Congratulations to the good people of the Cheshire police, who demonstrated a degree of incompetence that is truly breathtaking and well deserving of my Prats of The Week Award.
The police were tipped off about a robbery due to take place at a jeweller's shop. Uniformed officers were dispatched to the scene of the intended crime, with orders to park their patrol car opposite the shop, lock it and leave.
Yes, you did read that correctly!
Lock the car up, and leave.
Seemingly the commanders of Cheshire police hoped that the "high visibility" strategy would scare away raiders.
Er, guess what?
They were wrong.
Three armed men pulled up in Alderly Edge, Cheshire, saw the empty patrol car and carried out the raid. They escaped with watches and jewellery worth an estimated £500,000.
Henry Johnstone, the owner, condemned the police response as "woefully inadequate" and "ludicrous".
"I'm astonished that police did not do more to protect my business,
customers and staff.
They should have been on hand."
Assistant Chief Constable David Baines, of Cheshire Police, said "a review" of its action was being carried out.
"I regret that an offence did occur."
Well done lads!
I would like to send you my "Prats of The Week Award", but am worried that it might be stolen from you.