The three-man tent cost £100 and was donated to vagrant Justin Hicks, 35, by members of We Are Witney.Ahhh, the ‘Big Society’ in action! How noble.
And how ultimately futile…
Mr Hicks had been sleeping in the tent behind the Windrush Leisure Centre, in Witan Way, for a week.*sigh*
The leisure centre contacted police and two PCSOs removed the tent on Tuesday.
The majority of the tent was found by the leisure centre’s bins, but some poles were found in the bin itself.
Thames Valley Police admitted yesterday that clearing material from private property was not a police matter.Well, that’s OK, it wasn’t ‘real’ police that did this, was it?
Inspector Helen Roberts, of Witney police, said: “The police received a call from the Windrush Leisure Centre on Tuesday regarding a tent that had been pitched on their land behind the centre for a week and the rubbish accumulating around it.It wasn’t just ‘dismantled’, according to Mr Hicks; it was broken, and his Bible and medication were missing. If it had been a Koran, would it have similarly gone missing, I wonder?
“There were no personal belongings or occupier with the tent and enquiries to find an owner proved negative so it was dismantled and placed at the location for the owner to collect later.”
Police spokesman Adam Fisher said: “In hindsight this does not really appear to be a police issue.”No, indeed. So, what compensation will you be paying the people who bought the tent for Mr Hicks, and what action will you be taking to discipline your fakeofficers?