What do you think of a fine or even two years in jail for not having a bicycle bell?
Another soft target for law-enforcement perhaps?
Meanwhile, The Observer reports that the number of life-sentence prisoners being released from jail has almost trebled in only five years, a rise from 125 in 2000 to a record 351 last year.
Twenty-six of the 1,500 freed since 2000 have subsequently been convicted of further serious sexual or violent crimes and 28 per cent of the 330 life sentence prisoners released in 2003-04 were returned to jail.
To the man in the street this might suggest that releasing 'lifers' early in their sentence wasn't a safe bet in terms of community safety but the parole board knows better.