Police order eight year old to break toy gun

#2
"There is also a risk to the person carrying such a weapon. It is difficult to tell the difference between a real and an imitation firearm and officers will take appropriate action to protect the public."

FFS - this is so wrong. An imitation gun looks like the real thing so fair enough but a kids toy - this officer should be ashamed. Too few kids play outside these days and childern playing reasonably should be encouraged. I assume some pillock had complained. Disgusted. Ranting...

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PC Vicky Floyd, the community beat officer for Pinehurst Neighbourhood policing team, said she was unable to comment on the specific incident but said that even toy guns can be mistaken for real weapons.

She said: "All reports of firearms result in the deployment of specifically trained officers and this diverts them from other duties.

"There is also a risk to the person carrying such a weapon. It is difficult to tell the difference between a real and an imitation firearm and officers will take appropriate action to protect the public."
Jesus do these people actually receive training or do they recruit mongs off the street, its an eight year old kid with a toy gun for fcuks sake. Are they that incompetent.
 
#4
Way back in 1973 (I think it was) two young men went into the Indian (?) Embassy in London to do some sort of protest, armed with toy guns they had just bought in Woolworths for about 70p each. Both shot dead by armed police. Deemed appropriate action etc. No question that the "guns" were anything other than toys, not that they looked like anything other than toys - not at all realistic. However, in this case, a small child, not an adult, on the pavement outside his own home, not in the entrance to an Embassy. Sounds like a right jobsworth of a copper. Not that his job is worth much, compared to those of real decent police officers.
 
#5
You couldn't make it up! If the story is as reported, all I can say is that instead of diversity and equality training for Police Officers a 45 minute lecture on common sense might be in order but of course you can't legislate for that.

And before the apologists leap in - this is about public perception - and the current perception is bad.
 
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one-flew-over said:
"... officers will take appropriate action to protect the public."
Unless it's some scrote with a real firearm - in which case nothing will be done. You can even get some nice publicity shots of your 'crew' and get them published on your corporate web site:-



Good to see he's following correct safety procedures by keeping his finger outside the trigger guard though.
 
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Ord_Sgt said:
PC Vicky Floyd, the community beat officer for Pinehurst Neighbourhood policing team, said she was unable to comment on the specific incident but said that even toy guns can be mistaken for real weapons.

She said: "All reports of firearms result in the deployment of specifically trained officers and this diverts them from other duties.

"There is also a risk to the person carrying such a weapon. It is difficult to tell the difference between a real and an imitation firearm and officers will take appropriate action to protect the public."
Jesus do these people actually receive training or do they recruit mongs off the street, its an eight year old kid with a toy gun for fcuks sake. Are they that incompetent.
Depends on the child I suppose!
 

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#8
A straightforward case of criminal damage?
If I was the parent of this kid I'd be on my way to the police station to report it as such.

What a stupid, horrible, officious, jobsworth, humourless, pedantic, bullying twat of a copper.

Welcome to Labourland where cops smash kids toys and then sit on their fat arses drinking tea and filling out forms for six hours while real criminals go on a daily rampage.

Probably be arresting us for 'thoughtcrime' next.

Real coppers must be grinding their teeth in fury when their braindead colleagues do things like this.
 
#9
You can let Wiltshire police know your feelings here.
 
#12
Tough on crime, tough of the causes of crime.
 
#13
Also from Wiltshire:

http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/n...r.1703785.0.armed_police_over_shop_gunman.php

Prepare to spit coffee at your monitor/keyboard. Some have their toys smashed in front of them and are reduced to tears, while others get celebrity status.

Quote from the comments after the article about the 8 year old:

This Wpc, is she the same one that wouldn't patrol a vilage some time ago because there were no pavements and it was to dangerous?
Or is it just Wilts joke police again
 
#14
If the alternative to smashing the toy gun was going down the Cop Shop then the father is spineless.

I would have gladly gone down the station, somehow i can't see the CPS following this one up.

Can Police Officers get done for wasting Police time?
 
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abeaumont said:
Also from Wiltshire:

http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/n...r.1703785.0.armed_police_over_shop_gunman.php

Prepare to spit coffee at your monitor/keyboard. Some have their toys smashed in front of them and are reduced to tears, while others get celebrity status.
They had armed police and dogs
Must be rough round your way if even the police hounds are tooled up. Do they wear doggy body armour?


Mr Clarke has been undergoing treatment at Green Lane mental health unit.
Ahhhh ..... I'm forming a clearer picture now.


I took my O-levels at Eton College but I was chucked out for drug dealing.
I thought that was compulsory at Eton.
 
#16
Nice on A_M, though just one thing - it is not round my way. I am thanking the Almighty that I don't live in Wiltshire. One of my ancestors did, but he saw the light and moved out of the county in 1900!

Kent has its moments, but nothing like as bad as we have been reading here.
 
#17
His sister Sophie was also banned from riding her battery-powered Barbie car on the pavement in Beech Avenue minutes later...

...The six-year-old was travelling on the pavement in the battery-powered car at three miles an hour and the officer said it is only allowed in the garden
What a nasty, officious bully this person must be. Cracking down on play by the under- tens. Clearly, the police would rather children were safely in front of computer screens developing violent fantasies and obesity, rather than playing happily outside.
 
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#19
At least I know what Wilts Council is spending my Council Tax on.

Had an episopde with Wilts Police about a year ago, nice quiet Sunday morning, just getting out the shower and door bell rang, shouted ok, will be there in a min, just in shower.....
Banging on the door - shouted again
More banging so went down, soaking wet and getting dressed.
Opened door to Plod and convo went something like this
Plod - Had I made a 999 call
Me - No
Plod - Could he speak to my wife
Me - No
Plod - Why not
Me - IM NOT MARRIED AND I LIVE ALONE
Plod - We have had a 999 call from this address from a woman being attacked
Me - Not from here, feel free to come in and look around
Plod - No its ok, am waiting for backup......
Me - OH (by this time all my neighbours were our mowing their grass)
Plod2 arrived with Riot Van and out gets Pilsbury Dough Plod
Plod1 - Hi, he says its not him
Plod2 - You sure
Me - Hello, you are more than welcome to come in and look around
Plod1 - (into radio) er, dont think its the right address
Plod2 - Sorry, will sort this in a mo
Me - Thats ok. (wondering whats happened to the original 999 caller)
Plod1 (into radio) He says he is single, live alone. Asked me in but didnt look
Plod1 - Whats your phone number, does it end in 123
Me - No
Plod1 (Into Radio) er def wrong house, different phone number
Plod2 - How long you lived here
Me - 18 months ish
Plod1 - Who lived here before you
Me - no idea, its rented through an agency
Plod2 - well im off, will head back to the station
Plod1 - er sorry to disturb you.

And off they went. 5 Minutes later both car and van went past again on blue lights so assume they actually got the correct details. Even though they were positive when they arrived it was the wrong house and I invited them in to look, they never actually came in and checked.......
 

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