Strange Comment…

This one:

The robbery occurred on Thursday at 6.50pm, just before the 7pm service.Detective Sergeant Paul Langley of Accrington Police said Rev Leech accepted that it was opportunistic crime and that she wasn’t ‘targeted’ because of her church connections.

Would it matter if that was the case, then? Would it make things better for her, as a victim of crime, or worse? Would it make things better for the police, or worse?

What’s the unspoken fear here, that the police are so careful to avoid?

15 comments for “Strange Comment…

  1. myqui
    June 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Is it Islam?

    • June 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      I did wonder. As Jim points out, there’s a MONA aspect to the case – she must have seen more of him than the police description infers.

  2. Jim
    June 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Man of No Appearance perhaps?

  3. PT
    June 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Wonder why comments are now closed on the article. Could Jim be right? Witholding information only invites speculation.

    • June 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm


  4. June 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Maybe there are some satanists on the loose?

    • June 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      She doesn’t mention any ominous chanting or ferocious Rottweilers.. 😀

  5. Dutch Steamboat
    June 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    >Police said Rev Leech accepted that it was opportunistic crime and that she wasn’t ‘targeted’ because of her church connections.

    So that’s okay then.

  6. Roger
    June 17, 2011 at 1:18 am

    On your own blog, you occasionally decry the standards of written English. Please, then, take the trouble to find the correct meaning of ‘infer’.

    • June 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Mea culpa… 😳

  7. Damo
    June 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    What really grates my nerves is this ‘wrong place, wrong time’.

    So is there a right place and a wrong time OR a wrong place but a right time?

    I hate it when the cops say the victim was in the wrong place at the wrong wrong time. It makes it sound as if the crime committed had some act of God to it and no one is 100% responsible for it.

    • June 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      Oh, me too! I hate it almost as much as reminders to keep your valuables hidden and not on show… 😡

  8. June 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Er … that G-d will zap them with a thunderbolt?

  9. Lord T
    June 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    If he did christians would save a fortune on insurance.

  10. June 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    The real reason why the policeman decided that it was an ‘opportunistic crime’ was the vicar’s reluctance to state that she distinctly heard the mugger humming the first ten bars of Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ before he attacked her.

    As anyone with any perception would have realised, the mugger was obviously either Satan-inspired, or else didn’t like female vicars; a lot!

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