We have come to a pretty poor state of affairs when Nanny starts using the mental health laws to arrest people for doing things she doesn't approve of.
Isn't that what they used to do in Soviet Russia?
Think I am exaggerating?
Well, the other day Mark Davies was taking a casual swim in the river Severn, near Sabrina Bridge Worcester, as one does! Then, before you can say:
"Right mate you're farking nicked!"
Seemingly some passers by assumed he was in difficulties, and they alerted the rescue services.
A total of 25 firefighters, three fire engines and two rescue boats were involved in trying to rescue him, while about 200 people watched.
He eventually came out of the water at Cathedral Steps, and was propmtly arrested under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.
"I was examined by a doctor
who said there was nothing wrong with me
and I was let out after two hours at the police station.
There is no law that says you cannot swim in the river.
The river Severn is a lovely river.
I generally have a little dip around the
Cathedral and Diglis.
For me a swim down the river is not a problem.
I have swum in rivers across Europe."
Whilist it may have been more sensible for Mr D to warn the authorities that he was going to take a dip, and whilst swimming in the Severn may not be advisable for all and sundry.
Why did Nanny use the mental health act to arrest him?
Why not simply arrest him, if that was her desire, for wasting police time?
I cannot say that using mental health laws to arrest people for doing "eccentric" things, that Nanny disapproves of, exactly fills me with confidence.
Suffice to say, Mr D will be telling the "authorities" before he takes his next dip!