BEFORE the police get too pleased with themselves about how they are doing, look at the results as published last week.

On the results for my area, south Oxfordshire and Vale, five of the various types of crime, out of eight, were up. These were the most serious, eg rape, sex crimes, violence against the person, theft of and from a vehicle.

And a year after the jewellery robbery, where an alleged thief died and two other men were arrested, they or the CPS still haven’t gone to trial.

So as far as I’m concerned, they still have a way to go before they get a pat on the back from me.

Lincoln Place