A police sergeant launched an angry attack on his own force yesterday after yobs who threw a stone that smashed his car window were let off without prosecution.Yeah, soft policing. It's a crime, isn't it, Sergeant Jennings?
The policeman said: 'I feel very frustrated and angry'.Welcome to the club!
But he later discovered to his astonishment that his bosses had decided the boys should not be taken to court.Hard to disagree, given they stoned a moving vehicle, showering Mrs Jennings with broken glass. However, Inspector Dave Hunter isn't moved:
Sergeant Jennings, who has served with Hampshire Police for 22 years, called the punishment 'a slap on the wrist'.
He said the boys should have faced the more serious charge of causing criminal damage likely to endanger life. This would have meant a court appearance.
'In my view this was a case that could only be dealt with in the courts,' the sergeant added.
'It was so severe that it didn't warrant a simple warning.'
Inspector Dave Hunter rejected his criticisms and defended the decision not to prosecute.Hard not to read that in the voice of a sulky teenager forced to do chores, isn't it? 'Oh, Muuuum, but it's too hard!'
He said: 'All that happened was that a window was broken because of a moment of impulsive stupidity. They'd say it's just criminal damage.'
Perhaps the ranks should be reversed, and 'Inspector' (Ed - of what, exactly?) Hunter could do a bit of sergeanting for a change...
Naturally enough, this wasn't the yobs first offence:
In this case one of the two boys, who admitted throwing the stones, was given a reprimand, and the other a final warning.Bet he's shaking in his trainers...