'It was a bit over the top, to say the least.’Yes. Yes, it clearly was...
Picture the scene:
Good neighbour Patricia Cook was only too happy to look after her friend’s house and garden while she was away on holiday.A more charming scene you could hardly wish for. And yet...
The 67-year-old and her daughter Louise dutifully visited to water the plants and pick up windfall apples.
Less than ten minutes later two police cars with flashing lights raced up, and three officers climbed the garden fence.Ah. If only that fence had been 15ft instead of 7ft, she'd have been quite undisturbed in her nefarious garden-watering caper...
Mrs Cook said: ‘I had the watering can and Louise had picked up about four apples, when this voice from the other side of the fence asked us what we were up to.
‘I asked, “What do you mean?” At this point, I wasn’t sure who it was. Next minute these police officers were scaling the fence with Taser guns, the whole lot.’
‘I showed them the letter my friend gave me to explain what we were doing there.Because you might think you were free to go water your neighbour's garden any time you pleased, Mrs Cook!
‘But they still insisted on taking down all our personal details – our names, dates of birth and addresses. I was very angry. Why should I be on their records when I’ve done nothing wrong?’
What, do you think you live in a free country, or something? Nein! Papiere, bitte!Mrs Cook being of the generation that would probably have had a laugh and a joke with the police (and left it at that) if they'd only had the nous to apologise and act sheepish, I guess police PR training drops the ball. Again.
Mrs Cook has now sent a strong letter of complaint to Hertfordshire Police.
She said: ‘It’s such a waste of time and public money – the taxpayers are paying for this.
I didn’t even get a “sorry”.
And the 'Mail' has more anti-police stories. Again.
The good Inspector keeps telling us we 'get the policing we deserve'. So, I think it's only fitting the police get the press they deserve, eh?