Monday, August 09, 2010


Here is a story of a heavy-handed painter being dealt with by a heavy-handed policeman.
If this allegation had gone before a bench the prosecution would have had to prove it, so that the court could be sure that the damage was either reckless or deliberate. The CPS would not have let it through, I suspect. Instead the clumsy painter was pressured into accepting a ticket; I hope that the senior officer who took the decision to rescind it spent a few minutes giving advice to his PC as to the elements of the offence of criminal damage.

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