Oo'er missus...tis time for another "Prats of The Week" Award.
This week it goes to Horsham District Council, and Sussex police.
Well it seems that John O'Sullivan, a sweet shop owner, has upset said local council and police by putting up joke newspaper billboards.
Mr O'Sullivan, who owns the Candy Box in Horsham, was visited by police after the council complained about that the billboards were offensive.
Here are some examples of the "offensive" headlines:
- "Crawley Girl Gives Birth To Pitbull"
- "Local Youths Abduct UFO"
Nothing wrong there eh?
However, when Mr O'Sullivan displayed a headline criticising the expenses scandal ("MPs: What a load of....") local council officers visited his shop and threatened to take him to court unless he removed the posters.
A police officer then visited to say he could be arrested, and be saddled with a criminal record.
Mr O'Sullivan was also given a written notice threatening prosecution under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, which legislates against anyone causing alarm, distress of offence to the public.
Horsham District Council said:
"We can confirm that the council has received recent complaints about what has been written on the A-board outside the shop.
As a message posted there was considered to be potentially offensive, a street scene officer from the council asked for its removal."
What, by the way, is a "street scene officer"?
Is this a real policeman, or one of the plastic ones?
Anyhoo, here's why this is bollocks (oops maybe they will come for me now!), it was only one poster which has been superseded by others. The "offence", if indeed anyone really was offended, has long since past into the dustbin of history.
To threaten Mr O'Sullivan with arrest is OTT, and an absurd waste of police resources.
Horsham District Council and Sussex police, well deserving "Prats of the Week".
BTW, Horsham is of course a Tory council.
Here's David Cameron's email to tell him what you think: email@example.com
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