A band who had just performed in a Staffordshire pub spent the night at a police station over allegations a firearm had been seen in their van.You’d think that wouldn’t take a night to clear up, would you? How big was this van?
Band manager Kingsley Slater said they were eventually released but had been "totally shocked" by it all.Only ‘shocked’? I’d be furious…
The men were later released and their cars were driven over to the police station so they could drive back and pick up their equipment.Hmm, was it?
"I feel a bit let down," Mr Kingsley said.
"It was a blunder."
Or was it an attempt to harvest a bit more DNA for that database?
Staffordshire police said they had had a call from CCTV operators who saw two vehicles and people acting suspiciously in a car park in High Street, Chasetown.Note the ‘believed’. If they’d believed they’d seen a nuclear bomb, would the Army have been called out?
They also believed they had seen a firearm in one of the vehicles.
Did no one think to check the recordings first, or at least immediately afterward?
"Armed officers were deployed and six men were arrested outside the Oak pub in Burntwood," a spokesman said.Because no firearm was there, you dolt!
"After further investigation and viewing of the CCTV footage, the six men were released without charge.
"No firearm was found."
Insp Dave Challinor said the six men faced no further action but that police had responded "appropriately and proportionately."‘No further action’..? Well, how bloody magnanimous of you!
You can’t take any ‘further action’ because they didn’t do anything wrong.
You could, however, take ‘further action’ against the minimum-pay drones monitoring the CCTV, to prevent six other innocent men having the living daylights frightened out of them and their DNA stored on the database the next time you decide you really haven’t the faintest clue what the words ‘appropriately and proportionally’ actually mean…