Re the attempted murder of a police officer in Leeds earlier today;
A West Yorkshire police Chief officer is quoted as saying words to the
effect that, `thankfully, this sort of crime is rare in Leeds`. I
suppose the murder of British police officers in West Yorkshire (which
includes the city of Leeds) IS `rare` compared to some countries, so
rare in fact that I can remember them:
Inspector Barry John Taylor,Died 1970, aged 30. Shot dead when he confronted a suspect armed with a shotgun.
Sgt Michael Hawcroft,1981,stabbed to death by a suspect he chased and was trying to arrest.
Sergeant John Speed, 1984, shot dead as he confronted a man who had just shot a colleague.
Police Constable Ian Broadhurst Xmas 2003, shot dead in Leeds trying to arrest a suspect who suddenly produced a gun.
Police Constable Sharon Beshenivsky, died 18 November 2005, aged 38,
shot dead when confronted by three men on arrival at the scene of a
So I suppose that chief officer could argue that he
was statistically correct in his statement. Now call me a dinosaur but
statistics, doubtless spouted as a sad sweetner to reassure the public,
would never have left my lips if I was talking about the recent
attempted murder of one of MY officers. I read his words and it made
most of my bodily fluids boil - and I've been out of the job for 12
years. Judas H Priest, this in the same sentence where he was talking about
the attempted murder of one of his officers! Save the bloody stats crap
for another time, because this was not the time, not for her family, not for
her friends, not for her colleagues and not for the rest of us who will be
associated with the police until we cross the clearing into Fiddlers
I found this letter on line, within 2 minutes of typing this rant. It explains everything.