I will be retiring fully this Saturday. The model of reality that has seen me through to date has been challenged by the latest missive from the council solicitor. The history includes a Planning Officer hearing machine gun fire from a 25 yard .22 rifle range. He does not report this to Police. When a Standards Complaint was made against the Planning Officer and a councillor the Standards Process decided the Code of Conduct did not have jurisdiction over the cllr's conduct complained of. Meanwhile the officer appears to have enjoyed a severance and early retirement package. It later emerged that the Standards Process had sat whilst an evidence file about the range was concealed from the knowledge of the cllrs on the Cttee and thus also from Full Council who endorsed the Standards recommendation. The 1998 Crime and Disorder Act places duties on councils to consider crime prevention in all their duties. Including Standards procedures. So where are the machine guns now that the Planning Officer heard ? Did the Planning Officer in the severance and early pension arrangement commit an offence of concealing crime Criminal Justice Act 1967. The council solicitor says even if crime was committed the council has no duty imposed on it to make a crime complaint to police. So I wrote, a bit intrigued, asking about Terrorism Act 2000 and Proceeds of Crime Act and Crime and Disorder Act The council solicitor is now refusing to answer. So I wrote to MI5. From what I can gather they too assumed councils would always report crime like use of machine guns.