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A new segment, we will decide between two British news stories and answer the nagging question, What is more British?
The Hertfordshire Constabulary:
Officers have released pictures of a man they would like to speak to following an incident involving a duck at Verulamium Lake in Verulamium. On Sunday, June 5, at around 11.15am a man was seen taking a young mallard from the lake and placing it into a carrier bag.
The man, who was with a woman, then walked towards the car park. When he was challenged by a woman who had seen the incident, the man eventually returned the bird to the lake. He then verbally abused the woman before leaving the area. PC Jos Bartlett, from the Rural Operational Support Team, who is investigating, said: “I am keen to speak to the man pictured as we believe he may have information that can help our investigation.
“If you know this man or have any information about the incident, please contact me via the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number 101.
Heads up, this second story is a little bit long, if you don't want to read the entire thing I will give it a two sentence recap below it.
Ian Devlin was 17 when he was sentenced to serve nine years at a young offenders' institution for killing Shiblu Rahman in London in April 2001. Devlin has been employed at Ian Mikardo High School, Tower Hamlets, as an assistant since 2010. It said he had passed security checks and was a model rehabilitated offender. While the school was aware of Devlin's conviction, parents and the wider community were not. The information came to light following a recently published article in a Bangladeshi language newspaper.
'Valued Member of Community'
Devlin has declined to comment. The school in Talwin Street, east London, caters for boys aged 11-16 with serious social, emotional and behavioural issues. Head teacher Claire Lillis said: "Ian Devlin has worked at the school for the last five years. He has been an excellent example of how a rehabilitated offender can contribute to his community and he is a valued member of our school community. The school took all appropriate checks and advice in appointing Mr Devlin and wish to support him in continuing to do the work which he has been legally appointed to perform. I am concerned that the reaction of the community to this news presents more of a safeguarding risk to our vulnerable children than his presence at the school and would urge local people to react in a calm and measured way."
Tower Hamlets Labour councillor Khales Ahmed said residents were horrified by Devlin's employment at the school. When Devlin was sentenced in 2001, Judge Richard Hawkins said "I am in no doubt that this was a racially motivated attack."
Mr Ahmed told the BBC: "Many residents [have] approached me about their concerns about this issue. I immediately asked for an investigation. It is a huge mistake by the school. Fifteen years ago Shiblu Rahman was killed by this person. It was a terrible racist killing. I know he has a right to a job. In this country he has a right to do everything but not locally, where he killed someone. It is a disaster. It is terrible for us, a local diverse community. Local residents remember what happened. I am shocked by this school. It is poor management. He shouldn't be employed here in this school.
A school for emotional and behavioral issues, defended employing a man convicted of manslaughter, in a racially motivated attack. The employee, was 17 at the time.
I thought for the first edition of this segment I would start with a hard one, but I am regretting that now. The second story has British written all over it, from start to finish. First the fact that a school would hire a guy who was a convicted murderer, not to mention racist. Then the fact that the guy was working for the this school since 2010, 6 years, and no one knew about it. Apparently, it happened it the same community the school is apart of. Which is very British.
I wonder how many other British people who murdered someone have normal jobs. Like government official, royal lord, or convenience store owner. I guess the real question is how many murderers have the British let loose?
Then we have the first story. Some guy is being hunted down by police for "verbally abusing" a woman in a park. At this point, this story is the underdog, but I really like him, he shows promise. This guy is probably a racist murderer too. That would explain why he was trying to kidnap a duckling.
Is that some sort of hobby? Does this guy go down to the park every Tuesday and kidnap a duckling? Is he making a duckling army? That is pretty British. This is probably what he is planning.
I am gonna have to go with Story Two. It just has too much British smeared all over it. Have a good hump day and watch out for the British.
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