After the flashback-inducing mannikin and the parish magazine unfunny joke scandal comes the fake newspaper advert insurrection:
“Crawley Girl Gives Birth to Pitbull,” may not have appeared on any Argus A-boards but its appearance outside one newsagents has sparked a row.There's a law against spoof news headlines now?
John O'Sullivan, who owns Candy Box in Carfax, Horsham, decided to add some cheer to the street with a set of spoof headlines for the West Sussex Candy Times.
But he says he has been warned by council officials and police that he will be taken to court unless he stops putting them on display outside his shop.
Well, I suppose that makes sense. After all, the real headlines can give them a run for their money these days...
Mr O'Sullivan, 34, said: “I just wanted to make people laugh because life is so miserable at the moment.When did 'giving offense' become a crime? When did we debate it in Parliament?
“The Crawley Girl Gives Birth to Pitbull bill apparently caused a lot of offence with five complaints but a lot more people have come in and said how much they liked it.
“Another which is said to have caused some offence was 'MPs: What a load of ...' and I blacked out the last word with a box.
“That's when the council came and gave me a warning that they were offensive. It says I have to stop and if I don't I will be prosecuted.”
When did we decide to put this power in the hands of the kind of humourless busybodies that infest councils?
Mr O'Sullivan says he was also paid a visit by a PCSO and a police officer on two separate occasions, each giving their own warning.Because there's nothing better for them to do.
A fact that hasn't escaped the good burghers of Horsham:
Mr O'Sullivan has said customers to his sweet shop have complained to him about the police finding the time to warn him when there are other more pressing issues to deal with in the community.Roll on elected local police chiefs...