Friday, August 25, 2006

A Quiet Cliftonville Retirement

Two teenagers have been arrested following an incident in which an 82-year-old man was threatened with a knife outside a nursing home in Cliftonville on Wednesday evening.

They held a knife to his face after their first demand for cash was refused. The pair were chased by staff and arrested an hour later.

A boy and a girl, both aged 17, are being questioned by police in Margate

Ed: What are the odds that the two are already in care or have issues and will face little or no sanction for the offense? It seems ludicrous to me that we are pitching Cliftonville as a booming retirement spot while we have so many reported problems with both local youth and a transient population on benefits.


Anonymous said...

I'm sure the 82 year old guy has dealt with a lot worse in his life than 2 scumbags holding a knife to him (Hitler for one)....not pleasant mind. Good luck to the ol' boy and I hope he is okay.

Anonymous said...

Firstly, we don't know who they are; their age means they cannot be named and hence no shaming. And sadly,by the time this matter were to reach the courts, the chances are the victim is likely to have expired from natural causes and not be in a position to give evidence.
We need the will to return to a policy of summary justice in our Magistrates' Courts.
Arrested Wednesday, appear Thursday, cell for 6 months starting Thursday night. Scroats will then be off the streets and potential armed footpads might think twice.

Anonymous said...

So what is your answer to the problem of crime, Dr Moores, and what is your stance on the (usually on this site) linked issue of immigration? You draw attention to these issues most days, understandably, but what policies would you propose?

DrMoores said...

To be honest I don't have the time to offer answers to so many important questions of public concern and interest..not now at least. Which is why I offer them out to our readers who have a valuable contribution of their own to make. I'm rarely on the ground long enough at the moment to post stories, let alone offer profound answers.

Anonymous said...

In most of the items you post, not only are the reported facts set out, but you often add a comment of your own, as you have in this case. That comment is often a criticism of policy or policy implementation. Given the number of such criticisms, and the strong language you often employ in support of them, I think it is reasonable to ask you to set out what you would do, or what you think the policies should be. With the luxury of criticism goes a duty to set out an alternative, I think.

And I wasn't, of couurse, sugesting you could or should provide "answers". You can only offer opinion, I realise that.