A blind man who complained to police about cars parking on a pavement was arrested when he threatened to let down the vehicles' tyres.Bloody hell!
Mr Duckfield, who became blind in December 1999, claimed police were not doing enough to tackle motorists parking illegally on pavements near his home.He wrote to his MP? He actually went and damaged the cars? He went berserk, climbed a water tower and started shooting?
He said he had repeatedly complained to officers about cars blocking his path when he went out of his house, forcing him and his guide dog to walk on a main road. Last week, after phoning officers and feeling he was getting no help, he went a step further.
Well, hardly the latter, this wasn't Texas...
He said: "I said all right, if you're not going to do anything I'll do something myself, I'll let the tyres down and I'll write 'no parking' on the windscreen.Oh, they had a policeman within 50 yards of his house, did they? Was he on his way to ticket the cars, perhaps?
"I went to the door [and] locked the door. By the time I got 50 yards down my street there was a policeman running towards me.
"He told me he was going to arrest me because I had threatened to let tyres down and threatened to write on windscreens."
Or was he on his way to have a word with some nuisance who kept phoning the police station, when suddenly all his dreams came true, and the suspect left his own house in a suspicious manner..?
Mr Duckfield said he was taken to a police station and held in a cell before being cautioned. (Ed: There was his mistake - he should have told them to shove it, and taken his chances with a magistrate...)And in case you thought he was making too much of a fuss about this:
He said: "I thought it was absolutely disgusting. I came back here and I sat down and I almost cried but I thought, no, the temper took over me."
Mr Duckfield said the arrest meant he would no longer be asked to visit schools with his guide dog.Nice...
Dyfed-Powys Police said the force had held a crackdown on illegal parking in Narberth last month. (Ed: Obviously didn't work, did it?)How? By walking down his front path?
A spokesperson added: "It is unfortunate Mr Duckfield decided to take matters into his own hands on this occasion."
He didn't actually damage anything, did he?
Welcome to Labour's Britain. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime - meaning the people who complain about crime...