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Pounding The Beat

by | 9th, February 2006

‘“LICENCE to shoplift,” screams the Mail. Has red-tape Britain become so officious that even our villains are expected to obtain written permission from the local authority in order to carry out their chosen profession?

Boscombe the Hollywood of Dorset

Reading on, we learn that this headline is rooted in a letter sent by PC Gordon Wallis, 49, of Dorset Police to shopkeepers in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth.

As the Mirror reports, PC Wallis’s missive reads: “Shoplifting cases can use two or three officers for up to two or three hours. I would like to recommend that police are not called in the case of goods below a value of £75.”

Better, perhaps, if shoplifting is decriminalised. (Property is theft and all that.) That should free the police up to chase those nefarious villains who park on yellow lines and drive quickly through puddles.

But not wishing to give PC Wallis any more bright ideas, we return to the Mail and hear from one local trader, Steve Kent, who runs the Dazzle clothes store. “They are giving shoplifters a green light,” says he. He goes on: “Under the law, theft is theft, it doesn’t matter if it’s £1 or £75.”

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