The Mail reports on a story of a shopkeeper who, catching a youth stealing some grapes from his store then drove the offender home and handed him over to his father. Using the word "frogmarched" in the headline does rather stretch journalistic licence even for the Mail, but I digress. The Daily Telegraph also reports on this story (not on-line) and this would appear to be a precis of the Mail story.
What strikes me as rather odd and worrying is the fact that having been informed that this case did not warrant court proceedings a senior police officer appealed the decision and proceeded on the basis that the disparity of ages made the shopkeeper's action "intolerable". "Intolerable"? On what basis? One person is an adult and the other a child - is it not for adults to admonish children who misbehave?
Couple this with the fact that as a result of this senior police officer's decision a totally unecessary fine of £250 was incurred by the adult and the case cost the taxpayer £50,000. On the facts presented, perhaps this senior police officer needs to become a junior police officer?
Our society is fast presenting a wealth of opportunity for those indoctrinated with political correctness to "make hay". In the Daily Telegraph, just below the story related above, is another article illustrating this fact. A community campaigner bought a camera to gather evidence of bad behaviour in her neighbourhood. When asking her housing association, Liverpool Mutual Homes, for advice on how to use it she was informed that she could be putting herself at risk from a health & safety perspective; that she could run the risk of breaching privacy laws and lastly that filming young people could open up a completely different set of problems. Countering the statement from Merseyside police spokesman who said they welcomed video footage as it assisted in criminal investigations, Angela Forshaw, the housing director of LMH, said it took anti-social behaviour "very seriously".
Afterthought: I wonder whether it is an infringment of my human rights to be denied the opportunity of administering a good, old fashioned, clip round the ear to errant youths? Oh hang on, don't bother answering that..................