A pregnant young mother was stabbed to death in a “completely random” attack while walking to work today, police said.There are no further details as yet, but the ‘random’ and ‘unknown to victim’ aspect (and the reaction - when apprehended - of the suspect) makes me think this may well turn out to be yet another ‘care in the community’ case.
Detective Superintendent Christine Kelk said the woman, who was in her early 20s, was on her own when it appears she was attacked by a man she did not know and stabbed in the back.
A husband is being hunted by police after the decomposing body of a woman was found in a wheelie bin in a quiet suburban street.The perfect hiding place for a body, it would seem, is no longer the shallow grave in the woods or your neighbouring pig farm – it’s the ‘too heavy’ or ‘too far up the driveway’ wheelie bin, which will go uncollected for week while council workers shake their heads and drive on by.
The neighbour also saw the wheelie bin on its side on the driveway shortly before police were called. “The binmen come on Fridays around here but it wouldn’t have been collected because they won’t come down the path — you have to put it out on the pavement. It could have been there for three weeks.”
An emergency patient died after a paramedic allegedly diverted an ambulance because his shift had ended.No further details have yet emerged, but I wonder if this ambulance was sent (despite the nearness to end of shift) because it was the only one available, or because the all important ‘targets’ take priority and the paramedics are expected to just put up with it?
The 3.3 mile (5.3 km) journey from the patient's house to the hospital should have taken less than 10 minutes.
But the delay meant he was not admitted to hospital until 30 minutes after the 999 call was made.
And then we have the icing on the cake:
One of Britain's most notorious female murderers has been given £5,000 of cosmetic surgery on the Health Service.While elsewhere, pensioners are denied treatment for macular degeneration on ‘cost effective’ grounds…
Now, you may wonder what all these incidents have in common.
On the surface, nothing.
But they speak to a deeper malaise in this country, a collapse of law and order, of proper care and restraint for the mad, bad and dangerous, an obsession with targets, rules and regulations (while losing sight of the big picture), the reduction in critical frontline staff while the backroom pen-pushing staff multiply like rabbits and the overly-developed sense of ‘rights’ for those who have abrogated those of others, yet never seem to lose out as a result.
Changing the government, while welcome, isn’t going to fix this. We should be cautious – it’s going to be a long, long haul.