Today I shall be polite, I will even say please.
I seem to have lost track completely of the number of news items, Tweets, Facebook entries etc etc that relate to Stabbings, Shootings Murders, and Seizure of Bladed Articles that have sprung up in just the last few weeks. It is an incredible number, or so it seems.
And it isn’t just in London, just recently we have had
Boyfriend charged with murdering woman, 21, found stabbed to death near the pony sanctuary where she worked
They are just a few of the recent, lurid, headlines. Not good.
Only last night we heard of a double-shooting in Wood Green, London. One fatal, one critical.
— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) July 9, 2015
— Secret Ledger (@secret_ledger) July 10, 2015
— Lewisham MPS (@MPSLewisham) July 12, 2015
What do all of these (and all the others) have in common?
I’ll tell you Home Secretary. The Common Denominator is that all of these cases the weapons were carried, in one form or another, through the streets.
In April last year you announced a major reform of Stop and Search:-
In February this year you reiterated your views
Rein in stop and search, May tells police: Home Secretary says she will change the law if forces do not halt ‘excessive and inappropriate’ use of powers
You are entitled to your opinions Home Secretary, of course you are, but so are we.
Speaking for myself I do not know a single Police Officer (and I know many) who uses Stop and Search as a tool to wind up any sector of the community, BME or otherwise. ONE of the main issues for Stop and Search is the Protect Life i.e. stop and search for weapons etc. This is about Saving Lives. Not to mention the fact that every single Police Officer who conducts a Stop/Search for Weapons potentially puts themselves in harm’s way to do so. Do you really think that they’re doing that for a laugh? To wind up a section of the community? No, they’re doing it because it’s their job, to Protect Life, Maintain Public Tranquility.
Under existing legislation, and you should know this, EVERY single Stop/Search has to be Justified. There have to be Grounds. Afterwards, the record of that Stop/Search has to be signed off by a Supervising Officer. The person stop/searched has the right to request a copy of that written record, and must be so informed. What on earth is wrong with that? Where is that inadequate accountability?
Do you REALLY want to stop the Police from taking weapons off our streets?
I have been polite Home Secretary, maybe you could do me the honour of responding.
I thank you.
I have now been informed of a fatal stabbing in Llanridod Wells last week, even in rural Wales knives are a problem. Please Home Secretary, if you don’t like Stop n Search, tell us how we may find the weapons and take them off the streets, and so protect our Public.