Pause to praise police bravery
Our police take a lot of stick because that is the nature of their job, but spare a thought for officers who moved upwards through an Aberdeen block of flats on the night three people died in gruesome circumstances. The scene of carnage and terror which greeted them inside one flat will stay in their minds forever – two people lay dead or dying from savage stab wounds while their blood-stained killer tried to hide from them on a balcony. Their training kicked in and CPR began, but as some of the officers tried to talk the killer back inside from the 12th storey balcony, he leapt to his death. An independent inquiry into police actions during those terrible few minutes has praised them for their professionalism and appropriate behaviour throughout. Their own bravery when faced with such extreme danger and slaughter 12 storeys off the ground must not pass without comment either. It is vital that our police are held to account, but we must never forget that when we run from danger, they run towards it.