‘I’m not going to stand here and b***h about the police – but I will b***h about the government and the cuts,’ Mr Phillips said.
Really? Then congratulations, Mr Phillips, you’ve been played. Cuts have nothing to do with this, at all. They can supply officers for all sorts of stuff when they want to….
‘As time goes on I can see there being a civil war in this country. As for Theresa May and the way she’s cut police numbers, I have no confidence in her. Nothing will change.
‘The cuts are across the board and affecting everywhere. Rural places like the New Forest will just get worse and they won’t do anything.’
They already don’t do anything when it suits them, though. And that was long before the ‘cuts’.
As was this, when really, there was no danger the fence was going to get away.
Ms Hodgkins, who has run the pub for 20 years, added: ‘They said they were too busy to come and arrest the guy.
‘We have got bobbies who walk around here sometimes, the community officers, but the area they cover is massive – it goes from Brockenhurst to Fordingbridge and everywhere.’
There’s this thing called ‘a police car’. I’m sure you’ve heard of it?
The force said the force ‘worked closely’ with firms in business crime reduction partnerships, shares intelligence and gives crime prevention advice under the Shopwatch scheme.
‘We encourage any business owners who have been a victim of crime always to report it to us, as anything that helps identify criminals, particularly travelling or professional shoplifters, is invaluable and enables us to focus our resources where they can achieve the most benefit,’ it said.
I’d have thought ‘the most benefit’ would have come from nicking them. I guess I’m not cut out for a modern policing role.