I have to say that were this story to have appeared only in the tabloid press, then I would have dismissed it as nonsense; it is something that quite frankly should be unbelievable, given that we live in a country that is meant to be a democracy. However, it has also appeared in the broadsheets, therefore I will work on the assumption that it is true.
Thomas Catcheside, a 67 year old who lives in Cambridge, received a Gestapo style dawn raid at his home at 5.35AM from the police.
He was frog marched to his bedroom, where his wife was still sleeping, and ordered to get changed before being driven away in a cage in a police van.
Mr Catcheside was then held in a windowless cell for six hours, had his fingerprints and a DNA swab taken, before being issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice and released.
What was his crime?
He had sworn at a council official six days earlier.
Yes, you did read that correctly!
The swearing incident had been the culmination of a 3 year dispute with the council, he is the chairman of the local residents group, over slippery stairs in his council block.
Mr Catcheside has been campaigning for safety improvements to the internal flight of stairs. However, when a council official visiting the site stopped him from following him downstairs to listen to a phone call to his supervisor on October 30, he lost his temper and swore.
The Telegraph quotes him:
"Don't you tell me what I can and can't do in my own fucking place."
He was arrested 6 days later on suspicion of "causing harassment, alarm or distress in a public place".
The experience so shocked Mr Catcheside that he had a panic attack in police custody, and had to be seen by a police doctor.
Cambridgeshire police claim that they had been following "national policy".
Is it now national policy to barge into people's homes at 5:30AM, and arrest them for not kowtowing to their local councils?
Seemingly it is!
The police will have us believe that they were "responding to reports of an assault, which is a serious offence."
Since when was swearing an assault?
Why arrest a man for swearing, when a simple word in his ear might have resolved the issue?
Why did the council report this trivial issue?
Oh, and here's the killer point, the police then went on to say:
"There was not enough evidence to suggest he had committed an assault but he admitted to being abusive and was issued with a fine and words of advice about his behaviour."
NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE!
Why did the police arrest him in the first place, if there was not enough evidence?
Who are the police working for these days, the people or the politicians?
It seems to me that Mr Catcheside should sue the police for wrongful arrest, and make sure that the council and local political party that "runs" the council suffers extreme humiliation and long term political defeat.
The police, by the way, also added:
"National policy states anyone arrested will have a sample of their DNA taken."
BTW, you may be wondering why the Gestapo (sorry, "police") raided his home at 5:30AM. Seemingly it was the only "convenient time".
Well, that's alright then!
A bare faced lie if ever I have heard one, they simply could have chosen another day when their officers were not busy hunting down murderers, robbers, muggers etc.
Do you all recall, my loyal readers, that the Telegraph recently said that I had "lost all sense of proportion" when I used the word ZaNuLabour?
Tell me, now that we have dawn Gestapo raids at the behest of our "respected" local councils, have I really "lost all sense of proportion"?
OK, to be fair, Cambridge is in fact a Liberal Democrat council (it is hardly "liberal" or "democratic" employing Gestapo tactics like this!).
Councils and police should not be colluding to arrest people, they most certainly should not be practising Gestapo tactics.
Here is the council's email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The state has become the enemy of the people, politicians and their organs of state should be ignored and resisted at every opportunity.
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