A man was detained as a terrorist suspect for taking a photo of a police car being driven erratically across a public park.Another spectacular own goal by the police?
Malcolm Sleath, who is chairman of his local park society, was stopped by two officers and told he had breached Section 44 of the Terrorism Act.The police acting as bully boys again?
The law was amended in February to allow police to stop and search anyone they consider is a terrorist threat.
…Mr Sleath, acting chairman of the Friends of Town Park in Enfield, North London, was furious because police are not allowed to drive in that area of park.Oh, oh, looks like we’ve got these police bang to ri…
The 62-year-old management consultant said: 'It was coming a public footpath and leaving tyre marks everywhere and making people move out of the way.
'They are supposed to park and investigate things on foot, so I wanted to show the picture to the sergeant.
'(The officer) was clearly embarrassed to be photographed where he shouldn't have been and wanted to intimidate me.'
The two PCSOs had been dispatched to the park to look for evidence of drug use in the surrounding bushes.So, not real police after all.
Yet, they are driving a police car while engaged in police work, detaining ‘suspects’ without cause to try to deflect criticism of their own actions, and proving themselves ignorant of the law.
Does it not occur to the people in charge that their actions therefore reflect badly on the police themselves? Or, is that the point?
But their bosses issued an immediate apology to Mr Sleath after the incident and admitted the pair should have been on foot.He’s proven to be utterly incompetent at his job, unable to follow instructions and inclined to be an abusive bullyboy when (rightly) challenged by the people that pay his wages.
The PCSO concerned has also received 'formal words of advice', a police spokesman said.
Why does he still have a job…?