I have to say that even my cynical, cold calculating mind was somewhat gobsmacked when I read this story.
It shows just how paranoid the Nanny state has become, and the dangers that we now all face from our own government.
Darren Nixon, a 28 year old mechanic from Stoke on Trent, was listening to his MP3 player whilst waiting for a bus.
Nanny has so managed to instill a sense of fear and panic in some of our fellow citizens that a somewhat hysterical female passer-by saw what she thought was a gun, it was of course the MP3 player.
She called the police, who duly tracked Mr Nixon using CCTV. When he got off the bus home from work he was surrounded by a firearms unit, who bundled him into a van.
He was then put in a cell and his fingerprints, DNA and mugshots were taken before he was released.
I would venture to suggest that no more than 30 seconds after arresting him should police have worked out that the "gun" was in fact an MP3 player.
Therefore why did they insist on taking his photo and DNA details?
It should be noted that Mr Nixon's DNA, picture and prints will be forever held on Nanny's nasty little database; leaving him with a "criminal" record.
Nanny's police will also keep on record that he was arrested on suspicion of a firearms offence.
How is that right?
Mr Nixon said:
"It was unreal – I had a completely clean record before this and have always been a law-abiding citizen.
As I got closer, I could see that two of the cops had guns. My heart was racing a mile a minute. One of them was hiding behind a car door, looking down his sight at me, and the other was shouting orders and pointing a gun at me.
I turned the music off and they were telling me to put my hands up in the air."
A spokesman for Nanny said:
"An operation was put in place and a man matching the description was detained."
No hint of an apology, or explanation as to why Nanny will keep his DNA etc on her database.
Yes, the police were right to check out the 999 call. However, as already noted, within 30 seconds of arresting Mr Nixon they could verify he was not in possession of a weapon.
Why did they proceed with taking his prints, photo and DNA?
Something is very seriously wrong in Britain now.
The state should be afraid of the people, not the people afraid of the state!