Bailiffs arrived at Michael Hilton’s home in Meadoway, Church, at around 9.20am yesterday. They reported him to police after they heard him say that if they entered the property - his home of 30 years - there would be an ‘explosion’.
The police said they believed petrol and gas canisters were in the house. Mr Hilton, 52, was last night in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of affray following a stand-off lasting around three and a half hours.
Two fire engines were called to the scene, close to St Christopher’s High School, as well as around six police cars, two police vans, a riot van and later, police dog teams.*sigh* The usual police overreaction.
Mind you, I’m not too concerned about the residents this time. Their attitude leaves a lot to be desired…
Johnny, who lives with his father, said: “I knew something like this was going to happen. He has been hounded to pay bedroom tax since September last year.
“My dad has four children altogether and, sometimes, they stay here with him.
“In the eyes of the council, he has a spare room but, from his point of view, that’s a bedroom for his kids.
“I have even tried to speak to the council myself and try to sort it out. I called them last week and told them that my dad has mental health problems. He thinks he’s being persecuted.”Well, he’s not.
And it doesn’t matter what his ‘point of view’ is, does it? The fact remains ordinary taxpayers are fed up shelling out for people to have a better lifestyle on benefits than they do while working!
Johnny added: “He has been driven to this and I think that he feels like he is making a stand for everyone that has been faced with the unfair bedroom tax. I am very worried about him.”He hasn’t been ‘driven to this’, unless of course someone held him at gunpoint and forced him to father children he couldn’t support in a house he couldn’t afford…
Another neighbour, a resident of nearby Queensway who knows Mr Hilton, said: “All of this because of that stupid bedroom tax.”
A crowd gathered at the police line and many of the onlookers seemed to show sympathy towards Mr Hilton.
One said: “It’s the government, this. They are putting these taxes on vulnerable and poor people and look what happens.”What a pity all the fed-up taxpayers don’t start having screaming tantrums & holding police at bay. I guess we just have to keep paying and paying and paying…