'd get sued if they fell off and hurt themselves'".
He went on to make the following very astute observation:
"I can't believe it, to tell the truth,
because all the bike thieves know that,
so that's what they do and they're laughing at the police.
They've found a loophole in the law that means they can do exactly what they want."
Inspector Tim House of Avon and Somerset Police said:
"We must first consider the safety of the public at large,
the time of day,
number of people around,
are there any pedestrians or young children playing nearby?"
What the hell has that got to do with the scumbags wearing helmets or not?