Tuesday, December 02, 2008
The Police State We Live In
Those of you who are dismissing the arrest by 9 counter terrorism officers of Damian Green and the strip searching of Sally Murrer by Thames Valley police as being aberrations in the use of the police by the state, and not of relevance to ordinary people carrying on their ordinary everyday activities, should consider what happened to Brett Duxfield.
Mr Duxfield organised that Bonfire Night celebrations on the village green at Elwick, this went off as it usually does without a hitch.
However, two days later Nanny's police came a calling at Mr Duxfield's home, after a complaint by someone on the Parish Council (name unknown - doubtless a very "pleasant" individual) that a 130 year old bylaw banning fires on the green had been broken. Mr Duxfield was taken by polcie from his home at 8am, and had his DNA and fingerprints taken.
Couldn't such an absurd alleged offence been dealt with in a more sensible manner?
By the way, guess how many officers turned up on Bonfire night to observe the proceedings?
More than the Nine used to arrest Damian Green?
According to Mr Duxfield, fourteen officers arrived at the green in uniform and protective clothing. Seemingly they were there for people's "safety".
Two days later three officers arrested him ,and he was held in police custard until 6.15PM that day.
Mr Duxfield has now appeared before Hartlepool magistrates, and was granted bail after the case was adjourned.
Errmmm...am I alone in thinking that all of this is somewhat over the top?
PS, you will be pleased to know the the villagers have extracted some form of vengeance on the Parish Council. A public meeting was held and two councillors have been forced to resign.
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