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It’s time for the police to steal the naps, burglars laughing right down to eBay

Being burgled – having the apartment you once felt safe ransacked – is something you don’t get over easily.

I remember when it happened to me.

Since 2019, all burglary cases have been marked as unsolved in 46 percent of the areas

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Since 2019, all burglary cases have been marked as unsolved in 46 percent of the areasPhoto credit: Getty
Top Police Officer Andy Cooke admitted trust in the criminal justice system is collapsing as offenders are

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Top Police Officer Andy Cooke admitted trust in the criminal justice system is collapsing as offenders are “rarely caught and punished”.Credit: PA

In the middle of the night I heard an intruder downstairs and whispered to 999.

Then, halfway down the stairs, I saw a man, all in black, walking his way through my dining room in the light of my open fridge, hopping around with my laptop.

Within minutes, the police and their dogs arrived.

Two caring officers sipped a cup of tea, assured me it was nothing personal as there was a spate of burglaries in the area, and filled me in on everything I needed to know about being a victim of a burglary .

Weeks later, they got in touch and said they caught him.

It was such a relief because I was afraid he would come back.

He knew the layout of my house and would have realized I needed to replace my battered old laptop with a shiny new one.

Now I know how lucky I was because that was 20 years ago when the police bothered to properly investigate burglaries.

But this week it was announced that they no longer do it.

The latest Home Office figures show that just 3.7 percent of home burglaries result in a suspect being charged.

Three quarters of burglaries are not even accompanied by the police.

Since 2019, all burglary cases have been marked as unsolved in 46 percent of the areas.

And without CCTV or DNA, cases can often be closed in hours.

Burglars don’t have to be afraid of the police.

They have absolutely no deterrence and laugh right down to eBay.

In his first report since being appointed Chief Inspector of the Constabulary, Andy Cooke admitted that confidence in the criminal justice system is collapsing as offenders are “rarely caught and punished”.

But why exactly is PC Plod not bothering to take care of the poor old loved ones and frightened families whose homes have been ransacked?

You can’t be at fault for the financing.

They received £17billion in government grants this year – the highest in more than a decade.

Staff levels are increasing and the Home Office has already hired almost 14,000 out of 20,000.

Ridiculous arrests

Cooke says this is partly due to a “very young” group of inexperienced officers, explaining that 31 percent have less than five years of service.

You’d think if you’re a smart, enthusiastic bobby who’s always wanted to join the police, you’d learn the basics quickly. But apparently not.

Cooke admits officials don’t do those basics, such as B. Collecting CCTV evidence, conducting house-to-house investigations, providing crime prevention advice and informing victims.

He said this is “not what the public expects and deserves”. It’s not too right.

Along with going back to basics, police need to prioritize.

In recent months, police have opened a “hate incident” file after an 11-year-old boy was called “Shorty” on the street.

In another case, an Essex antiques dealer received a warning for selling a book based on the TV series The Black And White Minstrel Show.

One wonders how many ridiculous arrests take place while burglars are living the high life.

Cooke has already put some forces into special measures, including The Met.

This force dropped nearly 40 percent of home burglary investigations within 24 hours last year.

He must continue to be the strong arm of the law, bringing forces to uncover more crimes and arrest more criminals.

If he doesn’t, burglars will continue to run rings around helpless young cops who don’t know the basics.

Lightning still fits as a gladiator

MOST women around the age of 50 worry about some variation in middle age.

But not the former Gladiator Lightning, aka Kim Betts.

Former gladiator Lightning, aka Kim Betts, showed that she still rocks at 50

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Former gladiator Lightning, aka Kim Betts, showed that she still rocks at 50Photo credit: INSTAGRAM

This week she donned the famous leotard she wore on the TV show 30 years ago to show she’s still in amazing shape thanks to her dedication to nutrition and fitness.

And if you look closely at the photo – as I did – you’ll see that she actually tugs at the costume to keep it snug around her waist – because it’s now TOO BIG for her.

That should be a lesson for all of us. No pizza and wine for me tonight!

Cap’n easy on the eyes

WHAT on earth happened to Captain Birdseye?

I remember him from the fish stick commercial when I was a kid and he was a cross between your grandfather and Santa Claus.

The new Captain Birdseye has stripped to promote his new swimwear collection

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The new Captain Birdseye has stripped to promote his new swimwear collectionCredit: Joe Pepler/PinPep

But now there’s a new captain of the seas who has stripped to promote her new swimwear collection and he’s a delight.

He’s a hunk in bathing suits – all hairy chested, misty eyes and slightly sexy.

Or is that just a sign of old age?

resident spirit

THE boss of a haunted pub says his resident knocked a beer glass off a table – and he’s got the video to prove it.

Scott Dawson says Ring O’ Bells pub in Cumbria is very spooky and lots of strange things going on there.

Scott Dawson says his house spirit knocked a beer glass off a table - and he has the video to prove it

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Scott Dawson says his house spirit knocked a beer glass off a table – and he has the video to prove itPhoto credit: Kennedy News

It’s a way of discouraging players!

Leave app alone

I AM sure I’m not the only one in many annoying WhatsApp groups.

I got sucked into everything from childcare to local planning issues.

Every ping and every emoji crunch.

Well, now there’s good news for all of us.

WhatsApp is changing the way you leave a group.

You will no longer have to be ashamed of snubbing everyone.

You can just leave without being notified that you have left.

I can’t wait to make some discreet exits.

Kudos to Zana

CONGRATULATIONS to House of Zana and its owner Amber Kotrri.

Multibillion-dollar company Zara sent its heavyweight lawyers, urging them in no uncertain terms to drop the name of their Darlington, Co. Durham boutique because it was confusing to their customers.

Amber Kotrri, owner of House Zana

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Amber Kotrri, owner of House ZanaPhoto credit: Guzelian

For real? House of Zana and Zara don’t sound alike at all, apart from a little “Za”.

Many people would have been afraid of the international company and backed down, but brave Amber tucked in her boutique heels and went to court.

She explained how she called her shop Zana because it means fairy in Albanian, where her husband is from.

The outsider won.

And while trying to protect her name, Zara revealed herself as a big Spanish thug.

I hope House of Zana continues to be successful.

A fat amount of sense

THOMAS The Tank Engine fans at a visitor attraction near Winchester were warned not to call The Fat Controller fat.

Apparently it’s a “Slur” and they were told to call him by his real name, Sir Topham Hatt.

Sir Topham Hatt aka The Fat Controller

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Sir Topham Hatt aka The Fat Controller

A few weeks ago I took my three year old to a day out with Thomas on the East Lancashire Railway in Bury.

One of the highlights was meeting The Fat Controller on the station.

He was very friendly, cheerful and bold. Call things by their proper name.

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