Community leaders in Boscombe have reassured residents that the area is “still safe” after the spate of crime on Monday night.Now, in certain areas, such ‘community leaders’ would be religious leaders, local businessmen, etc. Here, they are local politicians. And hey, if you can’t trust them, who can you trust?
Ward councillor Phil Stanley-Watts said it was particularly disappointing to hear of these developments given the recent efforts to regenerate the area. “It is very, very sad these events have happened here,” he added. “There is no place for these people in Boscombe.”‘These people’? Well, goodness me, how very undiverse of you!
“I can assure people that police are doing all they can. Boscombe is one of the most policed areas in Dorset. ”Hmmm, I don’t think that’s as reassuring as you might think it is.
Cllr Jane Kelly said: “I think the first thing to say is that they are isolated incidents and not symptomatic of something breaking out. “These things happen all over the place, all of the time. When it happens in Boscombe everyone throws up their arms.”Yes, well, that’s a good thing, surely? Is it better to just shrug and accept it, then?
Cllr Chris Wakefield praised the quick police response to both incidents but stressed they were isolated incidents.A phrase he picked up while questioning the police on their response times, perhaps?