I must confess to wondering about the priorities of our police these days, especially when I read stories such as the one I am about to relate to you about what happened to Charlie Lindoe (13) a resident of Great Horkesley.
It seems that, as happens in towns and villages across the country, the lads of village have settled themselves into two rival camps/gangs. As such there has been some ongoing (and I dare say highly annoying) argy bargy between the two gangs in the village.
Seemingly the other Monday an incident took place between the two gangs, when an apple was allegedly thrown by Charlie at another boy who allegedly received a bruised arm.
Roll forward to 11.20pm Saturday night, and Charlie's father (Clive Lindoe) went to answer the doorbell to find two police officers standing there.
Following some "discussion" (I have no idea as to whether the discussion was "level headed" or "agitated") Charlie was woken from his bed and told to come downstairs (lest he be arrested).
Charlie was then made to sign a neighbourhood resolution agreement (used to resolve minor disputes), despite the fact he denies throwing the apple.
Mr Lindoe has now raised a complaint against Essex police about the manner in which they handled this.
Now, I can well suspect that the full story (from either side) is not probably out in the media. I can also sympathise with residents of the village, if they have had to put up with ongoing argy bargy between a bunch of annoying teens. I dare say that some action was needed to knock some sense into the gangs.
However, does calling at someone's house 5 days after the alleged apple throwing incident at 11.20pm constitute a measured and proportional response, and does it constitute and effective use of police time and resources?
I well recall when I was at school, board rubbers and other objectives flying past our heads on a regular basis (note, these projectiles were being hurled by masters at us); yet no one ever called in the police.
What do you think?
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