The police come in for a lot of criticism these days and sometimes it may be justified.
But little gestures like the officers who came to the aid of the stranded newlyweds in Burnley helps restore faith in our police force.
For those who missed the story, the bridal car taking Emma and Georgia Garnett to their wedding reception was involved in a crash, and the police called to the scene volunteered to take them.
All our emergency services personnel are over-stretched and under-funded and it is increasingly difficult for them to meet the demands made of them. But thoughtful and kind gestures remind us that they are all human and doing their best and we should not forget that.
As your local MEP, I would like to congratulate Cheshire Police in their successful raids across the county in an effort to stamp out modern day slavery and exploitation of foreign workers.
The recent case of Romanian workers at the Waves Car Wash at Congleton Tesco where employees were paid just £3.63, half the minimum wage, is sadly just the tip of the iceberg.
Foreign workers often have their passports taken away from them whilst being forced to hand over their wages to brutal gang masters and exploiters. This is happening not only at car washes but on construction sites, warehouses and farms up and down the country.
POLICE NEED MORE RESOURCES TO TACKLE DOMESTIC ABUSE, SAYS LOUISE BOURS MEP
Police forces across England and Wales need more resources to tackle the dramatic rise in domestic abuse cases, says Ukip MEP Louise Bours.
The BBC reports today (see link below) that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has recorded an increase of 31% in domestic abuse cases between 2013 and 2015.
A separate report also by HMIC says that the majority of police forces need to do more to improve the protection of vulnerable individuals.
Ms Bours, MEP for the North West, said: “These reports show quite clearly that while more people are reporting domestic abuse, which is obviously a good thing, police forces are becoming overwhelmed through a lack of resources.
“There are also quite considerable inconsistencies in the way in which forces deal with these cases and that in itself is surely a matter of concern.
“The police by and large do an excellent job but they are under constant pressure on all fronts to deliver, and it would seem that something has had to give.
“If it’s the case that officers need more training, or more specialist officers, or both, then the Government surely has to step in to give more provision.
“It’s encouraging that more people feel able to report domestic abuse but if these cases aren’t dealt with properly then there’s a real risk of abuse returning to being an unreported crime, as victims may feel that the help they need isn’t good enough.”
NOTE TO EDITORS
Domestic abuse: Police ‘nearly overwhelmed’ by increase
PC stands for Police Constable, not Politically Correct
News that some police forces in the UK feel hamstrung by political correctness when dealing with so-called honour crimes is “deeply disturbing”, says Louise Bours MEP.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has reported that three out of 43 forces are “completely unprepared” to deal with such crimes – and that only three across the country were prepared.
The BBC reports today that honour crime “is the name given to offences carried out by people claiming they are protecting their cultural and religious beliefs”.
Ms Bours, Ukip MEP for the North West, said: “I find it deeply disturbing that many of our police forces feel hindered by political correctness gone mad.
“I’m sure that for most people, if it was their daughter being mutilated, abused or sold off to the highest bidder, they would protect her by any means possible and to hell with what names people called them for doing so.
“The police exist to protect people’s safety and welfare, not a misguided cultural ideology. They must start doing their job properly when it comes to abuse and violence of this kind.
“It is not good enough to say the police have been scared about being seen to be racist. PC is supposed to stand for Police Constable, not Politically Correct.
“Clearly the only people that would try to say it is racist to punish Muslims that rape, abuse and mutilate young girls will be those that are committing the crimes and trying to find a way of justifying their despicable and primitive behaviour.
“Turning a blind eye also says to society that it is okay to act in such a way if you believe it is part of your culture and heritage; and yet we are surprised that Islamic terrorism is a growing threat.
“With over 11,000 ‘honour’ offences taking place in less than a year the police and authorities need to wake up, protect our people and even if they risk being called racist, they need to do the right thing.”
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Police ‘not properly prepared’ to tackle honour-based crime