POLICE can become “frustrated” by some judges being too lenient, a top Cheshire cop has admitted.
Assistant chief constable Graeme Gerrard was speaking about court sentencing at Ellesmere Port’s “Have Your Say” (formerly Police Forum) meeting.
Resident Mike Smith had won a round of applause from the Civic Hall audience when he said: “With some of the sentences I’ve seen, I don’t think some of the judiciary live on the same planet and they certainly aren’t in step with what the public want.
“Perhaps through Mr Gerrard there’s a line to the Home Office to raise these concerns.”
Meeting chairman Michael Darby said Mr Smith should address his concerns to borough MP Andrew Miller, as MPs are “the arbiters of the law”.
ACC Gerrard told the meeting: “If they send people to prison, we have got to have the prisons there.
“A long-term solution needs to be put in place.
“I have sympathy for judges who want to sentence people for a long time. But building prisons is not a particular vote winner if they want to build one in your area.
“My officers can get frustrated by this.”