Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast…

The BBC reports that a police spokesperson has said it was “not an appropriate action” for an officer to play “ice-cream van” music when young people were throwing bottles at a Land Rover vehicle in the Twinbrook area on 22 May.  Although they also admit that this humorous approach had defused the situation and the trouble had stopped. From the report

Sinn Fein councillor Angela Nelson told the Andersonstown News that the officer’s actions “beggared belief”.

“The PSNI are put on the streets to do a serious job and that is to keep order on the streets and face down anti-social elements. This is like a sick joke.

“It goes against everything we are trying to solve and eradicate in the area.”

The same councillor told Talkback that the police “should have arrested them”.