Southend Council wants to give its counter-fraud teams new powers so they can carry out investigations independently of police and other law enforcement agencies.
The new powers would enable council officers to execute search warrants and seize assets that could be the proceeds of crime.Note that: 'could be..'
These are the people that can't collect your bins without a song & dance, are always unprepared for ice & snow on the roads and would rather you didn't have any right of reply.
Martin Terry, leader of the council’s independent group, cautiously welcomed the plans.So much for 'independence' then...
He said: “It seems a bit draconian for council officers to be able to search people’s homes and my biggest concern is that at some point they get it wrong.Gosh, really?
“But, in principle, I support this, if it is to seize back money from people who have genuinely defrauded the taxpayer.”And are we going to let them decide that?
Still, it'll give them something else to recruit a network of junior spies for, I suppose...