MAN OF NO TV APPEARANCE

Britain is doomed:

A police force withdrew plans for a televised appeal to help catch an Afghan suspected of sexually assaulting women after a race watchdog warned that it might spark a violent backlash.

Detectives were due to appear on an episode of ITV’s Manhunt to ask for help finding Noorullah Seddiqi, 34 …

But the Chief Constable of the Devon and Cornwall force, Stephen Otter, told officers not to go ahead with the programme after the Devon Racial Equality Council, funded by and affiliated to the Commission for Racial Equality, said the appeal could lead to a racist backlash.

The BBC reveals that even general alerts on this chap apparently cause offence:

Police have been criticised for putting out a public appeal for Mr Seddiqi in April, three months after he broke bail.

(Via a senior crown prosecutor in the UK, who tells of “deep frustration” over police trembliness. To say the least.)

UPDATE. An open letter on related themes of nannying do-goodness.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/22/2007 at 08:43 AM
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