Coroner fires off a funny

The coroner who presided over the inquest into the shooting dead of a barrister who had gone off the rails and engaged in a five-hour armed standoff with itchy-fingered police officers, has called for changes in guidelines governing the use of firearms by the police.

There is currently “slavish adherence” to written documents and procedures, wrote Paul Knapman to home secretary Theresa May. He added…

“Officers may not be able to see the wood for the trees.”

A second career as a stand-up comedian beckons.