Monday, February 26, 2007

A desperate Greater Manchester Police

This smacks of desperation on the part of Greater Manchester Police.

"District Judge Wendy Lloyd told the youngster she had been "concerned" that he had been kept in custody for possession of such a small quantity of cannabis."

All because a young person was a bit cheeky and made a gesture behind a politician's back, unable to resist the temptation of being on TV or in the papers.

A search warrant and a weekend in custody courtesy of Greater Manchester Police. I am sure the young man concerned is no angel, but I am concerned that he has been treated differently to others found with very small quantities of cannabis for personal use.

Update 2 April 2007

An anonymous commentator provides a very important update about Ryan Florence, the teenager in question. Very clearly possession of cannabis was just the tip of the iceberg, and doubtless those residents of Wythenshawe who are law-abiding will be relieved to know that Florence is off the streets for a while, although doubtful that his ways will be changed much by a prison system concentrating on containment rather than rehabilitation at the moment. If I knew how to do that very clever thing where you cross out what you have written and replace it with something else, I would do. I would replace "no angel" with "criminal"; and "bit cheeky" with "arrogant".


Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was arrested cos he was on the local news with his scally mates boasting about knives and drugs. Him and his mates were then filmed pulling large, illegal, offensive knives out of their trakkie bottoms and having a right old laugh. That's why the cops nabbed him. And OK the only reason he was on TV boasting was because he'd done the gun gesture behind Cameron's back, but all the same you make your own bed.

And since he's now behind bars for 18 months (see ) maybe you'll have more concern for people, like me, who have to live in Wythenshawe at the mercy of people like that little towrag. But then, call it a wild stab in the dark, but I'm guessing you've not been to Wythenshaw much...

Monday, April 02, 2007  
Blogger BondWoman said...

Thanks for your comment. Actually, since I used to work in Manchester for 3.5 years, I have visited Wythenshawe quite a lot. And similar places in Leeds, where I have also lived and worked. I don't think you should make too many assumptions about people based on a cursory reading of their blog, but there we go. Anyway, I am grateful for the update about what has happened in this case, and will update the post accordingly.

Monday, April 02, 2007  

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