There was a time in Britain when catching a thief was not only praised, but rewarded, not so today. In modern Britain, to catch a thief, is to end up nicked.
A boss who suspected a worker of theft decided to make an example of him – and throw political correctness out of the window at the same time.
The actions of this man may be seen as a little over the top, but if he really has caught a thief and the man isn’t innocent, where is the problem?
Named and shamed
Frankly the man should be thankful that he is walking and that the town centre didn’t still have its stocks.
Simon Cremer and three of his employees allegedly wrestled Mark Gilbert to the ground, tied his hands behind his back and bundled him into a van.
Surely this is perfectly reasonable when attempting to take a thief (who could well turn nasty at the thought of the police) to the police? Let’s be honest, had Cremer called the police, he’d still be waiting now for them to turn up. By which point Gilbert would be living in Inverness under an assumed name.
They then drove him to the town centre where he was made to wear a sign naming him as a thief. He was paraded in front of startled shoppers before being frogmarched 350 yards to the police station, where he was arrested on suspicion of theft.
Parking can be a nightmare in town centres to be fair, and escorting a bound man through the streets would surely have aroused suspicions amongst the locals had Mr Cremer not visually explained the situation.
Had he not, some unsuspecting member of the public may have attempted to free Gilbert, believing him to be the victim. Despite this the idiot police arrest him and waste thousands of taxpayers pounds on a case that is never going to reach court.
If they don’t do their job…
If the police were actually reliable, then members of the public wouldn’t need to take the law into their own hands, or even drive criminals to the police station. Public confidence in the police and the criminal justice system is at an all time low and the police overreaction to this is only going to dent the public’s confidence all the more. Meaning that incidents like this, and the other one mentioned on the article, are going to become more and more common.
Another case of public humiliation happened in August last year when a man was tarred and feathered and made to wear a sign saying ‘I’m a drug dealing scumbag’ on an estate in south Belfast.
Locals took the law into their own hands when police failed to act on allegations that the man, who was in his thirties, was selling illegal substances.
Quite right. Personally I’m all for bringing back birching, stocks and other worthwhile punishments for scum. I’m sure that something like birching will resolve the knife and gang problem almost immediately.