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Who ‘Nicked’ From the Police, and Which Police Were ‘Nicked’?

Posted in Britain, England, Police, Theft, UK with tags , , , , , , , on 03/01/2012 by floroy1942

Confused? All will be explained because I can imagine many international readers will be scratching their heads wondering what the post is all about. Well, let me clear that up right now: In England you could ‘nick’ (i.e. steal) something, in which case you get ‘nicked’ (i.e. arrested) by the police. Got it? Good, then let us continue.

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Needless to say, this first post of the New Year has something to do with the British Police Force, those lads in blue who bravely step into the firing line whenever there is trouble, and of course dish out the odd speeding ticket or two, (or three). A news item today brought a smile to my face when I read that some daring people actually steal from the police. It seems nothing is too small or too big to be ‘nicked’ by the daring criminal.

Items that have been stolen include handcuffs (kinky sex tonight dear?), uniforms, speed guns (I guess someone got a ticket), dogs (how do you steal a trained police dog, and why!?!), riot shields, and even several patrol cars (oops!). Thieves have even helped themselves to warrant cards, bicycles (someone miss the last bus?), breathalyzers and even battering rams used to open locked doors (useful if the wife won’t let you in after a night out with the boys!).

No-one Ever 'Nicked' One Of These

It would seem from the report that theft has occurred in just about every police station in Britain at one time or another. As those in the know would expect, Manchester has the highest theft rate with not only patrol cars, but also a policeman’s private car being ‘nicked’ from the station. Referring to the Manchester thefts, a senior assistant chief officer, Lynne Potts said with a very stern face (its obvious ‘the brass’ are not happy) “it (the Force) took all such reports seriously and measures were in place to secure property, equipment and vehicles”.

Some of the more unusual items that have been ‘illegally relocated’ are a small fridge, a packet of crumpets (someone was hungry) and a fern plant in a plastic pot (brought you a present Gran!). However, the most serious, and one that caused the most anger among the constables was when someone stole the £48 tea money from Pontfract police station in Yorkshire. The officers at Pontefract have been without a cup of tea for two weeks now and are anxiously awaiting payday so they can buy more tea, sugar and milk.

Some of the more audacious thefts include six pints of semi-skimmed milk from Cambridgeshire Police HQ and a £1 cereal bowl and empty lunch box from Hucknell in Nottinghamshire.

Now - Budget Cuts!

As you can expect, many people are questioning how the police can give crime prevention advice to the public, yet have large amounts of stuff stolen from inside police stations. But who are the culprits? That is the question on everyone’s lips. Could it be the officers themselves?

Well, in some cases it could well be, for official figures have recently shown that at least 944 serving police officers across the country either had criminal records before joining, or got one after. The Metropolitan Police, a force of more than 34,000 police and community support officers said 356 officers and 41 support officers had convictions.

Among the crimes committed by policemen and women are; burglary as a teenager – stealing car number plates, putting them on another vehicle and obtaining petrol without paying – dangerous driving – forgery – perverting the course of justice, and last but no least, perhaps the most despicable and dastardly of them all – fishing without a licence!!!!

You're Nicked!

The Home Office guidelines on the recruiting of police officers states candidates should have ‘proven integrity’ due to the pressures of the job, but do not indicate that applicants with a record cannot be hired, only those who have committed ‘serious offences’.

I guess, like many other things, its a ‘sign of the times’. Life, and more so people, ‘ain’t what they used to be’ and that’s a fact. It all goes to show that police officers are just as human as the rest of us, and they make the same mistakes we do. I for one am still glad we have them, even if there is the odd one who is not ‘a credit to the force’.

Happy New Year Folks!

Roy.

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