Monday 15 October 2018

Not That You Would Notice

What, exactly, is a "potential child sex offender", such as those to whom Hampshire Constabulary has issued no fewer than 54 of these bizarre C5 Notices? 

Hampshire Constabulary has form here. In August, it arrested nine people in relation to the alleged sexual exploitation of teenagers. 

But they included a 13-year-old boy from Portsmouth (who is almost certainly younger than any of the alleged victims), and a 14-year-old boy and two 15-year-olds from Havant, as well as two 17-year-old boys and three men aged 21, 23 and 29 from Portsmouth. 

That meant that four of the nine people who had been arrested for non-consensual sex could not legally have engaged in consensual sex. How does that make any sense at all? It does not. It simply does not.

Suspect something rather similar here. And suspect a strong class element in both cases.

Do not worry too much, though, about the DBS. Even I hold an Enhanced DBS Check, full and clean. The two outstanding charges against me apparently do not exist.

Like the Bench, the Police, and the Legal Aid Board, the Disclosure and Barring Service laughs in the face of the soon-to-be-abolished Crown Prosecution Service.

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