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Police held us back from death blaze as pregnant mother begged for help(UK)
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 30th March 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 03/29/2009 4:50:37 PM PDT by PotatoHeadMick

Police held back would-be rescuers as three people died in a house fire, angry neighbours said last night.

They said they could see heavily-pregnant Michelle Colley at an upstairs window, screaming 'please save my kids'.

But police said they had to wait for firemen to arrive.

By then, however, Mrs Colley, 25, her husband Mark, 29, and their three-year-old son Louis were dead.

Their daughter Sophie, five, is fighting for her life in hospital.

Family friend David Davis, 38, said: 'It was the most harrowing thing I have ever seen.

'Michelle was at the bedroom window and we wanted to help but the police were pushing us back and not allowing us near.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: donutwatch
The police stopped wouldn't assist the family in the burning house for "health and safety" reasons and then stopped the neighbours from trying to help too.

The British police were once famous around the world for their decency and courage; in the past twenty years they have been turned into lazy, form checking, cowardly, politically indoctrinated government workers of the worst type.

1 posted on 03/29/2009 4:50:37 PM PDT by PotatoHeadMick
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To: PotatoHeadMick

All public safety entities suffer from the same big bugaboo....fear of liability.


2 posted on 03/29/2009 4:56:50 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: PotatoHeadMick

Another dispatch from the huge, gaping chasm of suck where Great Britain used to be.


3 posted on 03/29/2009 5:00:07 PM PDT by Mountain Troll (Barak Obama - just another affirmative action government hire living in public housing)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

And, didn’t the UK recently propose removing fire extinguishers from apartment complexes?

Really.
To save lives.

Yep.
They figured it was dangerous to try to fight a fire, so fire extinguishers were causing all the deaths.


4 posted on 03/29/2009 5:04:06 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: PotatoHeadMick

If unarmed Brit cops can stop you from saving your family, you probably weren’t going in there in the first place.


5 posted on 03/29/2009 5:04:53 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: PotatoHeadMick

That’s the mark of the union label.


6 posted on 03/29/2009 5:06:18 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

The Daily Mail is a solid newspaper


7 posted on 03/29/2009 5:07:56 PM PDT by dennisw (0bomo the subprime president)
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To: PotatoHeadMick
Hey, this is serious.

Somebody could have been sued if somebody was hurt while they were not strictly following the rules!

Besides, the Fireman's Union is in charge of doing the "rescuing" at fires, not the Police Union - or untrained nonunion peasants!

Sheesh, people! Priorites, please,... PRIORITIES!

8 posted on 03/29/2009 5:11:06 PM PDT by Gritty (Britannic inheritance will last longer in India and Australia than in the mother country-Mark Steyn)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Damn...

Well put.


9 posted on 03/29/2009 5:12:46 PM PDT by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: PotatoHeadMick
'Tempers were running high but the police were saying we have to wait for the fire brigade because of health and safety rules.'

Socialism at work.

10 posted on 03/29/2009 5:14:42 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

It’s not in the police contract to save their lives. That’s reserved for the fireman.

Very brave they stood their ground, they could have lost their jobs.


11 posted on 03/29/2009 5:15:26 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If Liberals would pay their taxes, there would be no deficit..)
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To: Gritty

But stopping the firemen from saving people?


12 posted on 03/29/2009 5:15:32 PM PDT by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

<< ‘It’s unbelievable that it could happen like that. Everybody wanted to try and help. You can’t have respect for police if they have no respect for other people’s lives. >>

This is one of the saddest stories I have read about the decline of Great Britain. How many of these three could have been saved with a ladder and some willing helpers.

My husband saved the lives of people living next door to his mother when he was visiting her, and he awoke to screams coming through the wall of the terrace house.

He ran downstairs, jumped over the hedge and ran up the stairs next door and got two people outside before any fire dept could get there. These ex-council houses have narrow walled-in stairways, that have to be terrifying when thick black smoke and some flames are between the bedrooms and the front door. But this family should not have died.

As I remember, he was cautioned not to do it in the future!


13 posted on 03/29/2009 5:16:44 PM PDT by maica (Barack Obama is a Communist Party Project.)
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To: Jagdgewehr

I hope these police men have nightmares for their rest of their days. I hope they hear that poor woman’s screams every night until the day they pass out of this world and must face this woman at the gates of Heaven. Let them burn in the flames of everlasting punishment for their cowardice.


14 posted on 03/29/2009 5:16:58 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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I hope these police men have nightmares for their rest of their days

You give them far, far, more credit than they deserve.

15 posted on 03/29/2009 5:23:27 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If Liberals would pay their taxes, there would be no deficit..)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
I hope these police men have nightmares for their rest of their days.

Just police; I object to your use of the word "men" when describing them.

16 posted on 03/29/2009 5:39:56 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
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To: PotatoHeadMick

what happened to jumping out of a window onto a large blanket or beadspread held by numerous people?


17 posted on 03/29/2009 5:43:44 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: PotatoHeadMick
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18 posted on 03/29/2009 5:45:13 PM PDT by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Also sprach Telethustra" - NonValueAdded)
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To: SJSAMPLE

The family were inside, the police stopped the neighbours, several carloads of cops with truncheons, and CS spray can persuade neighbours to butt out if they want to. If you read the article one woman did manage to evade the police by going around the back and climbing over a garden wall but then an officer stopped her there too.

Sorry, it’s the cops fault not any cowardice on the part of the neighbours.


19 posted on 03/29/2009 5:50:52 PM PDT by PotatoHeadMick
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To: PotatoHeadMick

The UK Socialists will just consider this.....”Ah, well. Nevermind. Less to suck off ‘the system’.”


20 posted on 03/29/2009 6:13:34 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: marsh2

Someone could get sued.


21 posted on 03/29/2009 6:17:48 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: SJSAMPLE
If unarmed Brit cops can stop you from saving your family, you probably weren’t going in there in the first place.

funny, I was thinking the exact same thing

22 posted on 03/29/2009 6:20:19 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Gritty

Besides, the Fireman’s Union is in charge of doing the “rescuing” at fires, not the Police Union - or untrained nonunion peasants!
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My cousin , a NYC cop , was busted several ranks for turning off the electricity at a auto accident where the pole and wires were on top of the car and arcing ...it’s quite simple to do , many poles have the old “frankenstein” disconnect levers/switches (just use something non-conducting to work it ,, like a broomstick) ... you see he should have waited for the union electrician from con-ed to arrive and take a chance that the car wouldn’t catch fire.. (I guess he’d have to wait for the union firemen in that instance)...


23 posted on 03/29/2009 6:44:11 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: PotatoHeadMick

Yep, sounds like the UK.


24 posted on 03/29/2009 8:47:49 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: tbw2

The only thing that stopped the firemen from savingthe people was the fact that the people were dead by the time they got there.


25 posted on 03/29/2009 9:22:18 PM PDT by Gil4
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To: PotatoHeadMick

This is hideous. I hope the outcry about this rings throughout Britain. Maybe it will wake them at last from the lockstep to societal suicide that they’re currently engaged in.


26 posted on 03/30/2009 12:56:58 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (Q: How many Obamas does it take to change a light bulb? A: THAT'S NOT FUNNY!)
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