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Saturday, September 08, 2007

PC Plod and the PC Police!

The old policing skills are gone, it seems. These days, you'd have a hard time making up stuff more ridiculous than that which comes back from the Police . Superintendent Keith Lumley of South Yorkshire Police has just written to a complainant complaining about the content of a letter. Mr Alastair Oram, 32, from Rotherham, wrote to his local police complaining, "Do we take it that Thurcroft is a no-go zone, run by mob rule into which the police are afraid to venture or was it too difficult for you to deal with? What can only be described as a gang of around ten hoodie scum aged about 14 jumped out in front and behind her car with traffic cones and blocked her." Obviously, Mr Oram was annoyed, to say the least, that his partner was put through such an ordeal. Before Keith Lumley thought about hoodies hurling traffic cones at cars, he went into serious PC-mode!

"You can't go branding youths 'hoodie scum' - that doesn't give off the right impression," he wrote, in a letter that must have sounded ghastly indeed. What exactly does this superior superindent think is the right impression? David Cameron talks about hugging hoodies, but I'm really not impressed. Wrongdoing is wrongdoing. If the police are going to be more concerned with the feelings of hoodies than with dealing with blatant criminality, then we are really going to hell in a handbasket!


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