Originally Posted by GIMH
Caught a glimpse on the news last night and there were parents saying they wouldn't let their kids play out if he was around, so yeah, wtf was going on and why wasn't something done more quickly? Bizarre, just can't fathom stuff like this.
Am wondering whether the coppers were aware. Might have been one of those cases where everyone tells everyone there's a bad dude in the neighbourhood except the cops. Because you'd imagine if they had the slightest inkling a bailee with a firearms history was anywhere in the area, would surely qualify as a high-risk arrest. Especially since the UK's bar for that is set lower than elsewhere.
If that turns out to be the case, no-one is to blame (the crook aside) but the people who live there should have a strong, critical look at themselves, really.
EDIT: All indications are they had no idea what they were walking into. Oye.