Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh insisted it is the right thing to do.
He firmly believes it is better to take the risk of facing litigation from a gun licence holder, than to leave a gun in the possession of someone who the force doesn’t think should have one anymore.
Maybe if the cost of each failed seizure came out of his own budget, he’d be less trigger-happy?
And meanwhile, in other ‘police doing as they damn please and daring you to do anything about it’ news, a postscript to this case:
…following legal advice, Dorset Police has announced that it will delete the victim’s images from the laptop and other electronic equipment before returning the items to his jail, to be held until his release.Detective Inspector Steve Symms, of Bournemouth CID, said: “From the start we have been exploring all of the options available to us to refuse the return of the images.
“We have decided to delete the images of the victim from the laptop and other equipment before returning these items to the prison, to be held until the offender’s release.
“The legislation hasn’t changed. However, following legal advice, the force is confident that taking this course of action is the right thing to do.
“We will always make victims’ needs paramount and are prepared to defend our decision if necessary, rather than further exacerbate their suffering.”
It’s an utter outrage, but they will get away with it because it’s an unsympathetic cause. If they get sued, of course, it won’t really cost them anything, will it?
And I hope all those cheering them on in the comments find themselves on the end of this disregard for the law one day. As a wise man once said:
“…and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll whisper “no.””