POLICE: Don’t approach armed officers

Police on the beat
Police on the beat
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L Rowley (Linconshire Free Press, July 7) is quite welcome to disagree with my views – I just wish that he didn’t try to put words into my mouth.

Where, exactly, in my letter did I say I wasn’t happy for our police to be seen on the streets of Spalding?

Witness the blind man who was tasered to the ground because his guide cane ‘looked a bit like a samurai sword’

Bobbies on the beat are what we all want – it’s the weapons I object to.

Oh, it was only a taser, you might say. Tasers can hurt, maim and even kill people – so are weapons. A policeman with a taser is, therefore, armed.

Did I go up and speak to him? Of course I didn’t. Approaching any armed person without being invited isn’t wise.

It might be taken as provocation, and accidents can and do happen when police carry arms.

Witness the blind man who was tasered to the ground because his guide cane ‘looked a bit like a samurai sword’.

The local police have done a great job in reducing street drinking without bearing arms and I’d be very surprised if Spalding has suddenly become the violent crime capital of the Fens.

I thought I’d just mention that I grew up in that sort of place.

The Krays had their manor butting up to our local ‘baron’s’ patch.

Knives and guns were rife and the ‘razor boys’, wearing flat caps with razor blades attached to the peaks, were regulars up the high street.

The police then walked their beats armed with nothing but a truncheon and a smile – and still managed to keep law and order.