Police scrambled eight patrol cars filled with armed officers after a man in his 50s pointed a toy ray-gun at a baby and said 'Pow, Pow'.Oh, for the love of….!
Onlookers in Hove, East Sussex, were astonished when the police cars sped to the scene to apprehend the man.And in this age of institutional tolerance of even the most pointless and time-wasting ‘grievance’, the police duly responded in force, no doubt because you can’t be too careful, and it could well have been a realistic-looking imitation, instead of the ‘toy ray gun’ claimed by the ‘Mail’:
Alison Edmonds, 23, said that she saw the man - who is not believed to be related to the baby and mother - approach the pram holding the toy gun, before jokingly saying 'Pow, pow' while pressing the trigger repeatedly.
The mother of the child then called police, who sent an armed response team to find and arrest the man, who was waiting for a bus less than a few hundred yards away.So, after realising they had been made to look utter fools by a hysterical woman, did they apologise to the man and caution her for wasting police time?
Miss Edwards said: 'It was unbelievable. All he did was try to make the child laugh, but the mum decided to call the police and obviously told them a man with a gun had threatened her and her baby.
'What happened next was truly astonishing. I've never seen anything like it. These eight cars screamed to a halt and surrounded the poor man at the bus stop.
'They were fully kitted out with machine guns, rifles and everything.
'The man didn't know what was happening. All he was trying to do was make the baby crack a smile.'
Police seized the man's toy ray-gun and arrested him on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm in a public place.The local paper has more, with opinions divided between those who think this is a pointless waste of police time, and those who think the police are right to treat ‘imitation firearms’ seriously, and therefore wholly approve of locking up an individual who did no more than behave foolishly in a public street because ‘he might be a nutter’.
They never feel that these laws could, one day, be applied to them, do they…?