Hell's bells!: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,171-2487553,00.html
Any of our Met / British transport plod residents care to comment on this?Mr Hurd claimed that he had been merely holding the ball as he rode the escalator at Baker Street station in London when he was stopped by a female British Transport Police officer and subjected to a ten-minute inquisition and allegations that he was carrying âa very hard objectâ, which he should not have done in public as it was a potentially lethal weapon. He had, he said, taken the ball to work because he planned to watch the opening Ashes Test between England and Australia in a pub with friends later in the evening. Earlier in the day he had been throwing it in the air to strengthen his spin-bowling muscles.
But by the time he got to the station, he said, he was holding it firmly in his hand. He accused the officer of ridiculous overreaction.
She [the WPC] confiscated the ball while she questioned Mr Hurd for ten minutes, gave him a verbal warning and filled out a stop-and-search report.
âWhen she let me go and gave me my ball back, she said she was being extremely lenient with me. She failed to realise that I presented no threat whatsoever and I left feeling completely misunderstood.â
A spokesman said that British Transport Police had no knowledge of the incident but added: âThough we recognise England need all the help they can get at the moment, we would advise that the escalator is not the place to practise.
âWhat if the ball was dropped and hit an old lady further down the escalator?
âWe would advise passengers to be careful, both for themselves and other people at this busy time. To ensure that the Underground is free of crime and free of the fear of crime, our officers maintain a highly visible presence.â