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18 May, 2007

Busted anyway

This story, reported by The Register starts amusingly.  Apparently, a Manchester police officer thought he saw the silhouette of an armed person in a house, so called for armed backup.  The ensuing raid discovered a 'life-size' statue of Lara Croft.

That's fair enough: an entirely understandable mistake with a creditable response. However:

Williams [the house's owner] was arrested at the scene and held for 13 hours. He's now been bailed on firearms offences and will find out next month if he faces further action.
And thereby a potentially positive illustration of police vigilance and professionalism is ruined by a refusal to acknowledge a misunderstanding.

Remember, in the UK, those with nothing to hide have nothing to fear from surveillance and law-enforcement agencies. Right?

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