A policeman has been caught on camera branding a group of school children the 'scum of the estate'.Unfortunately, the 'Mail' has the video, and shows it, which rather gives the lie to their 'OMG! Police out of control!' slant by showing this group of 'school children' in all their truculent, aggressive, ignorant glory.
If they'd got a swift backhander (as I'd have got if I spoke to any adult in that fashion, never mind a police officer) I wouldn't have blamed the cop one bit. In some countries, they'd be lucky to escape with just that!
Of course, cue outraged parents with the usual excuses for their brood:
Mother-of-11 Margaret, 48, and disabled father Peter, 51..Eleven!!! They must have great jobs, to be able to afford such a huge brood, eh?
...yesterday hit out at police for the 'outrageous' outburst, saying that adult police officers should be 'setting an example'.Shouldn't you be doing that?
Are you proud of the way your offspring acts when he's got a group of his mates with him? I'd be hanging my head in utter shame, but for people like you, I suspect shame is as alien a concept as personal responsibility.
'The police officer's behaviour was outrageous. I would go far as to say it was harassment on the children...Harry is not a troublemaker. There is nowhere for the children to go.'Ahh, yes, the familiar refrain: 'My kids have to hang around in large, aggressive, intimidating groups 'cos I don't want 'em under my feet, do I? How can I get any peace to watch 'Trisha'?'
Harry's father Peter believes officers are being 'very heavy-handed' and claimed he saw a police patrol car pass by their home at least 43 times in one night.Whaaaat!?! Some places never, ever see a patrol car! If this is true - and what as he doing looking out of his window and counting anyway? I've got better things to do with my time! - why the need for...
Kent police have been forced to step up patrols in the area after a number of incidents of anti social behaviour.But not little angel Harry, surely? Perish the thought!
He added: 'Last weekend, officers came to arrest a young girl and there were 13 cars and two police vans on the estate. 'All the police presence is just frustrating the children, it does seem to be very heavy-handed.'Out of the mouths of, well, not babes, exactly...
In the secretly filmed footage captured on Harry's phone when the children object, the rude officer says it is his opinion. The children then say that they could call him 'scum' too, to which the officer replies: 'Okay, I'll take that.'Well, yes. After all, he has to, doesn't he?
And if he has to take it, I don't see why young rapscallion Harry and his tooth-sucking posse shouldn't. Sometimes the shoe fits...
* No, don't get too excited, Melvin. I don't mean that...