fined £80 for giving a speed camera the finger

#1
They really, really have nothing better to do!!! :roll: :?


A man has been fined £80 for giving a speed camera the finger.

Simon Thompson, 41, gave the middle finger when he spotted the mobile camera as he drove home from work within the speed limit.

Half an hour later two policemen who had been operating the device knocked on his door - and handed him a fixed penalty notice for making offensive gestures under the Public Order Act.

Simon from Colchester, Essex, said: "I accept what I did was foolish and it wasn't my finest hour. But this shows the police have got their priorities completely wrong.

"I wasn't giving the officers the finger, I was aiming my anger at the camera. I've got as much contempt for speed cameras as everyone else. I'm a careful driver. My licence has been clean for ten years."

Essex Police said: "The man received the fine because he was seen to gesture several times to officers operating a mobile speed camera in an obscene and offensive way."
 
#2
:D :D Sounds as though the Esses police seem to have too much time on their hands.

Sort out existing crime boys, then get on with some easy nicking. Play the game.

Tw@ts!!!
 
#4
Remember, accepting a fixed penalty ticket is deemed acceptance of the offence,so don't sign and then get them to take you to court,if they dare.
 
#5
"Remember, accepting a fixed penalty ticket is deemed acceptance of the offence,so don't sign and then get them to take you to court,if they dare. "

Interestingly the North Wales police carried out an under-age drinking sting recently and out of 71 pubs 68 of them served a girl who was underage (although the licensees claimed she looked at least 20...)

The police slapped the FPN (£80 fine) on the staff who had served her, and the licensees...... and then asked to take the fingerprints of the staff who had been fined........... in case any of the staff contested their fines!
 
#6
Not all Force's are as bad as Essex. A pal of mine was stopped on the M27 in Hampshire for a traffic offence. He received a FPN for £30 but received a letter 3 days later to say it was issued in error and the fine was withdrawn!!!..
 
#7
I think there was a case in Edinburgh were a bloke was rude to a Rozzer and he was arrested for Breach of the Peace (I think it was that). The geezer elected for trial and the Judge acquitted him on the grounds that being rude to a copper was not an offence. OK, its the Scottish Courts, but the precedent is persausive in the English courts.

However, agreed, the coppers have got their priorities all wrong. Totally. Just look at the Met Commissioner for a start....
 
#8
A year back Northumbria Police prosecuted nurse Sarah McCaffery for eating an apple while driving:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/4203375.stm

She didn't actually do anything other than hold apple and take the odd bite - no pensioners run over or red lights jumped. A few weeks later the local newspaper printed a photograph of some sweaty, lard-arrsed copper eating a burger while driving and nothing more's said.

A drunk Oxford student gets arrested for calling a Police horse gay:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/4606022.stm

To make matters worse the Police insist on taking it to court even though the Criminal Protection Service want to drop the case.

Makes you laugh really. Obviously not much crime in these places.
 
#9
Policing By Consent I think is the principle that undermines our Police Forces............. more like Policing Only Those Things We can Be Bothered With and Which Meet Vocal Minority Demands
 
#10
i've put the finger up to a mobile camera van before and nothing happened to me... won't be doing it again though! didn't think they could do anything to you!
 
#11
To take a different view, I never thought it was the job of the police to protect ********* from the consequences of their own actions. Anyone here heard of "zero tolerance"? A lot of people think it works. After all, he'll probably be a lot more circumspect the next time he finds himself in a similar situation.
 
#12
Zero tolerance????
For flipping a finger at a speed camera? Pathetically over the top and the Police wonder why so many people think they behave like Knobbers?
Does anybody think the public is interested on Police Officers making themselves feel clever in this way?
Zero tolerance to drug offences or violent dcrime, great! Heavy handed bullshit like this is not helping the cause of effective Policing.

W@nkers is the description that springs to mind
 
#13
My question would be why bother giving the finger to a camera van which he knows will have police in it? Does he drive round giving the finger to every fixed unmanned speed camera he passes? Would he walk up to a police officer in the street and give him the finger?

Most people have strong views on speed cameras (I hate them) , but his man has a clean licence of 10 years and was under the speed limit so why make a pointless gesture? The answer is that he is like alot of people who think they can get away with things because he is in the safety bubble of his car.
 
