Andrew McKie: We should not be fixated on making the offensive an offence

IT’S refreshing to hear the United Kingdom’s most senior police officer, Sara Thornton, suggest that there are some things that the police shouldn’t do. At the annual conference of the National Police Chiefs Council, which she chairs, she questioned whether forces should concentrate on recording instances of misogyny which are not themselves criminal, rather than solving burglaries and murders and getting muggers off the streets. .