A former chief superintendent with Staffordshire Police has defended the interception of a coach in a suspected terror alert on the M6 Toll road.
Nick Howe said closing the motorway near Lichfield on Thursday, following reports of vapour escaping from a bag, had been the “right decision.”
An electronic cigarette prompted armed police to swoop on the coach and close the motorway for more than four hours.
Whereas those of us endowed with pragmatism, common sense and a respect for liberty recognise the farce for exactly what it was; a massive and hysterical overreaction to a problem that didn’t exist. I mean, if I was a terrorist, blowing up a Megabus on the M6 is exactly what I would do…
Staffordshire police said that they had received a “genuine report” of vapour escaping from a man’s bag while the coach was near the M6 Toll plaza at Weeford.
And I don’t suppose it occurred to anyone to do the sensible thing and point it out to him so that he could put it out himself. Oh, no, it has to be a terrorist attack.
What have we come to?
A police spokeswoman said, given the credibility of the information received, officers had “responded swiftly and proportionately”.
I’m glad you think so. The reality is that this was just another example of the fuckwitted, over-sensitive, trigger happy response we can expect from the police. Something that could have been resolved simply at the time was blown out of all proportion inconveniencing thousands of travellers for no good reason. So, no, you did not act proportionately.
Still, I guess it will give the anti-smoking brigade a weapon to use against e-ciggies…