Police swift to seize the new opportunity

Barely a week has passed since the mass murders in Norway.  But that hasn’t stopped Britain’s ‘finest’ using the attacks by Anders Breivik to justify their own paramilitary behaviour in defence of the establishment.

A reader has written to AM today with anonymised details of something that happened a few days ago.

A man was arrested in an English town following his written demand for a senior council executive to resign from their job, over their refusal to listen to local residents’ demands for a proper consultation over a contentious issue.  The man sent in a strongly worded communication, including his details, and with typically British humour included some tongue in cheek comments to demonstrate his annoyance.

The authority in question chose to interpret the letter as a threat and called in the police in an attempt to criminalise the individual.  Contempt of local government is clearly a priority for the police and so, at 6.00am, several officers arrived at the individuals address, arrested him and also removed his computers.

It was during this daring operation that one of the officers explained to the gobsmacked individual:

‘After Breivik we can’t be too careful’.

!!!

He was later released and his computers returned to him, but to satisfy the lust for retribution from the local authority the police gave the man a caution for good measure.  On the advice of his solicitor he has asked that no information that can identify him or the easily offended authority be published, in case it results in further attempts to acquaint him with various organs of the state whose intrusion and interference would make life somewhat less enjoyable.

Suffice to say this is another example of police over reaction. Never slow to miss an opportunity to impose themselves on people in dubious circumstances they are already citing the Breivik factor as justification for their disproportionate and heavy handed behaviour.  Didn’t take long, did it?

Had a member of the public reported an actual threat they could only dream of this kind of police response on their behalf.  Clearly we have a two tier nation where the establishment can make vexatious complaints and count upon rapid and fullsome police action, but ordinary people are often left to fend for themselves when faced with genuine threats.

12 Responses to “Police swift to seize the new opportunity”


  1. 1 EFTA NOT EU 31/07/2011 at 5:17 pm

  2. 2 Dave H 31/07/2011 at 5:42 pm

    On what grounds did they issue a caution? My understanding of a formal caution is that it should be issued to someone who has broken the law but where the authorities deem it not worth prosecuting and that by accepting the caution the recipient is effectively agreeing to having ‘slipped up’. The facts as presented here don’t reveal anything worth a caution.

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 31/07/2011 at 5:50 pm

    Indeed it is curious. I know one person (separate matter) who was offered a caution and refused it to have his day in court, so the police simply released him with a ‘no further action’. I wonder if more people would be released if they refused cautions.

  4. 4 Span Ows 31/07/2011 at 5:54 pm

    I suggest telling him to campaign against that council jobsworth some more. The council is wasting police time and they probably know it.

  5. 5 permanentexpat 31/07/2011 at 6:07 pm

    Learning to love Big Brother
    The councillor concerned should pause to realise that he is the servant of the poor bugger being harassed & who is paying his/her probably grossly inflated salary.
    Surprised the plod didn’t use a stun gun on the ‘perp’ & pepperspray his computer…after all, you can’t be too careful these days..

  6. 6 Delphius 31/07/2011 at 7:53 pm

    Its no surprise at all this has happened, especially with the noises ACPO have been making since the atrocity in Norway.

    This is why we need to use legislation to prosecute the elite for vexatious and malicious abuse of power.

    It should not be one rule for them, another rule for us.

    This is also another case outlining the abuse of Police cautions. People are persuaded by the Police to accept cautions when there is no case to answer. Solicitors should be advising their clients not to accept cautions as they are in effect an admission of guilt.

  7. 7 Nick 31/07/2011 at 7:56 pm

    Oh dear! Maybe I should expect a 6-am hammering on the door soon: I recently (pre Brevik) emailed my MP to grumble about him having voted in favour of the whopping increase in our payment to the IMF which was in turn being (to all intents and purposes) gifted to Greece. I mentioned that even if no other of his constituents had noticed the way he voted, I certainly had, and that he should think harder about his constituents interests before chucking money away like this. I said people are becoming pissed off.

    The email and letter I received in reply told me that I had used aggressive language, and that I had been offensive. Judge my email for yourself:

    “Maybe you’ll be surprised that, amongst all the BBC/Guardian hyped
    “outrage” over the Noos of the Scroos’ “news” gathering techniques
    (Wholly disgraceful action by journos, obviously. But it’s not just
    News Corps engaging in unlawful and/or unethical practice, is it?) that
    at least one (me!) of your constituents noticed that you voted in favour
    of the £9.8bn additional money from Britain to the IMF, in order that
    the IMF can lend to Greece, to make sure that bankers can remain inside their gilded bubbles and politicos can continue to survive the
    consequences of their profligacy with other people’s money.

    And where is this £9.8bn to come from? Can’t be HM Treasury, can it, as
    “there’s no money left”. So you’re borrowing it. Borrowing, so that it
    can be lent-on to Greece. All very well, until you realise that the chances of this being repaid are close to zero. In other words, it’s
    like making a gift to the Greeks.

