Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Inquest slams Leicestershire police

The Coroner at the inquest into the deaths of tragic mum, Fiona Pilkington, and her disabled daughter, Frankie, has roundly criticised local police for their negligence and mis-handling of incidents of bullying and anti-social behaviour by feral yobs over 7 years. They had endured escalating violence and intimidation, their tormentors being young children. In 2007 alone, 13 incidents were logged by police, but closed.

The family were driven to despair and finally, after no help was forthcoming, Ms. Pilkington, of Barwell, drove her car to a lay-by and with her daughter beside her set it alight.

The reported incidents that led to this tragedy began with youths hanging about outside the Pilkington's home, bottles being smashed, snowballs thrown at the windows, screaming youths, carting and a sign removed. It's the kind of stupid behaviour that many people will recognise. But after son Anthony had stones thrown at his head, the police informed the Council and anti-social warnings were sent to the parents. The intimidation built up from then on but, although the police obviously knew the culprits, they took it no further.

Why was nothing more done to protect this vulnerable family? Why were the incidents not considered as crimes, with the guilty youths charged and punished accordingly?
The clue is in the response that the former Assistant Chief Constable gave to the Coroner; following this tragedy, a report was presented to a review panel and after that police chiefs decided that it would become policy to categorise repeated offences against disabled people as 'hate crimes', meaning that they would be taken more seriously.
Mr. Tew said: "now, once the crime is identified as a hate crime, it is pulled out of the system of the general melee of anti-social behaviour."

So there you have it; abuse and anti-social behaviour has to have an emotion attached to it before the police will bother to investigate it as a crime, and then only if you come from a vulnerable group. Though, isn't any citizen inevitably rendered vulnerable by acts of barbarity, whatever the motive?
If only poor Fiona Pilkington had known to tell the police that these mindless degenerates 'hated' her family, how different the outcome would have been.


Anonymous said...

The police have a difficult enough job without people like you slagging them off.

Keats said...


"The Coroner at the inquest into the deaths of tragic mum, Fiona Pilkington, and her disabled daughter, Frankie, has roundly criticised local police for their negligence"

Why not read the article first, you'll find that "people like us" are not the only ones commenting on their behaviour.

PATRIOT said...

It's a good bet anonymous person defending the police in this issue either works in the public sector or lives off the Tax-payer, ie benefits.
Since when has intelligent criticism of dereliction of duty while in public office been
"slagging off"?
I admit to being a bit old fashioned and not to subscribe to political correctness but I know for certain that in this case a damned good hiding would have saved two lives.
The police should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. They can enjoy their fish and chips at night now without being plagued by phone calls from nuisances!!


Leicester Boy said...

Their job is made difficult by the politically appointed incompetents at the head of the police force.

A friend of mine heard someone breaking into his house and phoned the police. They turned up a day later.

If he was black and had phoned to say someone had called him a offensive name they'd have been there in 5 minutes because that is a 'hate crime'.

The ordinary copper on the beat does a very good job in extremely difficult circumstances.

The people at the top make the decisions on which crimes to prioritise. A white woman suffering abuse is low priority to them.

This article is aimed at the people in charge of the police and 'slagging them off' and rightly so.