There were a number of interesting points raised in this week's Thanet Times story of sordid goings on in the public toilets in Minster.
I do not mind what people get upto in the privacy of their own home but I take grave exception to blatant sexual activity in a public place and there is something particularly sordid about such goings on in a small village public toilet. But how does Kent Police deal with it?
Thanet Times reported that Kent Police were informed of obscene acts being committed in Minster's toilets and put posters up to remind homosexuals engaging in sex in the toilets that such activity was un-lawful. Can you imagine signs on lamposts reminding burglars that breaking and entering is un-lawful? Anyway, Kent Police then mounted a surveillance operation and caught 4 men; presumably engaging in lewd and obscene behaviour in a public place. After all the effort put in by Kent Police, were charges brought? No, the men were 'cautioned'.
So Kent Police instead of 'policing' and charging, prosecuting and thus publicly naming those involved, suggested that TDC shut the toilets after 4pm and are warning homosexuals "that those participatingin these activities may be VULNERABLE people and VICTIMS OF CRIME. (Are Kent Police talking about the criminals breaking the law in Minster's toilets?) It's all confusing but the disgusting participants of sexual activity in Minster's loo can call the Kent Homophobic and Transphobic Reporting Line for help and advice.!
I despair of policing in this country when our Police Force is so 'touchy feely' and sensitive about being labelled anti-gay that it fails to charge and prosecute homosexuals breaking the law but implies they are 'victims' and that their advice is to 'close the toilet early'? Heaven help us all. The law used to be applied impartially and without favour; not any more it seems.