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Wednesday 19 September 2012

Armed Police?

Following the latest murder of two lady police officers by a cold-blooded killer in Greater Manchester there is, once again, a call to arm the police. I doubt that in this case, as in many others, it would have done any good. The question people should be asking is why this obviously dangerous man was released on bail after being earlier held following another shooting. Surely the main function of the police and the Home Secretary is to ensure the safety of the public. The law is written in such a way that criminals are favoured over the victims in a measured way that gives the former the benefit of the doubt. Magistrates and prosecutors have their hands tied by such as the Human Rights brigade for fear that a police state will result from detention without trial legislation. The result is that the Home Secretary and the Police cannot offer the public the quality of safety that they might expect.
Isn't it time to look again at the bail laws to see if more known violent people can be held in detention for longer? If necessary make room in the prisons by releasing non violent criminals like Asil Nadir.
Living in Spain, I know what it's like to be policed by the gun toting Guardia Civil. They are formidable officers that retain a military like bearing and reputation for fierce policing. You do not mess with the Guardia! Would they seem so tough without their guns? I don't really know; it's part of their uniform and I live in a low crime area. I only know that they scare the shit out of me.

At the moment, the detained man, Dale Cregan, is unknown to the public. We know he was born in Droylsden and was a roofer but what about his family? Are his parents alive? Does he have any brothers and sisters? What do they think of their son and sibling? Only thirteen years ago he was presumably going to school; possibly in shorts. What was he like then; where did it all go wrong?

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