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Have the Met police given up with the prosecution of criminals?

10 August, 2017

Cartoon: John Sadler

• AFTER the most recent safer neighbourhoods panel meeting for Gospel Oak, the only police officer to attend circulated a report about mobile phone theft.

He wrote that there is a “rugged refusal to accept that it is no longer safe to walk in London with your mobile phone on display”. He also blamed house burglary on leaving doors open and car theft on leaving items on display.

This trend follows the Police and Crime Plan move to close police stations and send the officers to engage with the public in shopping malls and supermarkets.

Apparently the traditional role of arresting violent robbers and sending them down, has been dropped to avoid the cost of investigations.

Have we become the wild west? Have the Met given up with the prosecution of criminals and are they only in the business of advising the law-abiding public about how to avoid inevitable crime? If all this is true, what is the law for?

STEVE ADAMS
Rona Road, NW3

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