…they still fail at the basics of the job:
Relatives of Rita Taylor, 80 – who died a few weeks after the burglary – kept tabs on the man’s movements after he stole her handbag containing a dementia tracking device.
They watched as the monitor moved away from her home into a neighbouring county to an address overnight.
Bang to rights! Get yer trousers on, son, yer ni…
The great-grandmother’s daughter Lorayne Ahmet, 56, said she believed the trauma of the break-in killed her mother, and the police had effectively allowed a killer to escape.
She added: ‘The burglary brought on her death. She was not the same afterwards. As a family we did everything we could to keep her safe and we feel let down.
‘We handed them everything they needed to catch this man, and they did nothing.’
If there’s a sentence that better sums up the woeful state of British policing in 2019, I really don’t know what it is…
After the carer raised the alarm the family told the police about her tracker device. Relatives watched it as it moved north across London into Essex, at one point stopping at an Indian takeaway.
It halted overnight outside an address in Dagenham before it stopped working. Mrs Taylor’s son-in-law Greg Diamond called 999, in the hope police would swoop on the house.
But they heard nothing further…
On social media, the police profess to loathe the press, particularly the ‘Mail’. They claim it’s ‘anti-police’. And maybe it is. Who, on reading this, could fail to be?
But the press does get results:
A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed they were aware of the tracking device but had not gone to the Dagenham address.
This week, after the Daily Mail contacted police on the family’s behalf, officers were sent to meet with them and update them on the case. Mrs Ahmet said they were ‘very apologetic’ and admitted mistakes had been made and information not passed on correctly.
A man has since been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and released on bail pending further investigation.
Note that no one has been arrested for receipt of public money under false pretences…