Marcel Berlins argues in his Guardian column today with his usual power against the Â£15 surcharge on fines introduced on April 1 to help pay for better services to victims of crime.
My own experience makes me wonder whether the money already going to support victims could be better used. When my bicycle was stolen from the car park of the flats where I live when working in London, the first official response was a letter from Tower Hamlets Victim Support offering me counselling.
I would have put it down to isolated idiocy but for the fact that a few months later my wife reported the theft of a plant pot and contents from the front of our house in Suffolk. She received a letter from Suffolk Victim Support offering counselling.