I was wrong to say that we cannot cope, admits police chief

Pressure gets to police chief

Has that fat bastard charles clarke had a quick word with him on the brilliance of labours crime and justice policy?

The Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire was forced into an embarrassing climbdown yesterday over his controversial comments about the state of his force.

Steve Green said yesterday that he was wrong to suggest recently that his officers were being overwhelmed and were unable to cope with the scale of violent crime. Steve Green: will resist pressureto force him to stand down

In his first public statement since he said in an interview with The Telegraph that the situation had reached crisis point, he admitted: " It wasn't my finest hour."

He faced more damage to his reputation yesterday in a rebuke from Jon Collins, the leader of Nottingham city council, who accused him of encouraging criminals into the area with his use of "sensational language".

On Monday, Mr Green was branded a "menace to law and order" by Victor Bates, the Nottinghamshire jeweller whose wife was murdered in a robbery, after four people were convicted in relation to the killing. Marian Bates died after being shot in a raid on her shop, the Time Centre, in Arnold, in September 2003.

Mr Green came out fighting during an emergency meeting of the Nottinghamshire police authority and said he would resist pressure to force him to stand down.

He said: "Is it true that the force is overwhelmed? Absolutely not. In spite of all that has been said, let us not lose sight of the fact that we are coping.

"It seems amazing that we are sat here having this debate about crime being allegedly out of control when it has actually fallen by 11 per cent in the past 12 months - nearly 18,000 fewer victims. Whatever the reason for my conducting the interview [with The Sunday Telegraph], I must concede that the interview itself was not my finest hour.

"When I speak publicly, I always try to 'tell it straight'. You may take the view that, on this occasion, I should have foreseen the consequences of what I said.

"With hindsight, I was wrong to accept the word 'crisis' during the interview but, nevertheless, investigating murders is a major challenge to us and we should not underestimate that challenge."

It was a marked change of tone from that which he used in the interview, published on March 13, when he said that his force was "reeling" with 30 open murder investigations and may have to "farm out" entire inquiries to outside forces.

He told the authority: "It is not envisaged we will be farming out any in their entirety. It is an option that has been open but at the moment there are no plans to do so."

Mr Green said that in the past year gun crime in total was down 30 per cent, burglaries had fallen by 24 per cent, robbery by 25 per cent, and car crime had dropped by 18 per cent.

During Operation Stealth, which targets gun crime, 1,100 people had been arrested, 354 weapons had been seized, and drugs valued at £10.5 million confiscated. Violent crime, said Mr Green, had risen by just 0.5 per cent.

John Clarke, the authority's chairman, said Mr Green had its support. He said: "We all need to know that our police force is still effective and efficient and that the situation is neither catastrophic nor alarming."

But John Collins, the city council leader, said: "It can be no value to the city as a whole … facilitating the kind of reportage that has resulted in Nottingham being unfairly described as 'assassination city'.

"Using such sensational language opens the door to sensational reporting but may attract the wrong kind of people to Nottingham. I hope that members of the police authority and Nottinghamshire police exercise more caution when speaking to the press."
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A sad day when an honest public servant is forced to look a fool. Just goes to show that with this government it is not permitted to tell the truth unless it is the party approved truth. Mr Goebbels would have been impressed by this bunch.
Well said IA. The sooner this bunch of uncaring, untrustworthy, 'democratic' dictators are voted out the better. The whole cabinet is rotten to the core and I'd rather have Coco the clown as PM than that arrse BLiar.... hang on a moment? Maybe it is Coco?
I might be cynical here but I think this bloke got a midnight call from old jug ears and told to wind his neck in.

Seems he has :roll:

The depths New Liabour will stoop to in order to try and stay in power. This country is in a worse state as I have ever seen, thanks to Tony Bliar.

They lie and connive and then have the ordasity to try and lie some more to get out of it :evil:

I ma convinced now my future lies over the ocean in another country.....right where is that travel brochure


It's the same with the Armed Forces.........notice how these Generals don't say anything until they are out?

Then the cynics dig at them by saying that they should have said something whilst they were serving?

Too much pension to worry about.

This copper was alwasy going to retract Now by doing so, the rest will be too frightened to speak up. LAw and order in UK is out of control. The Governemnt doesn't want us too know that our police cannot cope for exactly the reasons which the Chief Con of Notts stated.

Democarcy my arrse.

Don't vote LAbour!
Crime isn't down, it's just that people don't bother reporting it these days, cos they know there is absolutely no point whatsoever.
IdleAdjt said:
A sad day when an honest public servant is forced to look a fool. Just goes to show that with this government it is not permitted to tell the truth unless it is the party approved truth. Mr Goebbels would have been impressed by this bunch.
I saw some smarmy NuLab Nottingham MP on tv just after the CC's interview. What an absolute newspeak piece of shit he is. He spoke as if Nottingham was a paradise without problems. The sad thing is - he probably thinks it is.
Prince Charles is more in touch with ordinary people than some of these elected representatives. Frightening.
Even the head of the Police Commitee looked and sounded very confused on the TV last night! I think the way it was done at the press conference made it more than clear that he was got at by the Home Office!


As long aswhat's gone on is more than obvious to the voting public, then Labour will have placed another nail in thier own coffin.

From Stalin to Blair..............once a red always a red. Commie bastards.
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