Diary - more violence, more police officers hurt

More violence, this time in Scotland. Police Constable David Whyte, 42, was seriously injured during a one-man rampage in a Glasgow hotel. It's understood that PC Whyte is in hospital and his conditions is described as "critical but stable". The knifeman was shot dead by police. I am getting fed up with the news of more and more police officers being hurt at violent incidents. I really do sympathise with them as they continue to go into a dangerous situation while others understandably take to their heels. But, as a former soldier, it did baffle me why officers were not properly equipped when facing a mob outside No 10 recently. Had we placed our soldiers, so ill-equipped, in such a precarious position, we'd be sacked, and rightly so. Violence has no place in our country and it must be dealt with firmly. The softly-softly approach does not always work and, while it's hoped for, senior officers on the ground must surely be able to read a situation better. My deepest sympathy extends to all police officers who have been hurt recently in these spate of ugly incidents and protests. I have serious doubts about the direction of travel in our country, with our freedoms and way of life under assault by, in the main, those who want to undermine them. Time to stand up and be counted. There are, of course, those who have genuine concerns and they should be engaged with, but for every worthy cause there are always those who jump on the bandwagon to further their mischievous aims. I'm glad to report that in S Dorset this morning, everyone was working together as the various agencies discussed how to combat these visitor invasions at our weekly call with the council. The sheer scale of the problem means coping with it is not easy. And the tons of litter that are left behind on our beaches is simply disgusting. But cope with it we must, at least until holiday flights resume and more facilities, like pubs, re-open. Afterwards, I took my motorcycle to Portland to visit HeliOps. Some residents were complaining about the noise and I met with CEO Steve Gladston and his team to chat it all through. First, he showed me round the site, in which they are investing a considerable sum of money. Business is good and the German SAR training contract is going well. Steve explained their situation and how they were doing all they reasonably could to mitigate the noise. However, they have a licence to fly both day and night and training these German crews requires that. It is regrettable that housing has been allowed to creep ever closer to the base, which was there first. In fact, helicopters have flown from here for decades. I shall respond to constituents as best I can with the information that I now have. On the way home, I dropped into CW Motorcycles in Dorchester to buy a new visor and was delighted that the business had re-opened. I was told  that was a narrow squeak as the shut-down was having a devastating effect on their finances. We must get back to work, and school! See my column. At 1430, I had a catch-up call with Weymouth College Principle Nigel Evans, who has become a good friend. He is doing an outstanding job at the college and he reassured me that they were planning to fully re-open in September. He was also chuffed with the extra monies that have now come through, amounting to c£1.5 million. Another interesting and confidential meeting with a small team of my colleagues at 1500. This lasts for an hour and is a chance for us to speak plainly to each other about a whole range of topics. For those hoping to go on holiday this summer, they will welcome the news that they might well be able to get to Spain, France and Greece, and not have to quarantine when they return.