Deeply saddened by the death of a young man in Yarm on Sunday early morning. My sincere sympathies go out to his grieving family and friends. Attacked and chased by a gang of 6 or more louts, his body was found in the river 2 days later. Despicable.
I live in an area where Cleveland Police have zero tolerance for exceeding the speed limit (you can get 3 points on your license for doing 33 mph), but they seem to have enormous tolerance for violence and drugs. About time they cleaned up Yarm which used to be a lovely, North Yorkshire town where one could go out in the evening without a likelihood of assault, or seeing druggies and fights on the High Street.
Personally I would like to see a hard clampdown on drug use and distribution because the type of people now visiting Yarm at weekends has deteriorated beyond control. Why do they call it 'Black-eye Friday' in Yarm? You might well wonder.
I do understand that they are poorly resourced and under-manned but they should get their priorities right IMHO. One should use sparse resources wisely. Inadvertent traffic violations are not the same as violent assaults and drug abuse and there should be a lot more convictions for the latter than the former.
I grew up in Bermondsey which was a pretty rough area of London in the 50s and 60s and often went 'up town' to night clubs like 'Tiles' on Oxford Street. I met a wide variety of thugs, some escaped from Borstal and some carried knives or guns. Such weapons were seldom used though. I have seen a lot of violence in my time. As a Neurosurgeon I have worked in places like Liverpool and Glasgow and treated people after horrendous injuries but those thing were not all that common 30 years ago. Things have now changed (especially in London) and sadly violence, knife crime and drug abuse is spreading. I accept it may be a reflection of Home Office cut-backs and the abuse of our police by successive governments who have frankly lost the plot.
I should say I am not in the least anti-police, quite the opposite. I think they should have more resources and more personnel so they can do their job, but for heaven's sake, prioritize, before society really does take a nose dive.