A young woman told yesterday how she risked her life to stop a street robbery – while two police officers sat in their patrol car a few yards away.I can't wait to see the excuses offered for this....
Marie Wastlund, 27, was walking home from a night out when she saw three hooded thugs throttling and kicking a woman in view of the police vehicle.
The student waved and shouted to get the attention of the officers – parked only 25 yards away – but they did nothing.
So she waded in herself and pulled the thugs away from their victim by their hoods – at which point they fled. Astonishingly, she then had to dial 999 to summon police help and sat cradling the distraught victim in her arms for ten minutes.Well, Marie, here's what you do next time this happens - tell them they're about to be clamped:
At one point the two officers got out of their car but, apparently not noticing what was going on, they got back in again.
The officers were sitting in their unmarked cars in private residents’ spaces at the Gunwharf Quays marina retail complex.And so they were clamped. And why not? Aren't they subject to the same laws as everyone else?
They didn't think so. They arrested the clamper.
A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘Mr Andrews clamped two unmarked police vehicles preventing the officers, who were at Gunwharf as part of a security operation, from conducting their duties. The officers had not left the vehicles at the time they were clamped.’The boss of the clamping firm disputes this:
Andrews, who works for Shoal Enforcement, will appear at South and South East Hampshire Magistrates’ Court in Portsmouth next Friday.
Mike Eames, managing director of the parking enforcement company, denied the officers were in the cars when they were clamped.
‘A member of our staff immobilised two cars parked in private residents’ bays,’ he said. ‘A plainclothes police officer produced his warrant card and requested that both vehicles be released.
‘Our member of staff confirmed he would release the vehicles if the officer would provide confirmation that he was on duty. The officer declined and arrested our member of staff.
‘At no time did the police officer identify himself as a royal protection officer or make any mention of the Queen’s visit.
‘There were no officers in the vehicles during the incident and our member of staff was correctly displaying his licence.’I think this'll be the only time the public are likely to be cheering on a clamping firm in a court case!