…terribly sorry if that inconveniences you in your day-to-day work, but hey, that’s just too bad:
Frustrated police officers are being forced to give stolen goods back to suspected thieves because they can’t prove they have been taken.
That should be ‘suspected stolen goods’, then? And, yes, if you can’t prove it, they aren’t stolen. No matter how many suspicions you might have, or how much of a bad ‘un the chap in possession of them might be….
It happens because the law bans police from keeping it without clear proof that a theft has taken place.
Officers say the situation is not new, but that most people will not be aware it happens.
Really? I’d have thought most people were only too well aware (and also in agreement with the concept) that if the police can’t prove something’s stolen they don’t get to keep it!
Ann Walton, 68, of St Botolph’s Crescent, off High Street, Lincoln, said: “Everything seems to be on the criminal’s side.
“There seems to be an attitude that ‘I won’t be burgled’ but why should we let the criminals win?
“It’s quite simple to get your bike, gardening tools or even your telly postcode stamped.”
Excellent idea! And the best way forward.
Sophie Barker, 38, of Boultham Park Road, Lincoln, said: “I can understand where the police are coming from but in this country you’re innocent before being proved guilty.
“It’s a difficult one. It seems unfair that suspected criminals appear to benefit but I think the police have their hands tied on this one.”
For good reason. Let’s not see a law change to untie them, eh?