British residents told to release detained burglars as not enough police, by Jeanette Oldham.
Cuts-ravaged West Midlands Police is now failing to attend HALF of the most serious 999 calls within the required 15-minute deadline.
Startling new statistics show that response times to the highest priority emergencies have plunged dramatically over the last two years, while demand from the public has rocketed.
Sources claim the lack of officers has led to several Birmingham householders who have caught burglars themselves eventually being told to let them go after calling the police — because there were no available officers to attend.
Too busy policing the Internet perhaps? Ever fewer police on the beat but ever more bureaucrats? The UK’s political class is failing at the basics.
hat-tip Stephen Neil