"Don't worry love, have a glass of whisky"
It's not that they kicked down the door. It's not that they ordered the women out whilst her 6 year old remained in the bath (odd she would be done for neglect for that if not acting under police orders. Should the headline really read. "Armed police order woman to neglect 6 year old"?)
It's the final comment from the plod that worries me,
"Inspector Andy Allkins, of Dorset Police tactical firearms unit, said: “Although routinely armed officers carried out the enquiry, the man sought is not assessed as a danger to the public. Routinely, armed officers in Dorset carry out all those duties performed by their unarmed colleagues.”
From what I recall routine was that firearms officers were few and far between and fire arms only came out at specific times and with specific requests. Not searching for somebody who isn't even regarded as a danger to the public.
What the hell were they doing in Parkstone tooled up? Where is the police justification for this?
And this comment on the Echo piece gives me the right heeby geebies,
keh2000, Poole says... 8:39am Fri 24 Jul 09
The fact is that armed units are pretty much the only ones free, and with the kit available, to force entry, which is why they were probably used. I've used them to gain access for welfare issues as they were the only officers available at the time, and the fact that they were armed didn't come into it.
For Welfare cases!!!!!!