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Thursday, February 01, 2007


PlodThere are times when, even though I have been publishing stories on this site for over two years now, even I am flabbergasted (can I say flabbergasted on a public site?) at the boneheadeness of the Nanny state.

Well over a year ago, Jane Furnival was involved in a minor road accident in Hackney. Using her common sense, in order to ensure that the insurance companies etc were happy, she took some photos of the accident.

Unfortunately for her, the other driver and his girlfriend appear to have been off their heads. Ms Furnival claims that the driver's girlfriend violently attacked her.

Needless to say, Ms Furnival reported the incident to plod and provided some photos of the alleged assailant.

As Steve McGarret used to say:

"Book 'em Danno"

Unfortunately not, for you see dear reader this is Nanny Britain. Ms Furnival was told by a police officer:

"You brought this on yourself

people round here don't like being photographed

Now correct me if I am wrong, but is Britain not infested with CCTV?

Do we not have the largest number of cameras, following our every move, per head of the population?

Does not an audience of dimwits sit down on a daily basis, to watch a bunch of sad losers sit in house being filmed 24 hours a day?

Do not youths with mobiles take pictures of attacks and other moronic actions for their amusement, and the amusement of their moronic friends?

Therefore how can plod say that "You brought this on yourself"?

We, as a nation, are perpetually on film and being watched!

Anyhoo, bringing the story up to the present time period, plod has not interviewed, arrested or charged anybody...btw Ms Furnival also produced the car's registration number.

Fear not, justice of a sort will be done, the other driver has now lodged a counter claim against Ms Furnival's insurance company. These details could be used by plod to aid their "investigation".

Oh sorry, my mistake, plod has said that the matter has been closed because there is a six-month statutory limit on investigations into common assault, and they 'ran out of time'.

Ms Furnival's account of the incident should have, I would have thought, caused plod to do some form of police work...any ideas why not?


"The driver, a man of Asian appearance, went mad,

crouching on the road and screaming, 'No photos, no photos.'

His girlfriend punched me twice on the face.

I suffered severe bruising.

I was stunned and I pleaded with passers-by to be witnesses,

but nobody would agree.

Both the driver and his girlfriend were racially abusing me,

calling me 'white trash' and 'a fat bitch'.

It was like something from a Quentin Tarantino movie.

I called the police.

When I gave a statement at Stoke Newington police station

the officer told me, 'You were foolish to take pictures.

That's why you got hit.

Nobody round here likes having their photos taken.

You brought it on yourself'
" .

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police in Hackney said:

"Both offences were thoroughly investigated.

Officers were able to trace the registered vehicle,

identify the driver and pass all relevant details

to the victim to ensure she could pursue the matter

through the relevant insurance channels.

In relation to the assault, officers identified an address

for the driver and visited it to arrest him.

But he no longer resided at that address

and there was no forwarding address

Norman Brennan of the Victims of Crime Trust hits the nail on the head:

"It is bizarre that the insurance company

can liaise with this man but the police have seemed unable to do so

Sounds to me as though the police did not want to pursue this.

Can anyone tell me exactly what the point of the law is now anymore?

Once people lose faith in the rule of law, the country is finished.


  1. Anonymous11:30 AM

    I can't believe the Met sometimes. My local Plod (rural Warwickshire) couldn't have acted faster when I was assaulted a few years ago. I told them who did it (I knew the guy), they took a statement, picked him up that evening and ran him in.

    Unfortunately, Nanny's laws then took hold and he was let out with a caution, after which he threatened to 'get' me for 'grassing'. Another quick report to my local Plod, however, and he left me alone.

  2. Oh, come on Ken!
    "A man of Asian appearance"
    I presume from the Olde Englishe name that Ms Furnival is WHITE.
    I'm surprised the police didn't arrest HER for complaining.
    The time for a prosecution for assault may be up, but I'm damned sure there is time to put in a complaint for neglect of duty.

