Thursday, December 03, 2009
Nanny's Council Spies Screw Up
You know how proud Nanny is of her extensive, and ever growing, network of CCTV cameras that follow our every move?
Well, my loyal readers, a rather large fly landed in Nanny's oinkment the other day in the shape of The Thirst.
The Thirst are a Brixton rock band, who were performing a gig at a pub in Chasetown, near Cannock on November 21.
Having duly "gigged", they were making their way back to their vehicles when 30 armed members of Nanny's "finest" (Staffordshire police), dog handlers and a helicopter "greeted" them with the well worn phrase:
"Down on the bloody ground!"
The Thirst were then taken off to the local nick and had their DNA taken.
Was their performance really so bad?
Errmmm...no, not quite!
Seemingly a member of the local council CCTV monitoring department saw one of The Thirst with a "gun" earlier in the evening.
Nanny's finest leaped to action, after allowing the performance to go ahead, and nicked them.
A few small points to raise at this point:
1 It was not a gun, but a set of jump leads for a flat battery
2 The police, for reasons that escape me, did not look at the CCTV footage themselves; they took the word of a council employee as gospel
3 Having not found any gun, the police still took DNA samples
Am I alone in finding this more than a tad "worrying"?
Since when were council staff members of the police?
Since when was it standard practice to nick, and DNA someone without any evidence?
Suffice to say a full apology has now been given, and an investigation is underway.
However, what would have happened if The Thirst had not been so co-operative?
This could have turned into a very ugly incident, all down to the say so of a council employee.
CCTV is not the be all and end all of law enforcement.
The pictures are invariably lousy, the "evidence" suspect and the fact that CCTV does not deter that many crimes (displacement, zero real time deterrent etc) indicates that it is a poor substitute for real, properly trained officers on the beat.
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