Although this is technically a Kent story, I thought it worthy of being on this London blog. I want you lot to know what’s happening over there. And you thought you had it bad with Boris the Menace.
Now what’s bloomin’ going on in Bonkers Britain?
It’s time for me to sit down, aghast.
An excerpt from today’s Observer (thanks to blog reader Stuart Jeffrey for highlighting it on Twitter)
“Kent Police have been accused of setting a “dangerous precedent” when they confiscated hundreds of items of property – including children’s crayons, a clown’s outfit and a pensioner’s walking stick – from people attending an environmental protest camp at Kingsnorth power station.
A list of more than 2,000 possessions taken from protesters, who were repeatedly searched going to and from the camp last August, has been obtained through a freedom of information request by Liberal Democrat justice spokesman David Howarth.
It shows that officers took packets of balloon, tents, a clown’s outfit, camping equipment, cycle helmets and bike locks, plastic buckets, bin bags, blankets, soap, banners and leaflets, books, party poppers and nail clippers. A toy plastic gun, life-jackets, inflatable dinghies, paddles and foot pumps were also confiscated, police say, to stop protesters taking to the river around the Hoo peninsula in Kent. Much of the property has yet to be returned”.
I wonder how many have they confiscated and when they will hand them back. After all, cyclists have to have their cycle helmets for their own bloomin’ safety!
What do the lawyers say about this?!