Michael Thompson was pulled over by officers in Grimsby, north-east Lincolnshire, in July after flashing at several oncoming cars to warn them about the speed gun.
Thompson, of St Augustine Avenue, Grimsby, was charged with wilfully obstructing a police officer in the course of her duties and found guilty when he appeared at Grimsby Magistrates' Court last week.
He was fined £175 and ordered to pay £250 costs and a £15 victim surcharge after the half-day hearing.So much for it all being a matter of road safety and 'educating drivers to slow down', eh? And since no less a law blogger than David Allen Green (Jack of Kent himself) considers it a joke, it really must be an own goal.
So they clearly decided to go for broke and piss off the media too:
ITV News was today banned from a press conference by Avon & Somerset police after broadcasting a critical report on the force's investigation into the murder of Joanna Yeates.Not that the 'Guardian' aren't speculating on the reason:
The broadcaster's reporters were told they would not be allowed into today's briefing on the murder of the landscape architect in Bristol last month, but were given no further detail about why.
Last night's News at Ten ran a report critical of the force's investigation into the 25-year-old's murder, claiming that police were no closer to finding her killer 10 days after her body was found.Getting the media's backs up isn't really a good idea, is it? Remember the last time the police got into a fight with the media? Something to do with mosques and being undercover, I seem to recall... ;)
Reporter Geraint Vincent questioned whether the Avon & Somerset constabulary's inquiries had followed procedure. A former murder squad detective, interviewed for the programme, claimed that the police were failing to conduct "certain routine inquiries", such as painstakingly sweeping the murder scene for fresh evidence.
At this stage, is there going to be anyone in the UK at the end of 2011 that isn't thoroughly cheesed off with the performance of the police?
Update: A welcome return to blogging for Mr E!