Deputy Chief Constable Sara Glen told journalists in a remote media briefing on Wednesday that the law does not allow fixed penalty notices to be issued to under-18s.Crystal clear, right? Couldn't possibly be misunderstood?
Between March 27 and April 13, 39 of the fines were wrongly issued to children by police in England.That's 39 times they ignored their powers. Now, we don't know that it's not because those subject to the fines claimed to be older than they actually were.
But if that was the case....wouldn't the police spokeswoman have sought to elaborate, to deflect blame?
Still, I'm sure these new guidelines will be clearly understood and not abused. Aren't you?