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This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Friday, August 06, 2010

News Agenda

This report doesn't seem to reflect credit on some police officers, but a careful reading seems to suggest that:
i) Yes, the driver was unbelted, therefore liable to be stopped.
ii) It took an eight-mile 17 minute chase and the deployment of a Stinger to bring him to a halt.
iii) He pleaded guilty to a number of traffic offences.

Purely on this report, and being otherwise unaware of the facts, I think these PCs ought to be cut a bit of slack. They had no idea what to expect from the driver, who could have avoided the whole business by stopping and speaking to the officers.