An innocent couple were dramatically arrested by armed police who thought they were about to hold up a bank with a gun.The ‘gun’..? Turned out to be a wheelbrace that some passer-by took to be a gun and phoned police, who followed them for a while before stopping them outside a bank, presumably believing they were about to rob it.
Another witness, Robert West, said: “I’d just pulled on to Ness Road and was following the Peugeot south towards Campfield Road when two police cars, with just their lights flashing, hurtled past.Well, there’s another two innocents on the DNA database for no good reason at all, eh? Job well done, officers! Keep it up, there’s lots more people in the country to go.
“The Peugeot pulled across the road, into a kerbside parking bay, and the police jumped out of their cars, guns in hand.”
A shop owner, who asked not to be named, said: “The first I knew about it was when I heard lots of screaming and shouting.
“There were at least two police cars and three or four armed officers, pointing their guns.”
The couple were led away, questioned and released without charge within half-an-hour of the incident.Now, the newspaper may be paraphrasing for space, but note the complete lack of any apology there. Or embarrassment, for that matter.
Essex Police spokeswoman Helen Cook said: “A member of the public reported seeing a firearm.
“We sent the armed response unit there and a couple were stopped and questioned.
“There was no firearm. It turned out they had a wheelbrace with them.”
Oh, well, I guess they’ve failed to live up to their values on this one, particularly the one that states ‘ safeguard the rights of all citizens, especially their fundamental human rights’.