Congratulations to Nanny's state police force, for once again demonstrating how effectively (I am sorry, I meant to say "ineffectively") they prioritise their work.
Derbyshire police, who I believe we have featured on this site before, have clearly solved all their mainstream criminal investigations (eg assault, muggings and robbery); as they have found the time and resources to arrest a grandmother, for stealing a £60 football which landed in her back garden.
Angela Hickling, 56, from Heanor, was arrested on suspicion of theft over the lost ball.
It seems that her neighbour Christopher Salisbury reported her to the police, when he claimed that his sons had kicked the ball into her garden and she refused to return it.
Mrs Hickling told the BBC police arrived at her home in August, and she told officers she had looked for the ball but could not find it.
The police then took time to search her home!
Can you believe this?????
It's a football for fark's sake!!!!
She was then taken into custody, where she underwent a 15 minute interview and had her fingerprints and DNA sample taken.
I assume that Derbyshire has no other crime whatsoever then????
Needless to say, the Crown Prosecution Service has said it is not pursuing the case.
Derbyshire Police said that the complaint, by Mrs Hickling and her husband John, was being investigated and until that inquiry had been completed they would not comment further.
Well done lads.