There’s been much in the Courier about police cuts and how it will affect front line policing. One wonders whether this is the case if they can find 48 staff to carry out roadside checks looking for vehicles using red diesel, known burglars who haven’t actually done anything and illegal vehicles.
This smacks of officers with nothing better to do. Try getting them out to cases of vandalism and anti-social behaviour and you have to wait for days for a response.
There’s no money to man the police station at Sowerby Bridge but plenty of money to pay for a man to sit in a van with a speed camera catching motorists who are driving a few miles over the speed limit, but they never seem to apprehend the idiots on the road or the ones using a mobile phone.
I have read your article about 48 police officers setting up a roadblock at Salterhebble. Is this the best I get for my hard earned taxes, thousands of pounds spent on police checking motor cars for red diesel usage, tax disc evasion and giving advice on “how to look after their cars”?
Surely it would be wise to spend our taxes on doing some ‘proper police work’ and actually apprehend some criminals instead of causing traffic chaos and trying to persecute law abiding drivers as usual?
If I was cynical I would believe that this was once again the ‘establishment’ trying to collect in as many taxes as possible and using the police to do their dirty work!.
Who on earth in their right mind would sanction this sort of waste of public money, especially when we are hearing about the cuts in public spending. Once again I’m thinking that they must see a much bigger financial reward!