…so let’s ignore any demands they make for more, or any complaints about ‘Tory cuts’, shall we?
The petition, set up yesterday by local Ceri Ransome, reads: “We the undersigned request that West Mercia Police take immediate action to find, arrest and charge the people who encouraged a man to jump to his death from a multi storey building in Telford on Saturday 14th March 2015.
“The family deserve this justice and the people of Telford want these people to be held accountable for their vile behaviour and complete lack of compassion.
“This petition also appeals to the Shropshire Star to name and shame these people.
Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the man concerned at this sad time.”
Silly girl! Police have far too much to do and so few resources to do it with that they can’t just act on…
Mark O’Connor, a detective sergeant for West Mercia police, said: “We do not condone such behaviour, and would hope that the local community would work with our officers to provide information regarding those who committed the cruel taunts.
“This was clearly someone who was in need of support.
“In response to the activity on social media, the origin of any comments or material that is deemed to be unlawful will be investigated and appropriate police action will be taken against any identified individual.”
It was left to someone a little higher up the food chain to lay out some excuses for the ravening mob in the event the CPS says ‘Take a hike, offendotrons!’:
Inspector William Scott from West Mercia Police said:
“We are currently investigating this to establish if a criminal offence has taken place and if so we will take appropriate action. ”
“We have also been made aware of distasteful social media activity following the incident. We will also analyse this to establish whether an offence has taken place and if so we will take appropriate action.”
Translation: *shrugs* “CPS, innit? Nuffink to do wiv us…”
But this is just another indication of the debasement of our culture, and the increased appetite of the police to go for easy offences, led by the howling mob, to placate a ‘public opinion’ that is as fickle as the British weather.
Coupled with a desire by the authorities to police every expression and utterance, we are heading further out into dangerous waters every day.