Nick Ferrari Questions Police Chief Who Said Call 999 If You Feel Threatened By A Catcaller
25 October 2019, 10:48 | Updated: 5 November 2019, 15:25
Nick Ferrari challenged a Police and Crime Commissioner told women that they should call 999 if they feel threatened by being catcalled.
Devon and Cornwall PCC Alison Hernandez urged a woman to call the police after she asked what they are doing to stop the growing issue of catcalling in Exeter.
Is anything being done to tackle catcalling in Exeter (or nationwide)?— Rebecca Broad (@RebeccaComms) August 28, 2019
Whether it’s the unintelligible jeers I just got while walking a dog, or the horrific rape threat a few months ago, I’m SO fed up.
Not yet managed to recover from the shock quickly enough to record car regs.
I would suggest Rebecca call 999 next time if she feels threatened while out and about. And to definitely report time, location and any description she has for what has already happened via the many methods https://t.co/R5xCLhkhAW— Alison Hernandez (@AlisonHernandez) August 29, 2019
After Nick Ferrari discussed the intervention, Ms Hernandez called LBC to clarify.
She told Nick: "I was actually replying about ringing 999 in response to a young woman who'd been verbally threatened with rape in the street."
But Nick clarified: "I'm sorry to interrupt. She had experienced that and you're absolutely right, but her tweet, the first line is 'Is anything being done to tackle catcalling in Exeter?'
"To which you say 'I would suggest Rebecca calls 999 the next time she feels threatened when out and about.'
"So you quite clearly say catcalling.
"You were asked if anything is being done to tackle catcalling in Exeter, to which you suggest Rebecca, the woman, call 999. That's pretty straightforward, Commissioner."
Ms Hernandez responded: "I'm not suggesting that if someone wolf-whistles you in the street and you find it funny that you have to call the police.
"It's about if you feel unsafe or threatened. That is what 999 is for."