Police are having to “give tip-offs and notify gangsters who are fighting each other” rather than investigate crimes because of the Human Rights Act, a former justice minister has said.
Dominic Raab, who was in charge of human rights policy at the Ministry of Justice until the summer, said it was an example of “human rights being turned into an obligation”.
The warning letters – also known as Osman warnings – are issued by police if they become aware of a real and immediate threat to somebody’s life.
Police issue them when there is intelligence of a threat to someone’s life, but not enough evidence to justify the police arresting the possible offender.
“Dear One Ear,
Billy sez he’s gonna do you in.
Umm, sorry, but how did we get here?