Wednesday, 24 March 2010

If Dogging Is The Purview Of Rampant Exhibitionists...

..then isn't cutting down the trees so passing motorists can see them just going to encourage them?
Sergeant Mark Wilson, of Lancashire Police's Darwen Neighbourhood team, explained: 'It's an on-going problem and very worrying for members of the public.

'It's far too early to tell if cutting the trees back has had any impact on the dogging situation, but we'll be paying regular attention to the area.'
I suppose it's too much to expect you to do that before they chop all the trees down? Or are your officers allergic to pine needles?


Brian, follower of Deornoth said...

Interesting way people have with trees. I worked at a defence electronics establishment that had better remain nameless; it was robbed on several occasions, and after each robbery some of the trees on site were cut down.

Nobody knows why; the herbaceous borders suffered too.

Mick Turatian said...

Leave the poor trees alone.

The peepers should go and work for BAA but just remember to be discreet about their motivation.

Ironically, the "victim" in this tale may have done us all a favour.

Dick Puddlecote said...

I can't understand the mentality here. They chopped down the trees because they, personally, didn't like what they heard was going on in them?

Good grief.

Antisthenes said...

Anyone know where they can get their hands on a body scanner? I can set one up in the High street and tell all the passing ladies that there has been a terrorist alert in the area and they are obliged to pass through it.

Well they cut down all the bloody trees where I live.

Chuckles said...

'Keep it zipped or the tree gets it!'

Interesting world view, but possible that in the 'something must be done' axis, that hacking up a good proportion of the local flora is ''close to hand and 'accessible' and 'relevant' and all the other good stuff. But will no-one think of the CO2?

I'd also remind the councillor that 'anecdotal' means 'based on personal experience'

John Pickworth said...

Hold on, this sort of activity isn't illegal. While it 'may' technically fall foul of common law and/or the Sexual Offences Act its unlikely a participant would make a complaint to the police. By definition therefore, it is none of the authorities business.

The other possibility is that an innocent member of the public might accidentally witness an activity which causes their taste and decency to become outraged. Seems to me that removing the trees makes that possibility much more likely... perhaps the Constabulary/Council could relay the goings-ons to a Jumbo Screen in the market square too? After all, isn't this what they're trying to achieve?

Loved this quote from the local councillor Jean Rigby: "I've heard anecdotally that since the trees have been cleared, it's quietened down a lot." Mmmmm 'heard anecdotally', is that what they're calling hi-powered Night Vision Binoculars these days then?


P.T. Barnum said...

Er, message to any councils watching: dogging is by its nature mobile and doggers are very astute at networking about viable locations (don't ask, ok?). Unless they intend to deforest the entire nation (hardly green), they will move somewhere else.

wv = unshat (wot!? how?)

blueknight said...

so if I see a man waving his chopper in the woods, I shouldn't worry?

JuliaM said...

"I'd also remind the councillor that 'anecdotal' means 'based on personal experience'"

Bless her, she's clearly no Einstein...

"so if I see a man waving his chopper in the woods, I shouldn't worry?"