Ooh err missus, it has been a wee while since I have awarded my prestigious and internationally renowned Prats of The Week Award.
Time therefore to get awarding!
This week it goes to Warwickshire Police.
Well my old muckers, they recently had an "initiative" to bring in some extra manpower to help them run speed traps.
Who did they bring in?
Why, Boy Scouts of course!
Yes, you did read that correctly, the police used the services of 1st Shipston Scout pack (aged 10-14) to help them catch speeding motorists.
The Scouts spent a day in January using a laser speed gun with three police officers and three police community support officers, on duty at the traps at Shipston-on-Stour Warwickshire.
The 24 motorists caught by the Scouts were offered the choice of accepting a verbal and written warning about their actions, both delivered by the Scouts, or the standard punishment of a £60 fixed penalty and three points on their licence.
Is it me, or is there something decidedly creepy and unpleasant about granting a child the right to admonish an adult in this manner (shades of 1984 and "thought crime" accusations leveled by children against their parents spring to mind)?
The most "amusing" part of this whole scheme was the response by a spokesman for Warwickshire Police to media enquiries.
For reasons that only Nanny can explain, the key issue as viewed from the perspective of the police seems to be the fact that those who took part wore "high viz" jackets (over to you on that one Tonk:)).
The spokesman said that all those involved wore high-visibility jackets, and the speed checks took place on roads offering 'clear visibility' to drivers and those taking part.
So that's OK then!
Well, I suppose as the Scouts already have their own uniforms it is (in Nanny's eyes at least) just one simple step to drafting them into the police.
Warwickshire Police, well deserving Prats of The Week!
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