Barry George, 48 – who was acquitted just three weeks ago of killing the BBC Crimewatch presenter – was approached by two officers in a patrol car near his home in North London.
The male and female officers used stop-and-search powers after Mr George was seen ‘hanging around’ parked cars carrying a holdall.
He was searched by the male PC, who found nothing suspicious, and was allowed to leave when the officers were called away to a traffic accident.
That'll probably sound familiar to a certain junkie singer
Mr George claims the two officers said they were going to search him because he looked at them in a ‘funny way’.
He has told a friend the WPC behaved aggressively towards him and told him he was going to be searched by her male colleague.
And he says the officers failed to issue him with a written explanation of why he was stopped, as required by police regulations.
Are we remotely surprised buy this? I think not.
I'd like to be surprised by it....but sadly, no.
Barry had better get used to this, it's going to happen a lot. The police were, after all, "disappointed" that he was found not guilty at his re-trial and, as far as I'm aware no apology - no matter how insincere - has been given to Barry by the Met. In any event I think we can all be confident that London's finest will get him for something any time soon - even if it's only "walking along a public highway while in possession of an odd facial expression contrary to section 103 of the act I just invented".
"...even if it's only "walking along a public highway while in possession of an odd facial expression contrary to section 103 of the act I just invented"."
Over on another discussion of this sort of thing (can't remember which blog) someone - rob farringdon? - felt this sketch was appropriate.
I remember it well from its first run... :)
I notice that one of the citations mentioned (about 1 minute in) by the inspector to PC Savage was "looking at me in a funny way": proof, were it needed, that nature does indeed imitate art.
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