What The Papers Say: Farmer’s shot poses a question of self-defence

Farmer Tony Martin, who was charged with murder after an incident at his Norfolk farm, was defended by neighbours who said that the remote hamlet had become a prime target for criminals.

Farmer Tony Martin, who was charged with murder after an incident

at his Norfolk farm, was defended by neighbours who said that the remote

hamlet had become a prime target for criminals.



This sparked media debate on effective policing and the rights of the

citizen. The Telegraph (23/8/99) argued that too few police in rural

areas had led to a’community under siege’. But local police forces

defended themselves, claiming it is ’not borne out by crime figures’

(Guardian 24/8/99).



It was Labour’s fault for making rural crime a lower priority, said the

former Conservative Home Secretary (Sunday Telegraph 29/8/99). The

Telegraph (24/8/99) reminded readers that it was the Tories who

prevented Neighbourhood Watch from becoming ’an efficient crime-busting

scheme’.



Media sentiment overall suggested that more police are needed in country

areas. The Daily Mail (25/8/99) revealed that in the UK there are ’43

societies dedicated to the aid and comfort of criminals and only two

designed to help the victims of crime’.



Evaluation supplied by Echo Research. Cuttings supplied by Broadcast

Monitoring Company. This article can also be found at

www.echoResearch.com.



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