In the early 1970s the rot which was to destroy the police force, began to show signs of doing just that. The cautioning of young person’s for criminal acts, instead of their prosecution, had left them free to cause havoc. There was also the same facility of cautioning for the elderly, which seemed to make more sense. One of the detective constables, working from the same station as myself happened to be in the vicinity of a popular shopping centre when he was approached by the proprietor of a mini market.
He had at his side an old lady, whom he said he had seen take a loaf of bread from his shop, and walk out without paying. The D.C. recovered the loaf from the old girl's bag and handed it to the shopkeeper'. If you agree' he said, she can be cautioned at the station instead of having to attend court.' The shopkeeper agreed to that as he didn't fancy spending a day hanging about at court, and signed the officer' notebook to that effect. The D.C. walked to the end of the street with the offender, and then told her to go home and to forget the whole incident, but never to return to that shop.
Two weeks later, the detective superintendent sent for him. ‘A Mr.Rasheem has been on the telephone to me, saying that you arrested an old woman for stealing from him. He said you told him you were having her cautioned by me, and I have not seen anything of your report' he said. The D.C. mumbled that it was all in hand, but the woman had been ill. 'Well get her in here by Friday,' shouted the superintendent'.
The officer had to think fast, he had no idea who the old girl was, or where she lived. Two or three pints of bitter bred a desperate plan of action took shape. That evening he travelled the thirty miles to the home of his mother, where having explained his plight, he asked her to take the place of the thief and attend for the caution on Friday. His mother's reaction was one of outrage, not so much at being asked by her own son to be deceitful, but the suggestion that she at only sixty three could pass for an old woman.
Further pleading, and the fact that for some years she had been involved in amateur dramatics at the church, changed her mind. I could wear that suit I got for your wedding, and a new pair of shoes I saw in------' Whoa mum, the woman is in poor circumstances, she won't have had new shoes for years,' said her son.
On the ensuing Friday she was marched in to the superintendent, who told her she was not to go to court, and that he was warning her not to take things in future without paying for them. He looked with pity at the sorry sight before him, who had gone somewhat over the top with her choice of wardrobe.
She looked somehow familiar to him, but was unable to recall where he had seen her before. 'Were you ever one of Glasgow Mary's girls?' he asked, only to receive a savage glare. He called for the clerk to take the old woman down to the canteen and give her a cup of tea, and that was that. Her son met her outside and drove her home. 'I can't wait to tell the Mothers Union about it all', she said. The remainder of the journey was spent pleading with her to do no such thing.
Keep taking the tablets.
Tales of a Manchester Police Officer - Insulting Gestures - 15 February 2013
Tales of a Manchester Police Officer - Auld Lang Syne - 14 February 2013
Tales of a Manchester Police Officer - Nicknames - 12 February 2013
Tales of a Manchester Police Officer - Still with the peelers - 11 February 2013
Tales of a Manchester Police Officer - Some you lose - 11 February 2013
Campaigns & Issues
Woodland Court staff face secure future thanks to Brunelcare
Residents and staff at a retirement village in Downend have finally reached the end of two years of uncertainty, following the acquisition of Woodland Court by Brunelcare.
Previous owners of the 57 apartment village, Care Village Group, went into administration in June 2011, leaving the residents and staff with an uncertain future.
The top priority for the Bristol based charity has been to retain all 27 members of staff to ensure that the support services are maintained, whilst minimising any disruption to the residents.
Stamping their feet
THOUSANDS OF Post Office staff have taken part in strikes across the country following a dispute about closures, jobs and pay.
A staggering 88 per cent of Communication Workers Union members voted in favour of strike action, following a refusal from the Post Office to negotiate terms.
The 4,000 workers, from 373 offices, took part in the strikes in opposition to plans to close 76 offices.
They hope to protect jobs and services and secure a fair pay rise for Post Office staff - who have not had a wage increase since April 2011.
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Health & Wellbeing
Loneliness is a ‘ticking time bomb’
One in three people over the age of 50 struggles with loneliness – fuelled partly by a rise in later life divorces, according to an official study. Figures show almost seven million members of the baby-boomer generation and above admit to feeling lonely.
Research published as part of David Cameron’s plan to measure the nation’s ‘happiness’ said almost half of people over 80 feel lonely - many “much of the time”.
Campaigns groups say the study, by the Office for National Statistics, suggests the generation approaching retirement will be a “loneliness time bomb”.
Property & Finance
15 per cent of population claim financial worries are affecting their health
aspect of their lives
Leisure and Lifestyle
Singing you heart out
Music sensation Billy Ocean takes time out talk to Laura Heads about the release of his latest album and how making music has changed dramatically during his 40 year career.
The star has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime and has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum awards across the world. Billy’s unique reggae infused voice and musical style, representing his Trinidadian roots, are recognisable anywhere and it is that which has earned him his well-deserved number ones.
And the well-loved singer-song writer said that the way music is made has changed a lot since he first began in the 1970s. He said: “Music is now controlled by technology. New artists allow technology to control what they are doing.
New guide to travel insurance launched
THIS IS A handy to use and easy to read guide packed with tips aimed at helping older travellers when considering the purchase of travel insurance.
The guide came about as a result of the numerous enquiries we received here at the Mature Times’ offices regarding travel insurance for older people. MT Editor Andrew Young says ‘We receive many, many e-mails, letters and telephone calls from our readers regarding this subject. We know that as you get older travel insurance becomes more expensive, but there are ways that you can try to help offset some of these increases – and this guide can help you do that.’
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