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It’s bobbies, not buildings we need in the fight against crime

Publié par Clifford Armion le 25/03/2013

Boris Johnson

Most criminals are pretty incompetent, and the annals of crime are full of their pratfalls. They fall through skylights; they get stuck in the bathroom window; or – a popular one these days – they claim their mobile phone has been nicked and then answer it when the police dial the number.
Most of them have hopeless schemes for getting away from the scene of the crime – and the record for the most bungling burglar is currently held by Mr Philip McCutcheon of Yorkshire, who managed to get arrested 20 times. According to Stephen Pile, the expert on heroic failure, the judge was so appalled by Mr McCutcheon’s incompetence that when the thief appeared before him at York Crown Court in 1971, he gave him some career advice. “I think you should give burglary up. You have a withered hand, an artificial leg, and only one eye. You have been caught in Otley, Leeds, Harrogate, Norwich, Beverley, Hull and York. How can you hope to succeed? You are a rotten burglar. You are always being caught.”
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"It’s bobbies, not buildings we need in the fight against crime", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2013. Consulté le 27/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/it-s-bobbies-not-buildings-we-need-in-the-fight-against-crime