Monday, January 21, 2008
You will recall in an earlier article I noted Cheshire Police Chief Constable, Peter Fahy, comments on the murder of Garry Newlove:
"I personally think we cannot have a society where law abiding people like Garry Newlove cannot go out and challenge people that are damaging their property, otherwise we'll just have the yobs ruling the streets.
People should go out and certainly confront, that's my own personal view."
The fact that Mr Newlove "confronted/challenged" the yobs, and was murdered by them, seems to have escaped the Chief Constable.
However, aside from that remarkably obvious point, the Chief Constable needs to address another issue; namely, if you do decide to "confront" some yobs and manage not to get your head stoved in by them, then you have to deal with Nanny's police.
This is what Bill Marshall, 73, found to his cost recently when he confronted some yobs throwing stones at some ducks at Chesterfield Canal in Worksop. He shouted at them to stop, but was on the receiving end of a barrage of abuse for his trouble and the gang continued to throw stones.
One yob reported the incident to police, claiming that the pensioner had hit him during the altercation. Mr Mashall denies this.
Nanny's police officers duly knocked on his door, and Mr Marshall was expecting them to investigate his complaints about the unruly gang.
Instead he was arrested and taken off to a police cell accused of attacking the youths on the canal bank.
Mr Marshall said:
"I was shocked when a police officer turned up on my doorstep. I had made a number of complaints about anti-social behaviour from these yobs so I expected it was a response to that.
I was quite happy to invite him in but then he said I was being arrested and taken to the station accused of assault. I thought it was a joke at first but then I realised he was perfectly serious.
The officer ordered me to take the laces out my shoes as I was being arrested for common assault. I didn't know what to think."
Mr Marshall was put into a cell, and had to wait two hours for a duty solicitor.
He was interviewed by officers over the alleged assault, before finally being released pending further inquiries.
Now, some weeks after the incident, police have formally dropped any charges against him and apologised.
As Mr Marshall said:
"I am a 73-year-old pensioner and they were a gang of youths. I wasn't going to try and take them on at my age.
It took 73 years for an idiot to put me in jail. All I did was try to stop these louts throwing rocks at the ducks on the canal.
I felt degraded spending time in that cell. I can't believe I ended up in jail at my age. I've never seen the inside of a cell before and I don't want to see it again. The police seemed to automatically assumed I was guilty instead of talking to me first."
Therefore, taking the above into account, who in their right mind would ever dream of "confronting" yobs in this country anymore?
Confront and get your head kicked in?
Confront and get arrested?
Nanny is clueless.