Police say the cuts are hurting... but this is ridiculous!
WITH sirens, flashing blue lights and highspeed chases, police officers might boast of living life in the fast lane.
But things are a little more genteel in the town of Taunton – where bystanders were treated to a first-hand glimpse of what looked like austerity policing at its finest.
The picture, which police posted online, seems to show a PC chasing a pensioner on a mobility scooter. Commenting on the photo, Ian Sheppard joked: ‘Don’t think much of the new police cars.’ Ed Turnbull added: ‘Police cuts mean severe scaledowns are in place!’
However the photo of the seemingly sluggish pursuit turned out to have a simple explanation. Yesterday a spokesman for Avon and Somerset police explained: ‘A Taunton PC had kindly offered to help return a mobility scooter. Never a dull moment for our team!’
In hot pursuit: A pensioner rounds the corner of the pavement, closely followed by a police officer riding a mobility scooter