I listened to Tory MP Margot James on the Andrew Marr show this morning calling for police to be taught common sence.
I'm not sure this is something that can be taught, people have it or dont. Not many MPs seem to have it judging by their expenses or silly statements.
Surely police should be trained in what is the law, not on what Tory MPs think is reasonable. Or the police will soon be taking long summer holidays and charging everything on expenses.
The case in question involved shooting burglars with a legal shotgun; which is rare and worrying. Surprising homeowners in their bedrooms while wearing masks is not reasonable behavior, but shooting at intruders should be at least discouraged or people will start dying. As they do in the states in great numbers
In this case the couple were held in custody for three days, which I think should be up to the legal authorities not just the police. Courts should judge anyone being held longer than a day. But Tories dont seem worried about suspects being held for weeks as long as they dont own a house.
Home Office statistics showed that 36 individuals had been detained under immigration powers for two years or longer!
"Margot James (Stourbridge) (Con): May we have a statement from the Home Secretary on the urgent need to include common sense in the training of police officers...?"
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