Well, After All, It’s Only Taxpayer Money…

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh insisted it is the right thing to do.

He firmly believes it is better to take the risk of facing litigation from a gun licence holder, than to leave a gun in the possession of someone who the force doesn’t think should have one anymore.

Maybe if the cost of each failed seizure came out of his own budget, he’d be less trigger-happy?

And meanwhile, in other ‘police doing as they damn please and daring you to do anything about it’ news, a postscript to this case:

…following legal advice, Dorset Police has announced that it will delete the victim’s images from the laptop and other electronic equipment before returning the items to his jail, to be held until his release.Detective Inspector Steve Symms, of Bournemouth CID, said: “From the start we have been exploring all of the options available to us to refuse the return of the images.

“We have decided to delete the images of the victim from the laptop and other equipment before returning these items to the prison, to be held until the offender’s release.

The legislation hasn’t changed. However, following legal advice, the force is confident that taking this course of action is the right thing to do.

“We will always make victims’ needs paramount and are prepared to defend our decision if necessary, rather than further exacerbate their suffering.”

It’s an utter outrage, but they will get away with it because it’s an unsympathetic cause. If they get sued, of course, it won’t really cost them anything, will it?

And I hope all those cheering them on in the comments find themselves on the end of this disregard for the law one day.  As a wise man once said:

“…and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll whisper “no.””

11 comments for “Well, After All, It’s Only Taxpayer Money…

  1. Quiet_Man
    April 28, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I thought it was all about upholding the law without fear or favour, not making it up as you go along?

    Oh silly me, that was an England long lost and almost forgotten.

  2. john in cheshire
    April 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    JuliaM, I’m in agreement with you. This is how we become a fully fledged police state. They abuse their powers on people who are not, as you say, sympathetic cases. Once they’ve gotten away with that unchallenged, they are emboldened to spread their version of law and justice to the wider populace. The question is who’s going to stop them?

  3. April 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    “We have decided to delete the images”

    It’s entirely possible that “deleting” is ALL they’ll do (Plod isn’t generally known for being technically savvy). So the “victim” might find they are still on the hard drive(s), and easily recoverable with free software.

  4. Robert the Biker
    April 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    While I quite take the point about making it up as you go along etc., I am more in sympathy with the abused girl than the POS who abused her. Victims of crime should have rights too and one of those to my mind should be the right not to be a continuing object of titillation to their abuser.

    • April 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      I have every sympathy for the victim who should have the right to have her image removed if she requests it as it’s hers and she isn’t a public figure. The Chief Constable should have no right whatsoever to tske the law into his own hands as it sets a dreadfulprecedent.

      • April 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm

        “I have every sympathy for the victim who should have the right to have her image removed if she requests it as it’s hers…”

        In what way is it ‘hers’..? If I take few family snaps next weekend (because they were a family when he took the pics), and my brother demands that I delete them, what standing (under law) gives him the right to do so?

    • Crazed Weevil
      April 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      I agree with you but this should have been decided by the law, not the police following ‘advice’. Get a Judge or Parliament to agree with the context and reason for deleting the images and you have a nice legal precedent that can be used for similar instances so victims can be protected from their abusers and the general public is protected from the police just making shit up as they go.

      God knows why the police didn’t just ‘accidentally’ drop the damn thing down a flight of stairs say sorry and be done with it. They used to be subtle about these things…

      • Robert the Biker
        April 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

        Point taken!
        Perhaps ‘accidently’ leaving a big magnet near the hard drive and apologising by giving back a ‘fresh’ operating system would work too.

        • The Cowboy Online
          April 28, 2014 at 6:58 pm

          You’re missing the point; it isn’t who we have the greatest sympathy for, it’s about the police upholding the law of the land. Right now you’re applauding them ‘making things up as they go along’ because you have no sympathy for the victim, but what if the next time the victim is you? These developments are very disturbing and should be a concern to all of us.

          • May 1, 2014 at 7:16 am

            Spot on!

  5. Jack Savage
    April 30, 2014 at 12:13 pm


    Classic case of “Hard cases make bad law.”

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