The thing that struck me about this one was how un-English it seemed. No-one sat back and awaited the cops. They got stuck in. It reminded me of videos from Third World countries where there's little expectation that the State will be of any use, and people therefore handle things themselves.
Of course, that usually ends with the miscreants dragged from the car and beaten to death. But baby steps, eh?
And the very next story made me wonder if we will see more of this in 2019:
Two children, one boy and one girl, were relentlessly abused by the man, now 18, when they were aged just five and eight during twisted games of 'murder in the dark'.
Their family, from Devon, took comfort after their 'nightmare' earlier this year when the man was jailed for a year, subjected to a restraining order and made to sign the Sex Offender's Register.*speechless*
But just weeks later, that was overturned. The family, who cannot be named to protect their children's identities, said the justice system has 'utterly failed' them.Does anyone disagree with that assessment? I can't.
The appealed decision was not made public and it took MailOnline months to get confirmation from the courts.The authorities know how it's going to play with the population. Hiding it shows that.
'My children cannot walk freely in their own village. What messages does that send to other children? Should they come forward?
'Three weeks. I just found that such a ridiculous. It's preposterous. You would get longer for theft. That's the end of the line now. No further action.
'This is the most painful thing a family can go through. We discovered our two children were horribly sexually abused. It was hard to come to terms with and for all that pain - this is what we ended up with.'I predict we'll see more and more people turning their backs on State agencies to resolve their problems in 2019. And I can't find it in my heart to blame them.