Two intruders got onto the roof of a building on Old Market Street this evening and refused to come down. Avon and Somerset police removed them, using trespass legislation, after the owner discovered locks had been broken and entry had been forced.Hurrah!
Oh, no. Wait…
But police spokeswoman Claire Stanley said two people had managed to get back in, climb up onto the roof and were still refusing to come down when police left the incident at 6pm.Wait, so…you left them up there & went back to the station? What, was your tea getting cold, or something?
A force spokesman later explained officers knew who the offenders were but did not arrest them at the time as climbing up on the roof would not have been “proportionate” to the charges of criminal damage they faced.Gosh, it’s strange what is considered ‘proportional’ by the police, and what isn't. Isn't it?
I mean, turning up at what-time-of-the-day-do-you-call-this in the morning to arrest an ageing 70s TV personality - and turning up mob-handed, at that - is clearly proportional. While apprehending two lawbreakers trespassing on the roof of a civilian's property is clearly beyond the pale.