#14
jagman said:
Zero tolerance????
For flipping a finger at a speed camera? Pathetically over the top and the Police wonder why so many people think they behave like Knobbers?
Does anybody think the public is interested on Police Officers making themselves feel clever in this way?
Zero tolerance to drug offences or violent dcrime, great! Heavy handed bullshit like this is not helping the cause of effective Policing.

W@nkers is the description that springs to mind
And the guy who makes an obscene gesture at police officers doing their job is a sensible, honest and reliable citizen? No one likes speed cameras. I've had the points and the fine. I put my hand up to it and took what was coming because I was speeding and I knew I'd broken the law. It was in my opinion the honest and mature thing to do.

Who kills and injures more people in the UK? Criminals or 'law-abiding' motorists? Speed control measures are there for a reason.

On the specific zero tolerance point, the theory is that if minor offences and infringements are ignored, then crimes tend to escalate in specific areas as those inclined towards illegality start to feel immune from arrest . In New York in the 1980s and 1990s, it wasn't just drug dealing and mugging they cracked down on. They also busted people for jay walking, littering, spitting in the street (I kid you not) and, you guessed it, speeding. It worked. It has been argued that low level "yob culture", vandalism and friday night punch up type violence in the UK is so high because the police tend to ignore it in favour of concentrating on more 'serious' crime (which doesn't fall as much as it should do because they've misunderstood the lesson of zero tolerance). In this case they didn't ignore it and a ******** got punished for his yobbish behaviour.
 
#15
mereminx said:
They really, really have nothing better to do!!! :roll: :?


A man has been fined £80 for giving a speed camera the finger.

Simon Thompson, 41, gave the middle finger when he spotted the mobile camera as he drove home from work within the speed limit.

Half an hour later two policemen who had been operating the device knocked on his door - and handed him a fixed penalty notice for making offensive gestures under the Public Order Act.

Simon from Colchester, Essex, said: "I accept what I did was foolish and it wasn't my finest hour. But this shows the police have got their priorities completely wrong.

"I wasn't giving the officers the finger, I was aiming my anger at the camera. I've got as much contempt for speed cameras as everyone else. I'm a careful driver. My licence has been clean for ten years."

Essex Police said: "The man received the fine because he was seen to gesture several times to officers operating a mobile speed camera in an obscene and offensive way."


And so the rozzers get away with operating a mobile speed camera in an obscene and offensive way by leaping all over a concerned motorist who was trying to draw their attention........................ :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
#16
For gawd sake don't beep and give them the thumbs up either!!! tossers...

Man Fined For Beeping Horn At Police


Friday, February 17, 2006


A man who beeped his horn at seven police manning a speed check was given a £30 fine.

Highway worker Nick Lenthall beeped his horn and raised his thumb at the officers as he drove past in his council lorry in Bournemouth.

He was shocked when the entire unit climbed into theair van and pulled him over a few minutes later.

Sergeant Richard Newton then handed Nick a ticket for "unnecessary use of audible warning equipment".

Nick, 47, said: "It was a very light-hearted thing, I was just having a laugh. And I wasn't speeding. But I was stunned when they pulled me over and started telling me off. It's a waste of resources."

A police spokesman confirmed that a sergeant, two PCs and four trainee officers were at the speed check.

According to The Sun he said: "A fixed penalty notice was issued for a minor traffic offence."
 
#17
In between protecting people who want to behead me (you were protecting them, right?) and following up on motorists who do nothing more offensive than toot their horn or give 'the camera' the bird (I thought it was a human (not a bobby) that had to be offended), could you send someone round to my house to collect the evidence to prosecute the little twat that damaged my motor LAST WEEK! I have the CCTV evidence and I have even written my own MG11 statement of complaint. Oh sorry, that might run in to more than one shift.
And you wonder why support is short in supply.
 
#18
I am not terribly impressed with the cops here at leicester either. My housemate is a foreign national who is required by law to register his address with the police. He rang up for days (no one answered) and finally went to the station only to be told that they were too busy to deal with him.

The fact that failure to register his address in time is a criminal offence did not seem to perturb the cops there. Wow. What a superb work ethic they got there.
 

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