A Hampshire councillor who waded in while police were trying to arrest a suspect ended up being arrested himself.Oooh, too enthusiastic? Did he assult the suspect?
Two officers were carrying out a drugs search on a suspect and had him pinned to the ground when they were approached by Councillor Ian Tait, pictured.Wha..?
Magistrates heard how Tait, a Winchester city councillor, repeatedly questioned what the officers were doing, even protesting the man’s innocence.
Sharon Douglass, prosecuting at Andover Magistrates Court, said the 49-year-old Conservative representative for St Michael ward, had approached PC David Brown and PC Cassandra Hakin, in Winchester High Street, at 1.50am on May 18.Truly, these are not your father’s Conservatives!
They had arrested a suspect for a breach of bail who was on the floor as police conducted a drug search, the court was told.
She said Tait asked “what are you doing, it’s Monday night? What are you doing? He’s innocent” and came close to PC Hakin, making her feel uncomfortable.
Despite being told to move away by PC Brown he kept saying “what’s he done?” and the officer then had to stop the search to deal with Tait telling him to leave the area, but he then accused the officer of assaulting him and again of victimisation, the court heard.
Tait, who mitigated for himself, said he had been drinking having had four beers and three whiskeys, but did not believe in his mind that he was drunk.Oh, well, that’s alright then; I presume, in his mind, he also didn’t believe he was being an interfering, argumentative little arse?
“I’m a challenging person, I spend a lot of my time involved in community activities both in constructive intercourse with the police and on other occasions challenging the police,” he said.Oh. Wrong again. Clearly, he’s all that and more, and he knows it!
The court heard that he had pleaded guilty to the alternative charge immediately and was of previous good character.Who the hell votes for ‘Conservatives’ like these?
Magistrates ordered Tait to pay a fine of £175.
After the case he said he would continue to challenge the conduct of police: “I think in my role as an elected councillor I’m there to challenge what was happening, what the police do, and I felt I was challenging them on that evening.
“I will challenge the police in all circumstances.”