Armed police stormed a quiet rural village after a passerby mistook a pensioner's speed gun for a real weapon.This one does at least look a little bit like a gun, despite being bright orange.
He claims Dorset Police have been aware of his campaign for some time and have asked him to stop before, although he is legally allowed to do it.Well, why not? It seems to be OK for schoolkids, after all.
'They asked if I had been out with my speed gun that day and then started lecturing me.
There were about four policemen in each car and they were all carrying these big guns. It was very intimidating
'They radioed the helicopter to say "we don’t need you" and then moaned about the cost of them all coming out.
'I said the cost was nothing to do with me and that I hadn’t called them out.'Police do get a bit irked about wasting police time sometimes. Odd, since they waste so much of it themselves.
In the months prior to this incident PCSOs had asked Mr Wallis to stop what he was doing over fears he could cause an accident.Funny. They don't seem to worry about that when they want to run an approved campaign.
Police have also told him he needs to phone them to tell them when he's going out and that he must wear a high visibility jacket.Clearly, these have some sort of mystical power.
Mr Wallis maintains he is acting within the law and said he would not waste money on phone calls or risk being accused of masquerading as a policeman.No chance of that, Mr Wallis. You're actually out there, on the streets, doing something.