Since When Was This The Role Of The Police..?

A burglar’s £44,500 mobile phone bill was paid for by police in North Wales after he ran up the charges while on bail.

North Wales Police had given the offender a mobile phone – which was thought to be on Pay As You Go – to help integrate him into the community.


Two people were since arrested but no one was charged.

I don’t suppose either was the cop so profligate with taxpayer money?

Tracey Martin, from North Wales Police, told the BBC: “A phone allows two way communications between the offender and the support agencies to provide encouragement and to keep the individual on track for the benefit of the community as a whole.

“Unfortunately on this occasion a contract phone was mistakenly given and then misused. The situation was dealt with as soon as it came to light in 2014 and we have since improved our procedures to ensure that it can’t happen again.”

By, hopefully, no longer buying phones and lending them to criminals?

6 comments for “Since When Was This The Role Of The Police..?

  1. April 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Integrate him into the community? Our money?

    • April 23, 2017 at 7:15 am


  2. Mr Angry
    April 17, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    What was that about being short of money because of the “eeevil toreee cuts!” It seems there is a deal of scope for some more cuts, perhaps starting with the imbecile who thought this was anything even remotely like a good idea.

    • Errol
      April 17, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      On the one hand, as the ‘bleeding heart liberal’ I am, I can understand this. It allows the individual to be communicated with and to contact people with that contact controlled by the police.

      Equally though, the waste of money involved here is ludicrous. It is a tremendous lack of oversight and consideration, a process so open to abuse you wonder what’s going on. Our telephone calls with work telephones are horribly scrutinised to the point of frustration but that’s because work pays for them.

      I suppose when it’s public money, it doesn’t matter, does it? After all, you can always blae ‘the cutz’.

      • April 23, 2017 at 7:16 am

        Exactly – when the taxpayer pays, why bother? There’s always more where that came from!

  3. April 18, 2017 at 8:42 am


    Can I have some ‘inteegrayshun with the communiteeee’ money too, constable?

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