I was appalled listening to the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester explaining that bail conditions were very strict and could not be altered. Why not? He seemed more concerned about protecting the idiotic system than he was about the deaths of his officers. He calls it the 'normal course of police work'. If I was in his shoes I would be hopping mad that this system almost insists that dangerous criminals are released back onto the streets even though all the evidence suggests that it is madness.
There is much hand wringing but nobody in authority seems capable of reversing the softly, softly approach that has made our society unprotected from villainy. It must change! Every time another law officer is killed the perpetrators are known to the law. Most of them had already been identified as dangerous and yet time after time they are allowed to wander amongst us unnoticed.
We must fight back! We must toughen up the system. At the moment our police on the streets are so vulnerable. They have little support from the legal system and at this very moment I would bet that Dale Cregan is sat somewhere smugly accompanied by a well briefed lawyer being treated with civil respect.
I know that the line police officers are sick of catching thieves and then seeing the courts releasing them back into the community. The people at fault are the senior officers who are quite happy to sit back quietly accepting a system which place the rank and file at risk but do not threaten their pensions.
I now hear that if they want to continue to question Dale Cregan then they must have permission from a judge to extend the time limit up to 96 hours. If they cannot nail him inside that time then he is released! Don't tell me that Cregan's lawyer does not know that!
Who on earth thought this up and why are the senior officer's not protesting? It is ludicrous!
What will it take to introduce a legal system which is fair and not one skewed towards the criminal? Why can we not find one senior police officer to want to protect those in danger? Are the politicians really happy with our officers being killed in the line of duty? What has happened to common sense?