A “Hot Dog Hopper” van could be setting up shop outside the Jobcentre, near the Town Hall, until 5am from Monday until Saturday.Huh..?
But Essex Police licensing officer Mick Aitchison has written to Colchester Council’s licensing committee opposing it.
He said: “Essex Police are extremely concerned this van could become a focal point for crime and disorder and public nuisance long after the latest alcohol premises in the High Street has closed (Liquid & Envy at 3.30am) and it will encourage persons to remain in the High Street long after the last visible police presence has cleared from this area.”Well, don't 'clear from the area' then! Or is that too simple?
It seems the police are worried that another focal point for people (who may, or may not, cause trouble) will split their resources:
Currently, police can focus their resources on Queen Street and St Botolph’s Street in the early hours of the morning, as most takeaways in the town centre are based there.Perhaps if the police are so short of resources they should give up the social work and stop harassing photographers?
The Dutch Quarter Association, and councillors Henry Spyvee and Bill Frame, are also against the plan.So, there you have it. We must never, ever do anything that has the potential for crime.
Mr Spyvee said: “I am concerned the High Street is already unsafe during the hours of the night.
“Adding further potential for crime is unacceptable.”
Now, can anyone give me an example of an activity that doesn't - in some way - allow the potential for crime?