A blast from the past about the 2007 child-murder of eleven-year
old Rhys Jones inhabits the back pages of a national rag today.
I recall that in my far-off days in Glasgow, policemen were called hurry-hurry
up men in reference to their predisposition for banging the heads of suspects
against the door-frames of police-vans following Saturday evening street arrests. Additionally,
in those admittedly far off days, street police-boxes – nowadays better known
as Dr Who Tardis’s – came complete with a local gangster stocked bar and, on
occasion at least, a prostitute or three.
Penned by Carol
Midgley, the odd piece includes the notion that policepersons are always heroes
and should not be challenged. Be that as it may, the Jones investigators did a
good job and secured 22 years-worth of convictions. Shot dead as he walked home
from football, the tale of the unfortunate Rhys is indeed tragic but, as a keen
fan of the likes of Interceptors and Judge Judy, one has to wonder if the
reportage has much, if any, real relevance.
Nowadays of course all is well with the boys in blue.
Duncan Harley is the author of The A-Z of Curious Aberdeenshire - Published by The History Press at £12.99 and available from Amazon and Inverurie Whisky Shop.