Monday, 11 August 2008

By Their Deeds Shall Ye Know Them…

An investigation has been launched into claims that cheeky cops are said to have left a fridge-magnet calling card after smashing into the wrong house.

Officers hunting a criminal recalled to prison for breaching his release conditions broke into the home of a couple in Oldham.

The family came home to find a hole in their back door, police in the yard, and fridge magnets rearranged to spell "OLDHAM TASK FORCE CALLED".
Find the officer who did it and sack him, as a reminder to the rest that they work for us, not the other way around…

4 comments:

DJ said...

I dunno - having that many fridge magnets seems like a definite taste offence to me.

JuliaM said...

In that neighbourhood, it probably marks them out as dangerous intellectuals... ;)

Rob Farrington said...

I'm from Failsworth (officially part of Oldham) and I agree with you there, juliam!

Although putting on my straight face again, I totally agree with the original post. Violating someone's home is a SERIOUS matter, or at least it should be. They might have had good reason at the time, but this show of utter disrespect would leave the homeowners feeling just as violated as if they'd been burgled - perhaps more, as it was done by the people who are supposed to be on their side.

We pay our taxes for actual, you know...police. Not jackbooted thugs with a malicious sense of humour.

JuliaM said...

"They might have had good reason at the time, but this show of utter disrespect would leave the homeowners feeling just as violated as if they'd been burgled - perhaps more, as it was done by the people who are supposed to be on their side."

I seem to recall a story recently when police mistakenly kicked in the door of an elderly lady on a drugs raid, having misread her address. That brought a speedy apology, a bunch of flowers and an immediate repair.

So they can get it right, which makes it all the more important that they deal with the person in this example appropriately.