Would you please be so kind as to explain the words, phrases and expressions that I’ve put in bold? As always, thank you very much for your kind help.
Bobby on the beat? A sure-fire way to see crime double, idyllic village finds
This is the place where the crime rate almost doubled last year - in spite of an experiment to pay the local police force to return a bobby to the beat.
It seems an unlikely place to have holed below the water all those political shibboleths about how Britain would return to some Dixon of Dock Green idyll if only we could get more policemen out on patrol.
Thanks again for the help.