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CPS decision on pursuit PC

May 12, 2006
BBC NEWS England Southern Counties No charges for death crash police

Police officers, in the execution of their duty, follow a stolen car.

Stolen car crashes, killing all the occupants.

Why, oh why, oh WHY does the driver of the police car have to be held responsible? These kids made the choice, stole the car and drove it. Who’s to say they wouldn’t have crashed anyway, killing themselves and perhaps other innocent motorists?

The CPS have (for once) made the right decision. The coroner should now record a verdict of unlawful killing against the four passengers and death by misadventure on the driver, who is ultimately responsible for this tragic outcome.

Whether the families of the dead teenagers will ever accept that their fate was their own doing is another issue.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    May 12, 2006 21:54

    What? You suggesting that the citizen should be responsible for the consequences of his own actions? Ain’t you lived in this socialist paradise for long enuff to learn that its all the fault of the bosses?

  2. Stan Still permalink
    May 12, 2006 21:58

    Anon – you sound cynical enough to be in the job. Don’t be shy!

  3. ExtraSpecialCopper permalink
    May 13, 2006 07:55

    what a joke, its clearly the police’s fault that these scroates did this! If its not the polices then its the schools, doctors, hospitals, social services, friends but never ever the parents for bringing them up to be the little shits!

    What would the papers say had the police let them piss off and not chased them? The police would be slated for letting the little scumbags nick cars and get away!

    Damned if we do damned if we dont

  4. IT Monkey permalink
    May 14, 2006 01:10

    What worries me is the CPS’s verdict of ‘insufficient evidence’. Doesn’t that indicate ‘we know there was a crime, but we can’t prove it?’ Shouldn’t someone be saying something more like ‘insufficient common sense’.

    It’s tragic that these young people were killed, what’s more tragic is that their lives were missing guidance, positive influences, goals and achievement.

    Would this then not lay the blame squarly on their upbringing ie. the families themselves?

  5. Anonymous permalink
    May 14, 2006 20:41

    Stan, Ta for compliment, but honest guv I ain’t a copper, and I’m too old to join. I’m just so pissed off with the way this country has gone that I’m actively working on escaping to somewhere more civilised. Ok there aren’t a lot of them left, I know.

  6. intellectual idiot permalink
    May 18, 2006 15:50

    I can’t agree more.

  7. Anonymous permalink
    May 19, 2006 10:06

    As Terry Pratchett puts it “there are many ways to commit suicide in Ankh Morepork”. London, whatever. I think the only times I’ve been in cars with drugged drivers were short spells when hitch hiking, in the gap between “thanks” and “get me out of here”. I’ve once been able to flag down a Police car and describe the vehicle… “go that way officer, and quickly”.

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