UK Liberty

Ludicrous arrests, a dossier of lunacy

Posted in law and order by ukliberty on May 15, 2007

We read about two girls being fined £80 each after a police officer saw them drawing on the pavement.  Their local mayor intervened (breaking the rule of law?) and the fines were eventually revoked.

Today, in the Times, the police are complaining about the consequences of centrally-set targets:

Police officers are being driven to make “ludicrous” arrests for trivial incidents to bolster government targets, the new Justice Secretary will be told.

The leaders of 130,000 police officers have drawn up a dossier of “lunacy” on Britain’s streets. They say that children are being arrested for throwing cream buns and bits of cucumber while adults are getting criminal records for offences that merit nothing more than a ticking-off.

The pressure to get results is so bad, they say, that officers are criminalising and alienating their traditional supporters in Middle England and many are so disillusioned that they are considering quitting.

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