Monday, 16 November 2009

Utterly Senseless…

It seems Romford is in the news again, and once again, not for anything good:
A boy of four was fighting for his life last night after being shot with a maritime distress flare.

The child was walking hand-in-hand with his parents just yards from their home on an inland council estate.
Note the ‘inland’ there. Because the ‘Mail’ wants to make it quite clear that this was unexpected, as if, had it been a seaside resort estate, it would be acceptable…
The flare, normally used by ships, coastguards and the military, was fired horizontally into the street from some distance away.

It narrowly missed the boy’s two-year-old sister, who was in a pushchair, before hitting him in the back, causing severe internal injuries.
When they catch them - if they catch them – I’d have no objection to them tying one of these to their genitals and lighting the blue touch paper, then standing well back…
Last night the boy was in a medically-induced coma on life support in hospital, with his condition described as critical but stable.

Police said they believed the family, who were on their way to a children’s birthday party, were deliberately targeted.
Not ‘deliberately targeted’ in the sense that they were targeted because of who they were, one hopes.

More in the sense that this thing was deliberately aimed at a person, and not simply an accidental discharge.
Detective Inspector David Cavanagh said: ‘This thing was being pointed at this group, without doubt.

'It’s not something that has gone off by accident…’
Quite…
Police are appealing for two witnesses to come forward – the woman who stopped to help and a young black boy who asked about the victim’s health at the scene but had gone when police arrived.

Detective stressed that he is a witness, not a suspect.
It seems odd that they need to say this, until one remembers that the police are now, above all things, so politically correct that they need to say it…

7 comments:

Von Spreuth. said...

Police are appealing for two witnesses to come forward – the woman who stopped to help and a young black boy who asked about the victim’s health at the scene.

Good on the lad. Hope he feels he can come foreward and help.

But notice how it is O.K to mention the colour in THIS instance, but when something goes pear shaped, we are left to guess, even when the public are SUPPOSED to be being give a description that could help capture a murderer or rapist?

James Higham said...

I think Jams O'Donnell lives in Romford.

JuliaM said...

"But notice how it is O.K to mention the colour in THIS instance, but when something goes pear shaped, we are left to guess..."

Good point!

indigomyth said...

What sort of person fires a distress flare at a four-year old?

What is more worrying is that if the criminal is under age, then they will only serve a very light sentence.

Von Spreuth said...

indigomyth said...

What is more worrying is that if the criminal is under age, then they will only serve a very light sentence.


WTF?

If he is "underage" he will recieve NO sentence. because "underage" MEANS they can not be prosecuted.

WHAT do you mean EXACTLY?

JuliaM said...

It sems they've arrested an 18 year old for this, so hopefully the 'underage' question is moot..

wh00ps said...

I want to know where they get these flares. The local yobboes round my way are always shooting the things off! They don't half go bang when They hit something on the ground i'm not surprised that poor kid's so badly hurt.