  3. Anonymous1:12 PM

    "Both the driver and his girlfriend were racially abusing me, calling me 'white trash' and 'a fat bitch'"

    What's the betting that if Ms Furnival had been Asian or Black and had been called 'Paki' or 'Nigger' which, incidentally,I stress would have been as equally abhorrent as the phrases actually used, the full force of the law would have been applied against the perpetrator(s) who would have received the severest exemplary punishment.

  4. Anonymous1:17 PM

    As I mentioned recently on this site, these problems have arisen because of the 'quality' of the leadership of the police. What they need is someone like Regan or Burnside in charge to remind them what police work actually is.

  5. Anonymous3:48 PM

    Hmmm... whatever happened to the police taking racially aggravated crimes very seriously. Presumably they believe crimes can only even be racially aggravated if the victims are non-white? That clearly seems to be the case here, so are the police open to prosecution under the racial equality laws?

  6. As the man objected to having his picture taken we can only asume that he is here illegally or engaged in some kind of scam or crime. Now why didn't anyome at the Police Station think that?
    Well the victim was white so she msut have been in the wrong and they couldn't investigate the coloured pair because that would have been racial harrasment

  7. Anonymous8:36 PM

    Ken wrote:

    "Can anyone tell me exactly what the point of the law is now anymore?"

    This sounds like one of those questions one sometimes hears about being posed to Oxbridge undergrads as the concluding test of their new found intellect.

    The sort where there is no right or wrong answer.

    In fact the sort where the average student would write a 3 billion word essay but the top candidates would be more succinct. (and go onto a career in politics or the civil service most likely).

    So here is my answer:


    There. Do I get my double first now?

  8. Anonymous10:10 AM

    It doesn't get any better the further afield you go.

    I saw the woman in the above report on breakfast TV earlier in the week. She was still livid. They had a local Police Federation representative on as well. He just about said that "as the crime wasn't one that was measured it wouldn't get any priority from the police". In this case it got none.

    We now have an education system whose concern is league table results rather than educating pupils, health service that concentrates on targets and initiatives rather than patient care, and finally a police force that won't take action if you don't suffer from a crime that they are being measured on.

  9. Anonymous9:49 PM

    Oh Come on you fellers, All this nastiness about our boys in blue is totally unjustified.
    What are they supposed to do if some arch-fiend of a master criminal outwits them by moving house?
    I think that Tony's shower should now insisit that anyone accused of any crime or misdemeanour MUST leave a forwarding address when they skip town. Be fair you criminals - give the coppers a sporting chance.

  10. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Incidentally Ken, I was going to nominate you for an Honour, but I couldn't raise a million quid.
    Can you wait a couple of years until the NuLabs are broke again? Then I'll offer them a tenner and see if I can get you an OBE or something.

  11. Anonymous10:04 PM

    The rot started to set in with some police personnel even before the present so-called government took office.
    Back in 1995, my son (then 10 years old) was cornered in the local park by one of our local yobs. My son arrived home with a 2" cut (not quite deep enough to need stitching, thank goodness) on his thigh, and I called the police. When the PC arrived, his first words to my son were, "I've been hearing things about you tonight." It transpired that the yob had also complained to the police, my son having apparently (after being cornered by this yob) picked up from the ground a foot-long and finger-thick stick with which to defend himself. In the eyes of this PC, had my son not brandished this dangerous weapon at the yob who had cornered him, said yob would not have pulled out a Stanley knife and gashed my son's leg!
    At around the same time, a local gang took exception to the fact that my sons did not want to associate with them in their criminal activities, and took to lobbing stones at our house each time they passed. Over time, we had to replace (at our own expense, and we were surviving on state benefits at the time, my husband having been suddenly made redundant) over thirty panes of glass. One PCs response to this activity was, "Well, we all threw stones when we were kids, didn't we?" I have to admit, I did throw stones when I was a child, but my friends and I used to target tree-trunks and boulders with chalked targets on them, not the windows of people's houses!
    If this was representative back then, what hope have we now, in this age of under-manning and over-managing?