After Miss High, 55, secured an eviction order the following day, the group proceeded to trash her house, leaving most of the rooms uninhabitable.Yes, despite the Romanians being in clear possession of stolen property, entered by force and taken by deception, the response from the police was ‘Meh! Get a court order…’
Contrast that with the response you get when you have an altercation with another driver:
A pensioner with a heart condition was shocked to see 12 police officers, one armed with a taser and another handling a dog, outside his home after a heated confrontation with a motorist.He’s 74. Clearly, a far more frightening prospect for our boys in blue…
And while the Romanians are allowed to go free, to beg, steal and squat somewhere else (would that someone could only give them Alexander Vasudevan's address!), the court pursues Mr Cruse with the full majesty of the law:
He waited for six months for the case to go to Gloucester Crown Court – where the Crown Prosecution Service insisted on a jury trial despite strong criticism from two judges.Part of the reason why might be explained by this:
The prosecution had alleged Mr Cruse had bumped Trevor Meakin's car as he tried to get onto his driveway. It was alleged when Mr Meakin confronted him, he reversed and hit the car again before getting out a baseball bat and approaching him in a threatening manner.That’s why he got dragged to court. He challenged ‘the authorities’…
When police arrived, Mr Meakin told them he would accept an apology from Mr Cruse, who refused to give one.
He said after the hearing: "The so-called baseball bat was a stick I had made into a rounders bat for a family picnic and it fell out of the car as I got out. The whole thing has been a storm in a teacup and I can't believe the way the police reacted to it – sending three cars and a dozen officers to tackle a pensioner like me."I can easily believe the way the police reacted to it, sadly.
A CPS spokesman said there was sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it was in the public interest. He said: "Given Mr Cruse did not accept our offer of a bind-over, we had no alternative but to go ahead with the prosecution." Gloucestershire police Chief Inspector Richard Burge said: "The 999 call stated a man was threatening someone with a baseball bat and vandalising a car, and as such we took it very seriously, as the public would expect."The public would indeed expect you to take that sort of report seriously, but once you got there, they’d expect you to have a bit of common sense.
They’d also expect you to react instantly to riots, and prevent buildings being burned to the ground, shops looted, and men killed. Where were you then?
They’d expect women who returned to their legal homes to find foreign squatters in them not to have to sleep elsewhere and get a court order before they were turfed out. Where are you then?