Daily Mail

Short, sharp shock tactic


WHAT has happened to the police? The disruption caused by eco-zealots blocking the M25 made my heart sink to see how spineless the police seem to be in dealing with protests that impinge drasticall­y on ordinary people’s everyday lives.

In the 1970s, I was a police motorcycli­st in liverpool when there was a series of go-slows and stoppages by taxi drivers over their grievances with the council.

One morning, I was dispatched to a protest that had brought the city centre to a standstill.

In those days, traffic police were expected to deal with accidents and other road issues using their own initiative. You sank or swam with the decisions you made.

I approached one taxi driver and several times asked him politely to move his cab because it was causing an obstructio­n. He refused, so I cautioned him and told him he was being arrested for obstructio­n.

He ran off, but I chased, caught and arrested him. I returned to the scene, the watching crowd clapped and a colleague moved his cab. The other taxis drove away and traffic returned to normal. The incident was all over in a matter of minutes.

Why don’t today’s police use this method or has the law changed?

NEIL HORN, Liverpool.

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