If ever I can afford to re-visit ‘old Blighty’ I am going to be *extremely* careful what I do and where I go. For example, one thing I’ll know not to do is walk down the streets.
Of course if you want to go anywhere or see anything this might be a slight problem, but it might help prevent being accosted by yet another bunch of overzealous enforcers of the country’s unbelievably strict laws.
Keith Hirst clearly wasn’t expecting anything unusual to happen as he walked to the chemist to get something for his disabled wife on lunchtime, and yet it took him 18 hours to get back home. He also took home with him the knowledge that he faced a £2,500 fine, a criminal record, and having his DNA stored on police files.
His heinous crime? Some anti-litter official thought he saw him throw an apple core on the road “which nearly hit someone”.
This slight bureaucratic overreaction is reminiscent of a ‘crime’ that cost the British taxpayer thousands some months ago when one Kate Badger was hauled up before the beak because of a similar case. By the way, her case was later dropped.
Sadly it’s becoming more and more apparent that the UK is becoming a Police State where ordinary citizens can’t recycle food scraps or fill their bins without being dragged before the courts.
It’s all quite pathetic really.