Alan Travis
The Guardian
May 13, 2009

Gordon Brown today urged police across England and Wales to offer to walk the last mile home with people who feel unsafe after they visit the cashpoint.

[efoods]He floated the idea, pioneered by the Wanstead neighbourhood police team in east London, when he delivered his first major speech about crime at Chelsea FC’s conference centre today.

While Tony Blair faced ridicule for threatening to march young thugs to the cashpoint to pay their fines, Brown was criticised for assuming that the police have the time to escort people home from the bank.

In his wide-ranging speech, the prime minister defended the government’s civil liberties record over the use of CCTV cameras and the decision not to immediately delete the profiles of 850,000 innocent individuals from the DNA database.

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