Police had to call in the bomb squad yesterday morning.
A potential bomb had been spotted and so it was their duty to ensure that the public was kept safe so they closed surrounding streets and performed some controlled explosions before announcing that the package was safe.
It sounds like the police did a good job. Until I checked some of the details of the story
First off I checked out the location via Google Maps. A residential street. So not a place where a terrorist is likely to place a bomb. Bombs do occur in residential locations though so you can’t say straight away that it was safe. People do hold grudges and it has been known for bombs to be planted under cars etc. Especially by home grown terrorists like the Animal Liberation Front (or was it the Front for Animal Liberation?). So police should have closed the roads and ensure people are safe in case the bomb had gone off.
Yes this detail was published after the fact but it gave a clue to another aspect of the story and the police will most likely have known about this point whilst attending to the package. The detail being that the package was found to be a prop for a school play.
Some parent had made it for the local school on Whiston Road and afterward had thrown it out with the rubbish. That’s the clue – rubbish. This was the waste collection day for the road and the call about the suspicious package had come from a waste disposal engineer or in other words a garbage man.
You can forgive the garbage man for calling the police because the public have been fed propaganda that instills into them the fear that Al-Qaeda is just around the next corner. An example being on the Tube and in some airports of a picture of a lock-up garage full of containers of something or other and a car with the words to the effect that terrorists need to store their bomb making chemicals somewhere so be on your guard – it could be your neighbour. IF YOU SUSPECT IT, REPORT IT!
But with a bit of intelligence the rubbish man (and he is rubbish for not having much common sense) should have easily noticed that it was a fake bomb. But he has been trained to always report up any problem. That’s why people get fined for having bins that are 1″ too full or for leaving a bag beside the wheelie bin. The waste disposal officer is told to report such things and never ever take responsibility and to think for themselves. If they did they probably would allow the odd household to flout the rules but would report a fragrant breaches or repeat offenders.
The fact that the police have not given much detail about the “bomb” leads the reasonable person to assume that it was a round black object with a piece of string dangling out of it. Or if the parent was being imaginative an old alarm clock with some wires and some yellow tubes attached to it. But generally you have thought that for a play the bomb would be made Hollywood style.
So in conclusion it seems the police didn’t use much intelligence either in using the information they knew of at the start of the operation. They too have been instilled this fear of taking the initiative. This is what leads to situations where police don’t jump into a stream to save someone because they don’t have the right kit or the training.
This is what nannying leads to.