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82 The dominant police 'concerns' are here made explicit: greater leniency; the growth of violent crime; the growing 'im­ munity' of professional criminals; the 'softening' effect of parole; and its inef­ fectuality. As if to demonstrate that Sir John was not alone in his views The Times also carried (on the same page) an all but identical attack on the 'soft' treatment of young people by the Chief Constable of Yorkshire and North-east Yorkshire. Significantly, the latter made it explicit that he thought that his views were those of 'many police'.

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