Lessons to learn
Jan 24 2008 by Andrew Baldwin, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
THE brutal murder in Ravensthorpe of businessman David Burrows was not the finest moment of our law enforcers.
Indeed, the police are guilty of a series of systematic failures and a catalogue of errors.
Mr Burrows, it will be remembered, lost his life despite repeated complaints to police about the behaviour of killer Gavin Hogg.
Police were involved in the developing row between the two men on at least seven occasions and yet Mr Burrows died and several families were devastated.
Batley and Spen Labour MP Mike Wood is correct to point out that there should have been a different reaction, not just by the police but also by the Crown Prosecution Service.
He is also right to suspect that priority appears to be given to cases that can be cleared easily, ticking a few marks on the target sheet.
It’s been said often before about other tragic incidents, but lessons really do need to be learned.
When will they?