Paris Brown: Kent police make an example of their youth heroine
PARIS Brown has been helping the police with their enquiries. Is Kent’s first and to date only teenage crime tsar (Youth Police and Crime Commissioner) back on the job?
The BBC implies as much with its headline, one suggestive as it is that Brown has been headhunted by the Force:
Paris Brown: Kent Tweet row girl interviewed by police
But police were not impressed by her illiberal tweets about “Pikeys”, “illegals” and “fags” and thought her a suitable candidate for cadetship. Her messages actually cost her that £15,000 a year job helping police and youth come together. You see, Kent police’s Special Branch have seized Brown’s mobile phone and questioned her about her tweets. A police spokesperson says:
“Officers must first determine the extent of the misuse of social media so that the Crown Prosecution Service can then, taking into account the DPP’s [director of public prosecutions] interim guidance, determine whether or not any potential evidence meets the set criteria for a prosecution.”
The Times calls her the “disgraced teenager”. The Mail calls her the “offensive… foul-mouthed youth crime commissioner”. The sane might just call her a teenager and wonder what the stiffs expected an adolescent to tweet about when she was 14 or 15? Was it all to be about tax discs and points of law? Would Paris Brown tweet about the antics of her private police patrols, who, dressed in smart Navy Blue stab vests (cereal boxes stuffed down actual vests), woggles and brown sandals, restored faith in Britain’s youth?
Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz, seems to think so, telling one and all of his “deep shock”:
“Public money should never be given to anyone who refers to violence, sex, drunkenness and other antisocial behaviour in this offensive manner.”
Whither the adult who when a sniggering teenager told opposing sets of football fans they were “going home in St John’s ambulance” (blushes), fretted about sex and vomited up a bottle of Soave. Or as Kent’s crime commissioner, Ann Barnes, Paris’s now former boss, said of the teenager:
“Paris is going to be the young face of policing in the county and I’m quite sure she is going to do a brilliant job at helping the police to connect with young people.”
Paris would make the police understand youth. The police would then read their tweets and nick them for saying things adults know to be stupid.