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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12...d-burglary.html

A judge has blasted a waste of taxpayers' money after a couple who picked up items of rubbish from the garden of an abandoned house were thrown into a riot van for attempted burglary.

Public-spirited Richard and Lynne Small, both 38, believed they were helping the environment when they recovered leftover junk from the garden near their home in Hull, East Yorks.

They collected a pair of old boots, a hose-pipe, a plant, half a shoe lace and used tins of paint from the empty property and used a wheelie bin to carry the trash to their home just a few yards down the road.

But they were left stunned and humiliated when they were arrested, handcuffed and bundled into a police van after being confronted by four officers.

After a five-month ordeal ending at the city's Crown Court the couple were finally released without charge.

And the case judge has condemned the decision to pursue the matter as a sickening waste of taxpayers' money.

Bricklayer Richard said: 'We couldn't believe it when they slapped handcuffs us and threw us in a riot van. You'd think we'd robbed a bank the way we've been treated.

'When it finally got to court we were charged with the lesser offence of theft by finding and refusing to take a drugs test. We'd refused the drugs sample because we'd done nothing wrong.

'All we did was pick up a bit of litter, we were doing a public service. We'd just been on a walk and thought we could use some of the stuff. It was an eyesore.

'It's been very distressing. The police should be arresting criminals.'

The Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence when the pair appeared at court and their barrister Paul Genney said: 'This was rough justice. It is a gross matter of overkill.

'One would question the reason for the arrest and as for the request to take a drugs test one can well understand their indignation.'

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These officers should be charged with wasting police time.

Unbelievable will this arrest appear on the stats as a crime solved?

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There would have been less hassle if they pitched a petrol bomb and razed that eyesore to the ground I reckon.

they might even qualify for benefits and a nice holiday

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The CPS are just as much to blame here, how the hell did they see this as being in the public interest to take to court?

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From this morning's Metro

Riot police stormed a 30th birthday party for just 15 people and shut it down, thinking it was a rave because it was advertised on Facebook.

Four police cars, a riot van and a helicopter were involved in the swoop on Andrew Poole's gathering for his family and friends.

He was just about to light the barbecue and had not even turned on the music when the gazebo suddenly started flapping wildly and the sound of chopper blades filled the air.

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?F...p;in_page_id=34

Unbelievable.

Re the story above, I would be consulting my lawyers regarding bringing an action against the police for malicious falsehood/prosecution if I were the tidy-uppers.

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What's this thing about refusing to take a drugs test?

Do the Police have the power to make people have drug tests now?

What century are you living in, boyo?

The rozzars have the power to detain you for 28 days without charge and with no recourse.

It's only going to get worse before it gets better from here on.

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I've always been a supporter of the police and had confidence in them. That support and confidence is gradually being eroded when I read stories like this.

This is the consequence of introducing targets. The police will just go for the soft touches, every time.

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What century are you living in, boyo?

The rozzars have the power to detain you for 28 days without charge and with no recourse.

It's only going to get worse before it gets better from here on.

I'm surprised the Police didn't arrest them for being eco terrorists and just detained them for 28 days for refusing to co-operate.

As I said the officers involved should be disciplined for this, but that won't happen.

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What's this thing about refusing to take a drugs test?

Do the Police have the power to make people have drug tests now?

They have the power to do whatever the hell they like and if they can't find any real evidence

just make it up.

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They have the power to do whatever the hell they like and if they can't find any real evidence

just make it up.

I've always fancied getting abused by a big lady cop in a jail cell. Sadly this hasn't happened yet.

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definately guilty of theft under the theft act.

They pick and chose what "rubbish" they wanted to help clear..

that half shoelace was the deal breaker in my view....rare as rocking horse manue..manew, menewer...shit..have you ever tried buying one?

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:angry: :angry:

These officers should be charged with wasting police time.

Unbelievable will this arrest appear on the stats as a crime solved?

Oh that's nothing, they should be thankful they weren't shot in the head at point blank range 7 times for having a tan or looking a bit foreign... :D

And don't even dare to suggest that the officers invovled should be fired or disciplined: that would be a breach of their human right to a well-paid job that they can't be fired from and a final salary pension.

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I've always been a supporter of the police and had confidence in them. That support and confidence is gradually being eroded when I read stories like this.

This is the consequence of introducing targets. The police will just go for the soft touches, every time.

the CPS were the ones that brought the case, not the police.

their lawyers should have brought this to the attention of the chief constable the moment they saw it, rather than drag the couple through the courts, and this was the second hearing at least as it was passed to the Crown Court.

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the CPS were the ones that brought the case, not the police.

their lawyers should have brought this to the attention of the chief constable the moment they saw it, rather than drag the couple through the courts, and this was the second hearing at least as it was passed to the Crown Court.

The CPS have absolute power to discontinue any case they wish. They do not need to consult the Police.

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The CPS have absolute power to discontinue any case they wish. They do not need to consult the Police.

exactly....frivolous charges by the poilce should be there job to point it out to the Chief Constable, IMPO.

problems with political agendas could creep in with this though.

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What's this thing about refusing to take a drugs test?

Do the Police have the power to make people have drug tests now?

They're a dodgy bunch. A brother of a friend had the cops knock on his door one Sunday morning. They said they were arresting him because he'd left the scene of an accident, apparently some do-gooder had reported his car as hitting a parked car and the driving off as he left a car park the previous day. He swore to the police he hadn't hit a thing and showed them his car, no marks on it whatsoever. However, this didn't stop them hauling him down the police station and subecting him to fingerprinting and a DNA swab :o

Apparently he was so shook up by the whole thing he just complied with their demands. It was only afterwards he realised what happened to him and became concerned.

Basically the cops are trying to build they're national DNA database by nefarious means, BEWARE!!! :ph34r:

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3 O-level thinking.

its a burglary solved, two miscreants apprehended and a shoelace rescued.

targets hit.

you really should look at the big picture.

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They're a dodgy bunch. A brother of a friend had the cops knock on his door one Sunday morning. They said they were arresting him because he'd left the scene of an accident, apparently some do-gooder had reported his car as hitting a parked car and the driving off as he left a car park the previous day. He swore to the police he hadn't hit a thing and showed them his car, no marks on it whatsoever. However, this didn't stop them hauling him down the police station and subecting him to fingerprinting and a DNA swab :o

Apparently he was so shook up by the whole thing he just complied with their demands. It was only afterwards he realised what happened to him and became concerned.

Basically the cops are trying to build they're national DNA database by nefarious means, BEWARE!!! :ph34r:

I trust you missed a bit out...like his drinking.

a car park scrape has nothing whatsoever to do with the police, as you cant have a Road Traffic Accident on one.

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They're a dodgy bunch. A brother of a friend had the cops knock on his door one Sunday morning. They said they were arresting him because he'd left the scene of an accident, apparently some do-gooder had reported his car as hitting a parked car and the driving off as he left a car park the previous day. He swore to the police he hadn't hit a thing and showed them his car, no marks on it whatsoever. However, this didn't stop them hauling him down the police station and subecting him to fingerprinting and a DNA swab :o

Apparently he was so shook up by the whole thing he just complied with their demands. It was only afterwards he realised what happened to him and became concerned.

Basically the cops are trying to build they're national DNA database by nefarious means, BEWARE!!! :ph34r:

Do forces get funding based on things like DNA sample numbers?

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