UK: Thames Valley Police Almost Rival the Keystone Cops

Yeah, this is ever so reassuring to law-abiding citizens who were forced to give up all of their guns by Socialist politicians.  /sarcasm:

Bungling police called to armed raid at bank 100 yards from station… and speed to WRONG branch

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:19 PM on 12th March 2010

A police force with one of the poorest records in the UK for solving violent crime bungled a bank robbery investigation by speeding to the wrong county.

Officers were alerted to the armed raid taking place at the Lloyds TSB less than 100 yards from their police station.

But instead of making the short trip up the road, police cars mistakenly raced to another branch more than 14 miles away.

Shocked bank workers were forced to wait for help for more than an hour after they were terrorised at gunpoint by a hooded criminal.

A female member of staff was forced into a room and taped to a chair while the suspect held a gun to her head.

The raider then calmly left the branch with tens of thousands of pounds – while scores of officers worked obliviously at their desks nearby.

Operators received a 999 call from employees at the bank in Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire, moments after the terrifying hold-up.

However, teams of police were scrambled to a branch in the Berkshire town of Pangbourne – a 30-minute drive away.

When they realised their mistake the four patrol cars raced back to the robbed bank in South Oxfordshire, but by the time they arrived – more than an hour later – the raider had escaped.

Following the glaring error, a police helicopter was scrambled to track-down the criminal, but he had vanished with the vast sum of money.

Thames Valley Police chiefs blamed the shocking gaffe on an automatic alarm which sent officers to the wrong branch.

The force was slammed earlier this week after being rated ‘poor’ – the bottom rank – at solving crimes in a report by the Home Office and was told to take ‘immediate remedial action’.

Chief Inspector Ian Beckett confirmed officers had been deployed to the wrong branch at 5pm on February 16, arriving eight minutes later.

‘When they arrived it was clear that a robbery had not taken place at the address,’ he said.

‘The correct address was then given to the officers and they were immediately deployed to the Lloyds TSB in Henley.

‘The method of notification is an automated alarm system and as a result of this incident, the systems have been checked and rectified to ensure this does not happen again.’

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4 Comments on “UK: Thames Valley Police Almost Rival the Keystone Cops”

  1. If O had his way, we would be disarmed and flooded with criminals so that he could speed up our destruction. More Muslims, more illegals, more gov’t control over everything you do. That’s the plan and we are going to stop him and his evil socialist democrats.

  2. Mullah Lodabullah Says:

    They wouldn’t make that mistake if they were investigating a resident putting rubbish in the wrong wheelie bin.

    • PB-in-AL Says:

      Mullah – I’ve noticed that. There’s never any question of whether one’s wheelie bin is too far open, has the wrong contents, or is placed at the curb outside acceptable times; they always seem to be johnny-oh-the-spot with an exorbitant fine in those cases.

  3. PB-in-AL Says:

    My question is, don’t they have a radio? Couldn’t the dispatched officers, call back, say they got sent to the wrong branch: send other guys to the right one?! Or was the case that the entire company of beat officers for that precinct went on this little escapade?

    Also, looking at a map, it seems rather incredible that these guys were the closest station to the bank they actually showed up at. If it was an alarm mis-configuration, wouldn’t a closer station be the one alerted? There are a number of questions, but it does seem that these guys are just idiots.

    There was a 999 call placed, so presumably, that person identified themselves and their location. So this wasn’t just an automated alarm dispatch problem.

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