A couple who painted their side of a garden fence have been fined £80 for 'criminal damage'.Fined? By a court? Surely even the dimmest magistrate would be hard pushed to…
They were fined after a neighbour complained to the police that it was actually her fence, and flecks of green paint had splashed onto her side - which was brown.Yes, they complained about flecks of pant, and instead of telling them it was a civil matter, or just laughing and putting the phone down, the police actually turned up…!
Officers visited Kay Balsdon, 47, and her 29-year-old partner Chris Bates - and they were threatened with prosecution if they refused to accept the on-the-spot fine./facepalm
Does this count towards a target, or something? Is there a Stray Paint Splash Task Force somewhere?
Mrs Balsdon said: 'When the police turned up at my door I thought it was a prank. I just couldn't believe it - I was expecting Jeremy Beadle to pop out at any moment.'I can quite understand why. Though I suspect even Beadle might find that scenario just that bit too far fetched…
Mr Bates a postman, said: 'I'm amazed that there was such a waste of police time over something so petty. 'Me too. Particularly as this sort of thing is usually something they complain about.
Still, it seems more sensible heads have had a change of opinion:
Hampshire Police said it had decided to refund the fine.Oh, it has ‘decided’, has it? When? When the ‘Mail’ got hold of the story?
A spokesman said: 'The officers gave this a lot of consideration and decided that this was the best way to deal with it. However, we have now reviewed the case and the fine will be rescinded and refunded.'I’m frankly surprised that the officers in the Hampshire force are of such poor quality that this sort of thing takes up ‘a lot of consideration’…