A stowaway died after falling thousands of feet from a plane and crash-landing on a car parked in a quiet residential street, police said today.Actually, they didn’t say that – it’s merely one line of enquiry, as a further comment shows:
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “We were called to reports of a dead body at 7.55am yesterday. The victim had multiple injuries. The death is currently being treated as unexplained.
“Speculation that he may have been a stowaway who had fallen from a plane is one line of inquiry.”Given the sort of injuries one could expect from falling from an aircraft, I’d have thought it wouldn’t take long…
But what’s the reason for that enquiry preventing people from leaving their houses?
Resident Joe Dodd said he did not hear anything in the night but woke to find the street outside sealed off by police. He said: “When I got up at eight the body was still on the pavement. They had not moved it.
“We were not allowed out of our house for ages. ”So, people are unable to go to work or take their children to school? They are kept prisoner in their homes?
Under what law? And why?
What would happen if they disobeyed? Would they be arrested under the ubiquitous (and handy!) ‘breach of the peace’ catch-all?
Do they think another suspected stowaway might plummet to the ground on top of a yummie mummie shepherding her brood to the Audi parked at the curb, and they’ll be held responsible if they don’t keep everyone behind their own doors?
Similarly, what law empowers the police to demand that people leave their homes when they spot something suspicious in a neighbouring garden shed and freak out with no good reason? Is it their desire not to be on the hook for the inevitable enquiry if that million to one chance proves right?
Or is it because there’s absolutely no comebacks on them for all the stress and inconvenience it causes people, so they might as well go ahead?