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Monday, November 15, 2010

Waste of Time


It never ceases to amaze me how Nanny has managed to strip the British people of their commonsense, and how Nanny's employees engage themselves on "fools' errands" trying to impose absurd rules and regulations on the public for the most trifling of issues.

Stephen West, from Bridlington, found this to his cost when in August he pruned a honeysuckle overhanging from next door and threw away the cuttings.

Mr West's neighbour informed the police about the "theft" of the cuttings. As if by magic a Police Community Support Officer came to question Mr West in September.

He was told it was perfectly legal to cut the plant on his side of the boundary wall. However, he had broken the law by disposing of them instead of returning them to the owner.

Yes, you did read that correctly!

The PCSO then informed Mr West that he faced prosecution unless he accepted a caution. Mr West was also required to give fingerprints, and now has a criminal record.

It does seem that there is something of a long running dispute between Mr West and his neighbour over a number of issues. However, using the law to "get him" for this particular issue makes the law look a complete ass!

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  1. I must admit that I knew about returning pruned cuttings to their owner.
    The real shift in the mentality of the British public, is that we have become a nation of grasses and petty minded people that will turn to the law over the slightest thing. As a youngster, it was seen as wrong to tell tales ot to grass; today, it is almost mandatory.

    I would not have accepted a caution, and definately not from a plastic copper; I think it is still worth taking ones day in court....I would hope that the judges would take the commonsense decision and ignore the technicalities. I would also hope that the CPS would say that it was not in the public's interest to pursue such a petty case through the courts but, hey ho, this is Nanny's Britain, so we have no commonsense today. I suspect that had he put the cuttings back over the fence, then he would have been prosecuted for fly tipping or some other waste crime.

    I suppose Plod only wanted finger prints and DNA for their database plus, the Brucie bonus of being able to tick a box saying crime solved......What a silly world we live in.....Still, the only thing that keeps me going is knowing that Life is not fotever.

  2. Toy Trumpet11:33 AM

    Ken and Tonk, both spot on.

    No way would I have accepted a caution without my day in court...

  3. Lord of Atlantis3:32 PM

    Nor me! A pity the police cannot be so meticulous in attending and solving real crimes! These plastic policemen, with a few honourable exceptions are a complete waste of space. Was it not one of these who refused to go to the aid of a drowning child on elf'n'safety grounds, as they had not received the appropriate training?

  4. Anonymous4:55 PM

    If this had been the same policemen who didn't kill Ian Tomlinson or be anywhere near where he died or give any orders to do anything that day then they wouldn't "know noffin' about trees an' prunin'"