In this thread a few days ago I made a drunken thoughtless throwaway comment as a bit a laugh, then was too inebriated to remove it. Most of you think I am an idiot anyway and to be honest I realise I have been, so whilst I doubt anyone took it seriously, I wish to sincerely apologise for that post which has subsequently been removed.
I do have respect for the work the police do and know that whilst there will always be a few odd balls and bad apples in any profession, on the whole the police I have had few dealings with are good people that try to do a hard job well. From My understanding in his time on the force Derek was a force for positive change and he will be greatly hurt by the actions of this PC and any others who have embarrassed the reputation of the force.
I have taken time to compose this response mainly because I have been taking stock. I have realised that I have developed a drink problem and that I post here mainly after consumption of alcohol so not doing myself any favours. I have therefore decided to get sober and remove myself from this forum permanently.
I am sincerely sorry for any hurt Derek may have felt and realise he won't want to be tarred with the same brush as this thief. As means of apology I wish to make a sizeable (for me) cash donation to a local charity of Dereks' choice in his name as my parting gift. If Derek could PM me the name of the charity I will make a deposit before the end of the week.
I will not be drawn into any further discussion.