    Why, when (so you claim) Government spending is being restricted to the
    point where, for example, we can hardly afford armed forces that are
    anything other than a shadow of their former selves, is it possible or
    sensible to borrow money in order to throw it at basket-case countries,
    to prop-up the madness that is The Euro?

    Those of us who live outside the mad, cushioned, delusional world of
    Westminster and Euroland politics are getting mightily pissed-off by the
    incessant neglect of our interests by those offered to us to be elected
    to represent them. I venture to suggest that some time devoted to
    thinking about how tax-paying constituents feel on these matters would
    be time well spent.”

  8. 8 Delphius 31/07/2011 at 9:17 pm

    Nick, I emailed my MP on the same subject, see my blog for the response so far.

    I’m doing some digging because its far from satisfactory

  9. 9 Uncle Badger 31/07/2011 at 9:28 pm

    Delphius is right in his earlier comment. There needs to be a swift, firm, legal response when police and local councils overstep the mark..

    Rather than squander their money supporting corrupt political parties, wealthy donors would do better to establish a fighting fund whereby top-flight legal representation could be obtained to turn the tables on bullies who use our money to oppress us.

  10. 10 ianhills 31/07/2011 at 11:02 pm

    It surprises me that with more and more little Hitlers in councils and the police acting like SS thugs, people don’t go on council tax strike, or at least police precept strike.

    If enough people did it, they couldn’t all be gaoled – the court backlog would be too huge, as at the time of the poll tax rebellion. The money saved could be chipped in to provide common services – perhaps neighbourhoods could hire vigilantes with baseball bats to restore real law and order.

    I hope more and more people start to think this way, as I am convinced that mass people power is the only answer to our difficulties. There are many more of “us” than there are of “them”. We just need to rediscover “us”.

  11. 11 right_writes 01/08/2011 at 7:34 am

    Not wanting to put a damper on this thread but from what I can see, the police are only acting in accordance with their traditional brief which of course is to protect those with something from those with nothing. That of course, is a relative term… Those with nothing are those of us who have a mortgage, and a job/profession (usually under threat these days), those with something are senior bods from within the establishment.

    As ianhills points out above “…perhaps neighbourhoods could hire vigilantes with baseball bats to restore real law and order.”, this was how we traditionally looked after our affairs, and the police were established by the Tory party to effect the (in their view) correct state.

    Whenever people start talking about the police going “off piste”, I often think about the real meaning of that vaudeville song, and the mindset of the people that thought it both funny and “appropriate”…

    I’m sure that most people know this, but just in case…

    “Ask A Policeman – song lyrics
    ASK A POLICEMAN. Copyright, 1889, by Harding Bros. Composed by A. E. Durandeau. Sung by Joe. O’Connor.

    The police force is a noble band, that safely guard our streets. Their valor is unquestion’d, and they’re monarchs on their “beats;” If anything you wish to know, they’ll tell you with a grin, In fact, each one of them is a complete “inquire within.”
    Chorus. If you want to know the time, ask a policeman. The proper city time, ask a policeman, Every member of the force has a watch and chain, of course, How he got it, from what source? ask a policeman.
    And if you stay out late at night and visit regions queer. Thanks to those noble guardians, of danger you’ve no fear; If beer you want, and stores are closed, go to the man in blue. He’ll show you where the side door is, and tell you what to do.
    Chorus. If you want to get a drink, ask a policeman, He’ll manage it, I think, will a policeman, He’ll find out the secret way, where you can, both night and day, Get a cocktail right away, can a policeman.
    And if your hired girl suddenly should leave her cozy place, Don’t publish an advertisement, her whereabouts to trace; No matter what the neighbors say, if you wish her to trace. Go ask the fellow dressed in blue, he’ll soon find out the place.
    Chorus. If you don’t know where she’s gone, ask a policeman, Or where from you she’s run. ask a policeman. He may say some dude did try to make her from home fly. You’ll know better bye and bye from that policeman.
    And if you’re getting very stout, wish to be trim and nice, No need a doctor to call in, you just take my advice; Go in for running all you can, both morning, noon and night. And if you want a pattern, watch a policeman in a fight,
    Chorus. If you want to learn to run, ask a policeman, When a battle has begun, watch a policeman, Round the corner he will go, swift as arrow from a bow. He don’t care to meet the foe, does a policeman.
    Or if you’re called away from home, and leave your wife behind. You think, oh, would that I a friend to guard the house could find; And keep my love in safety, but let all your troubles cease, You’ll find the wished for safeguard in our honest, good police.
    Chorus. ‘. If your wife requires a friend, ask a policeman, Who to her wants will attend, ask a policeman, Or if manliness you’d trace, on a guileless honest face, To take care of wife and place, get a policeman. “

    Maybe, our predecessors knew a bit more than we give them credit for.

  12. 12 Jeremy Poynton 01/08/2011 at 3:34 pm

    @Nick 31/07/2011 at 7:56 pm

    I emailed my local MP to complain about taxpayers’ money going to the bailouts. He replied that I was wrong, and this was not happening. Two days later, he voted for the doubling of our IMF contribution. I left him in no doubt of my feelings about this, and that any slight chance he might have had of getting my vote next time round was dead.


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