Cops in The United Kingdom Seem To Be Fairly Incompetent

Either that or there is so much fear around being labeled xenophobic that they are paralyzed, and left unable to do their jobs. Police and protestors gather outside court where 29 men and one woman face charges of sexually abusing girls as young as 13.

Why do I think they are incompetent?

The offences relate to five young girls and teenagers and were allegedly carried out between 2005 and 2012, when the complainants were 12 to 18 years old.

Someone had to know about this over the course of 7 years.

30 men and 1 woman were arrested over this. They are all named except for one man who could not be name due to “legal reasons” which might mean that he is technically a minor. (It might not.) The BBC has two articles on this case. One from the 6th of September: Huddersfield child sex inquiry: More men appear in court. The other is from the 5th of September: Huddersfield child sex inquiry: Thirty-one in court.

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When Did Giant Balloons Become the Preferred Form of Protest?

I suppose this is in response to the Trump balloon. But the good people of London are not happy with their mayor. Sadiq Khan bikini balloon launched in London.

“Under Sadiq Khan, we have seen crime skyrocket to unprecedented levels. People in London don’t feel safe […] Khan out.”

Both gun and knife crime are on the rise in London, despite Draconian gun control and knife control.

And of course the guy who organized it is being called “Nazi” and “Far-right” because tolerance only flows in one direction.

Knife Attack in London Sends 4 to Hospital

This being the UK, there is damn little info in the press. Quadruple stabbing in London park in latest knife attack within city’s ‘murder mile’ .

Four are in hospital. Witnesses (who universally didn’t want to be identified) said that at least one of the 4, appeared to be very seriously injured.

Scotland Yard said six males were arrested and are being held in custody. The four injured are believed to be teenagers.

That is pretty much the sum-total of the facts handed out by authorities.

In the middle of some prevarication and bit of hand-wringing, Police Superintendent Annmarie Cowley had this to say.

It is beyond comprehension.

File this under, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The area in question is known as London’s “Murder Mile.” Doing the math from there would indicate that another knife attack is hardly beyond comprehension. Or at least it should be for a police department.

‡ I tried to figure out what Scotland Yard means by Superintendent. More than a sergeant. Less than Chief. Yet another example of the British and the Americans separated by a common language.

London Is Not So Peaceful, and It Isn’t Even Trump’s Fault. (Or is it?)

Because London has been in the news…

News from Thursday, that a teenage girl of 17 was killed. Man arrested on suspicion of murder after teenage girl is stabbed to death in Camberwell

The 17-year-old died after she was attacked at midday on Thursday on Brisbane Street.

London Ambulance and London’s Air Ambulance attended however the girl was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 1pm.

They were acquainted, but the story doesn’t give any other details. (Camberwell is part of “Greater London” that is one of the boroughs of London, but not part of the City of London. I never could figure out what the Brits meant by all that.)

Then there were a shooting and a stabbing in London on Friday. Thornton Heath stabbing: Man, 22, fighting for life after being knifed in broad daylight in south London

First at 1:45pm (local time – which is GMT)

A 23-year-old man staggered into train station crying for help after being shot in the leg in east London.

The victim was shot as he made his way along the street in Walthamstow on Friday afternoon.

He is expected to make a full recovery. (I know, a shooting in spite of all those lovely gun-control laws.)

Then at 3:30pm a more serious injury.

A young man is fighting for life after being stabbed in broad daylight on a quiet road in south London.

Emergency services rushed to Sandfield Road, not far from Thornton Heath station, shortly after 3.30pm on Friday.

The only current statistics that are jumping out at me right now regarding crime in the UK are from The Sun, and I hesitate to repeat them. That and the official statistics from Scotland Yard haven’t been updated since the beginning of the fiscal year. Or if they have, I can’t find them either. (I thought they did quarterly updates…) If you know of recent stats, leave a link in the comments.

But based on those numbers from 2017…

There’s a sharp rise too in cases of rape, burglary and robbery have during what police “busy and challenging time”. The Met Police official figures show:

  • Murders up 44 per cent (109 to 157)
  • Knife crime up 21 per cent (12,115 to 14,680)
  • Rape up by 18 per cent (6,510 to 7,707)
  • Burglary up by 11 per cent (69,528 to 77,626)
  • Robbery up 35 per cent (24,202 to 32,869)

The figures compare end-of-financial-year April to March 2017/18 with April to March 2016/17

The situation in London isn’t too good. What’s worse is things are moving in the wrong direction in a BIG way.

Oh, and Number of police officers per person lowest in 20 years (in London). Sadiq Khan blames the central .gov, because providing police officers for a major urban center is clearly the responsibility of people who live in rural districts. Or something. Why Mr. Khan is spending his time on NPR interviews over his disagreements with President Trump is beyond me. (I am reminded of something. Something to do with Nero, and Rome burning, and a violin. Or something to that effect.)

It’s a Good Thing Armed Self-defense Is Illegal in the UK, Someone Might Have Been Hurt

But then, someone was hurt. Widow, 88, left with life-changing injuries after ‘horrific, planned attack’ 

She was disarmed for her own safety. Of course she probably would have been horrified at the idea of defending herself – the British are just too civilized. Or something.

Blanche Rowlands suffered facial injuries when she was assaulted by Jeffrey Earp, 50, during a violent burglary at her home in Newtown, Powys in June last year.

The cops have only released pictures of her – and they are graphic. Because that would offend the tender sensibilities of the jury pool.

One of her attackers was sentenced to 14 years. Two others were sentenced to three years apiece.

The UK has some insane rule about only defending yourself with proportionate force. It basically means that if you are attacked by multiple people using only their fists, you cannot resort to the use of any weapon.

But really, how is a 88-year-old supposed to defend herself without some kind of weapon to equalize the situation? The short answer is – they aren’t. They have to just take whatever the thugs are dishing out. (In America, Octogenarians have other options.)

This was all over an engagement ring, and some other presents from her late husband. The jewelry was never recovered.

The UK Needs Common-sense Crossbow Control!

Because it is easier to focus on inanimate objects than to actually empower your citizens to defend themselves. Siege enters second day after man armed with crossbow threatened health workers in Stoke-on-Trent

A siege has entered its second day after armed police were called to a home where a man threatened health workers with a crossbow.

Now there are crossbows with more than one bow, but mostly those are props in movies or TV shows. Most have 1 bow, which means 1 shot. And while I wouldn’t want to get shot by a crossbow, I might be tempted to look for an opportunity to attack the guy – over 12 hours or more.

But a couple of generations of British have been told to just be sheep.

The British Are Shocked

Shocked to discover that they live in the Real World™, and not a fantasy land. Arrest after car shot at from motorbike in Stockton – BBC News

OK so there are shootings and stabbings and acid attacks in London, but this isn’t London. This Stockton-on-Tees, which is half-way (well…) across the country from London.

One resident said: “It’s scary because you think with everything that is happening in London, with the shootings and the acid attacks, you start thinking ‘Is it going to start happening round here?’.

Sorry to disappoint you, but you are not halfway around the world from London, you are 350 kilometers from London. Did you think you were going to be immune from the insanity that is in London? Sorry to disillusion you, but all those problems will be there eventually.