Forest Gate and Ninety Day Detention

Police at Landsdown RoadThe news channels are eagerly following the aftermath of the raid on a house in Forest Gate. Police officers are searching the house from top-to-bottom with massive vaccum cleaners, apparently.

With the talk of evidence gathering and ‘credible intelligence’ I cannot help thinking of the 90 day detention proposition that the government put before the House of Commons. If the police find evidence and proceed quickly to a charge, that would lend some weight to the suggestion that the police do not actually need 90 days worth of intrest free credit.

What if they don’t find the evidence? Does that validate the supporters, or opponents of 90 day detention? The former group would say that we’ve let a crimminal walk free. The latter group would suggest that the authorities had made a mistake, and thank goodness no-one has been detained for 90 days without trial.

It is obviously a set of un-falsifiable hypotheticals at present. But it will be interesting to see for just how long Messers Kahar and Koyar are detained.

3 Replies to “Forest Gate and Ninety Day Detention”

  1. Forest Gate: Cockup or conspiracy? My money’s on cockup, but the notion that the police were set up is interesting. I’ve heard of pro-active, but they certainly lead with their chin. And what about Sir Ian? I see the headlines now: “Blair resigns (that’s Ian not Tony, but watch this space)”. Or alternatively: “Blair, Blair, Straw and Clarke. Three down, one to go”. The simple explanation why the government have to keep Sir Ian in place at all costs. Keystone Kops meet the Godfather. Always surprised how many people hate NuLabour yet support government institutions like the police and BBC. Must be hard to take that final step. Suppose it’s because far-left socialism or the BNP are so downmarket and they do smoke like chimneys. No wonder you guys are still in the UK. The risk takers leave, the risk adverse stay. The sooner you act on the decision to seek your fortune in the colonies the better, because it’s only going to get worse.

  2. Cheers for the reply, Andrew. Some of us are still willing prisoners of the Mother Country, I’m afraid, persevering in the belief that we can still pull back from the brink. My initial response to your points would be that it is precisely because insitutions like the police and the BBC (especially) are not totally under the thumb of the government, that I think we have a chance.

  3. Well, until a new directive from the Home Office came into force in April, the police were not allowed to go into someone’s house purely on what might have been a fishing expedition, they needed proven reliable evidence – now they can be granted admission on less stringent grounds where terrorism is concerned – the police are not as protected as they were, so there will be trouble at’mill I fear

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