You have to worry over the sorry state of local policing when you read this story from the Kentish Gazette. The fact that children may have been at risk and yet the police failed to respond in an efficient and adequate manner raises a number of very serious questions that should be of concern to the community in North Kent.
"A Head Teacher has slammed police for failing to respond when an aggressive man armed with a piece of wood got into his school and threatened to kill staff.
Stuart Pywell, who runs St Stephen’s Juniors in Canterbury, says he is appalled and angry that repeated emergency calls for help were ignored.
He said: "There were at least a dozen children and staff directly at risk yet no officer attended."
Mr Pywell has written to the Chief Constable Mike Fuller demanding an explanation and apology.
Mr Pywell says the drama happened last Wednesday afternoon when five young men were seen fighting with sticks and lumps of wood in the school grounds.
Staff dialled 999 and were assured a patrol was on its way.
But the situation worsened when one of the men, who they thought was fleeing the gang, managed to get into the school when a back door was opened."