Police are to hold US-style ceasefire summits with London's most dangerous gang members in a new attempt to tackle gun and knife violence.Wha..? Why accord these thugs the status of enemy combatants?
The ceasefire project has been launched as a trial scheme in Waltham Forest but is expected to be rolled out across boroughs worst hit by gang violence. So far nine criminals and their families are being offered help with housing, addiction, education and jobs in a bid to tackle the causes of gang problems.And if the bribery and soft-touch treatment doesn't work?
If support is refused, police advise people they will be targeted relentlessly. The spokesman added: "There is a zero tolerance approach to those who persist in their gang activities and do not engage with us."OK, now, I realise I'm not a police officer, but given that upholding the law is your actual job, why don't you cut to the chase and try the zero tolerance approach first?
After all, it's not so long ago that one of your number was bleating to the press about how his members were being 'forced' to act as social worker/mental health worker/youth worker by the awful cuts.
It's a bit much to undermine his speech by willingly adding council worker/jobseeker advice coach to the list, isn't it?