Monday 5 January 2009 10.01pm
I don't think you were trolling, Coffee. I also agree with you that police officers can make mistakes like anyone else - even apparently really dumb ones like this. I'm also wary about reaching conclusions about an incident without knowing how it looked to the police on the ground: often a reported story looks very different from different angles.
What bothers me, assuming the story is reported accurately, is that the police took so long to recognise the mistake, put it right and apologise. 5 hours in police detention - Lord knows how long it would have been if Simon Hughes
had not intervened. Often, if the police feel challenged, they close ranks, refer the matter up the line to give themselves cover, do anything but concede that they messed up. When someone's liberty and the reputation of the local force are at stake, it would be nice to see the police being a bit more responsive.
And why on earth did they destroy the Stanley knife??