Congratulations to our much respect state police force, for once again proving that they are "world class" when it comes to upholding the law.
Pauline Nolan, from Droylsden, recently reported the theft of her two sons' bikes (an orange and black KTM 250 and a black and green Kawasaki 65, which are worth £7,000).
She was driving home, when she spotted two teenagers driving past her on her sons' motocross bikes.
She contacted police, who informed her they had also spotted the offenders.
Guess what happened then?
Yes, that's right...plod refused to chase thieves.
Because the riders were not wearing helmets, Nanny's police informed her that they could not pursue the offenders in case they fell off and sued them.
Mrs Nolan summed up the stupidity of our way of life rather well:
"It's outrageous, I couldn't believe what I was hearing.
Everything in this country is weighted towards the criminals,
what about the victims?
I think this kind of thing sends out the wrong message
because people think they can get away with anything."
Inspector Martin O'Connor, from Greater Manchester Police, said:
"In situations like this, officers need to carefully
consider the safety of all road users
before deciding whether or not it would be appropriate to begin a pursuit.
This means taking into account the time of day
as well as the prevailing weather and traffic
conditions and the nature of the original offence
and make a risk assessment based on all these circumstances.
In this case, the decision was made
it would not have been safe to pursue the bikes."
As we all know, Manchester is one of the safest places in Britain; thanks to Nanny's ever vigilant police force.
Mrs Nolan said:
"Bradley wants to sell his toys to buy a new one,
he just doesn't understand how somebody can take his bike
and get away with it."
That's the message being sent out...you can now get away with things!