Stupid question I know.

Christopher Sims had his £1,000 1995 Ford Transit van stolen containing £1,000 of his work assets. He told the police who he thought was responsible and they said “yes, you’re right”, but it’s too dangerous for our officers to go in and get it back for you unless we go in ‘mob-handed’ and that’s far too expensive.

Conversely, Sean Smith of Alvis Grove, Osbaldwick failed to pay £2,362.68p in council tax on 2009 and was sent to the pokey for 45 days.

Mr Sims has presumably paid his taxes but he does not get the help he is due from the state. I suppose his insurers will pick up the bill (sorry, not the insurers, the premium payers like you and me).

Despite the police saying there aren’t any ‘no-go’ areas in this case, I don’t buy it. If the prospect of violence is preventing law enforcement action then the police have created a ‘no-go’ area by default.

The councils now spend thousands on tracking down dog-pooh and school catchment area miscreants, even stooping to the use of anti-terrorist laws to nab them. But the police can’t enforce law against potentially violent people? Something is definitely wrong with this picture.

I say let’s open up a couple of huge traveller’s parks in the Downing Street and Westminster postcodes and pull the police out of the area on the basis of cost. After all, when was the last attack made on a UK Prime Minister or other minister or MP? Ah! It’s because they were given proper protection that they were kept safe.

Everybody should be given protection under the law, not just the rich, famous and influential and those whose plight is deemed safe and affordable. Actually, society cannot afford the eventual price of not spending what is required to retrieve this man’s property (and the property of many more like him). Elected police chiefs would go a long way to addressing this problem.

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