Having watched so many police programs where chases seem to go on forever, putting innocent lives at risk, I'm surprised this hardening of tactics hasn't happened sooner.
Predictably " Diane Abbott warned on Tuesday that “knocking people off bikes is potentially very dangerous – it shouldn’t be legal for anyone”", but then she's been in a world of her own for as long as I can remember.
These thugs show no concern for their victims, so why should they get kid glove treatment?
The muggers are despicable little s*s and certainly need dealing with firmly, but on the face of it should a juvenile who has committed a fairly minor crime, by todays standards, be subject to potentially life threatening injuries even before the case has been proved?
We'll see how public opinion changes the first time a rider loses a limb or is brain damaged and wheelchair bound for the rest of their life. Yes and very true oresome
We have much less control over the way our children turnout than we would like to think we do. Fortunately I've had no such problems with my two but at least part of this is due to luck. How would I feel if it was my child that ended up seriously injured even if it was his own stupid fault.
Camden Police responded directly to Diane Abbot's criticism of their tactical contact strategy, saying:-
"Someone who’s responsible for law-making (or at least debating and ratifying new legislation) should probably realise that using tactical contact to terminate dangerous pursuits is entirely within our lawful power… And our responsibility."
Since when, Ms. Abbot has been strangely silent on the subject.
Camden Police say that since September, when they started using tactical contact methods, Moped muggings in their area have decreased by 90%.
Doesn't that say it all. Would those who oppose such tactics like to suggest an alternative or just let the previous situation continue. It has clearly been a serious detterentent and if there are 90% less of such people then there is 90% less to cause other accidents unrelated to police intervention.