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Are the police are losing control of the streets?

Chris Hobbs / December 4, 2016 at 3:23 PM 26,635 views

Halloween carnage, officers attacked by schoolchildren, others stabbed as knife crime escalates. It begs the question: whose streets? Warning: This post contains pictures that some readers may find disturbing. It is just over a week since Amber Rudd made her…

It’s never our fault, it’s never our fault

Chris Hobbs / June 21, 2016 at 11:18 AM 1,667 views

In an almost parallel universe, the Euro 2016 championships have also been taking place... Here the supporters group known as Defending Fans Against Police Harassment (DFAPH) have issued a statement following violent incidents in Marseille and Lille Defending Fans Against…

Why the Home Secretary supports Millwall

Chris Hobbs / September 9, 2015 at 7:53 PM 4,432 views

A post-Bank Holiday debrief in playlet form Time: An almost parallel universe. Scene: The Home Secretary’s office on the Tuesday morning after August Bank Holiday weekend. The Home Secretary is sitting behind a large imposing desk as Jeremy, a  youthful but…

British policing: Death by a thousand cuts

Chris Hobbs / July 23, 2015 at 2:23 PM 7,333 views

The announcement by George Osborne in relation to forthcoming cuts, whilst expected, nevertheless sent a shockwave throughout the police service. To those at the sharp end of policing news of further cuts of between 25 and 40% can only have…

Alice Gross: Don’t be too harsh on the Met

Chris Hobbs / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 912 views

Chris Hobbs is a retired Metropolitan Police officer who has lived in West London’s Hanwell for most of his working life. Below he shares his perspective on the tragic death of 14 year old Alice Gross and the huge policing…

Archive: Theresa May will be delighted on police complaints

Chris Hobbs / February 4, 2015 at 8:40 PM 3,236 views

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) gave the impression of being almost jubilant as they released figures showing a 15% increase in complaints against a police service already severely damaged due to cutbacks and low morale. The figures were eagerly…