Early yesterday evening an incident occurred near Birmingham. First reports suggested that a man with a knife was holding two people hostage inside a building, and that police were on the scene. As the drama began to unfold, mobile phone footage showed frightened people, on police orders - elderly, young people, men, women, children running away from the scene and wondering what the hell was going on! running for their lives!
On receiving information from the police, the BBC, several times reported to its viewers and listeners, that this incident is "not terror related."
Eh, excuse me! if I`d had been there, I`d have been bloody terrified - ye`gods! I`d have been wetting myself!
In fairness, I`m sure, other broadcasters used the same term "not terror related." not just the BBC - and they are just reporting on what they were given by the police (aren`t they?), but surely the powers that be can come up with a better, more appropriate term than "not terror related."
Why add insult to injury, when clearly people were terrified out of their wits!
Given the sheer number of young people murdered this year (27) by knife wielding maniacs, I wonder, do the BBC still consider that knife crimes in the UK are NOT terror related? Would the BBC now even dare to use the term `Not terror related` when clearly lot`s of people are - how else can I put it - bl**dy scared out of their wits that next time it`s could be their son, or their daughter!!