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U.K.: Riot police storm pub after a smoker lights up in protest to the ban
The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | October 15, 2007

Posted on 10/15/2007 1:51:46 AM PDT by Stoat

Riot police storm pub after a smoker lights up in protest to the ban

Last updated at 08:37am on 15th October 2007

 

Cigarette snubbed out

The ban on smoking in public places came into force in July this year

 

It wasn't exactly the dramatic finale one cricket fan was expecting.

Having installed himself in his local pub to watch England play India, John Vaughan was enraged when the channel was switched over to football just as the cricket was reaching its thrilling conclusion.

So Mr Vaughan lit up a cigarette in protest. When he refused to extinguish it, staff pressed a panic button behind the bar.

And a few minutes later six riot police officers wearing protective gear stormed the pub.

Mr Vaughan had been watching the one-day international at the Copper Pot pub in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, last month.

The game was about to finish when the channel was switched to the England versus Israel Euro 2008 football qualifier.

Mr Vaughan said yesterday: "The cricket only had ten minutes left, but the football wasn't even going to start for another 45 minutes.

"We complained but nothing happened. So I decided to light up out of protest.

"Staff told me I couldn't smoke, but I said I'd had enough of being pushed around by the Government.

"They pressed a panic button and the next thing I knew, there were six policemen in the pub and two outside."

No action was taken against demolition boss Mr Vaughan after he agreed to leave.

There was a big cheer round the pub from about 60 people, added Mr Vaughan, "and even the police found it quite amusing."

Warwickshire Police confirmed officers had been sent to the pub on September 8 following reports of a man "smoking and being aggressive".

A spokesman said: "They explained why he should not be smoking, asked him to leave and he did so happily."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britain; donutwatch; england; greatbritain; johnvaughan; policestate; pufflist; smokers; smoking; uk; unitedkingdom
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Staff told me I couldn't smoke, but I said I'd had enough of being pushed around by the Government.

It seems you are having impure thoughts.  Let us help you.  Cleanse your mind, and then rejoin the happy masses.

1 posted on 10/15/2007 1:51:52 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: Gabz; SheLion

Puff Ping


2 posted on 10/15/2007 1:55:40 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

3 posted on 10/15/2007 1:59:36 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Hillary has pay fever. There she goes now... "Ha Hsu, ha hsu, haaaa hsu, ha hsu...")
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To: Stoat

unless you own the bar, follow the rules and shut up. or leave. simple as that.


4 posted on 10/15/2007 2:10:20 AM PDT by thefactor
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To: Stoat

oh, and here’s another thought. my guess is that if this guy was acting the way he was and NOT smoking, the cops still would have been called. the article latches on to the smoking part and it probably wasn’t the main reason the cops were called. be careful what you believe when it come to the media.


5 posted on 10/15/2007 2:12:42 AM PDT by thefactor
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To: Stoat
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“I was told by one police officer that he did not ‘want to start a race riot’ by arresting Pakistani men for sexual offenses”

Go after smokers with riot police and turn a blind eye to Muslim Pimps and rapists!

6 posted on 10/15/2007 2:13:36 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: thefactor

By your reasoning, the government is the bar owner.


7 posted on 10/15/2007 2:13:58 AM PDT by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: Stoat

> “Staff told me I couldn’t smoke, but I said I’d had enough of being pushed around by the Government.
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> “They pressed a panic button and the next thing I knew, there were six policemen in the pub and two outside.”

Mayday, Mayday Mayday! This is an Emergency: I say again, this is an EMERGENCY! The Barneyfication of the United Kingdom is in peril! Tele-Tubbist forces are no longer in control and the Proles are revolting! Broken Arrow! Broken Arrow! A Barney Position is about to be over-run! Send in everything you have!!!


8 posted on 10/15/2007 2:15:06 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghill mi do dhuine. Fg am bealach.)
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To: Earthdweller

how so? was the man in question the owner? it’s a private establishment. you can be ejected or refused service for almost any reason. and if you refuse to follow the bar rules, the police will be called to remove you because at that point you are effectively trespassing on private property when you are no longer welcome.


9 posted on 10/15/2007 2:23:05 AM PDT by thefactor
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To: Stoat

and ANOTHER thing! how does a bar have only one tv in this day and age? next you’re going to tell me it wasn’t hi-def. that would be a real crime.


10 posted on 10/15/2007 2:24:32 AM PDT by thefactor
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To: DieHard the Hunter; SheLion; Gabz

Bingo pingo!


11 posted on 10/15/2007 2:26:11 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Stoat

The genius of this is that the health-fascists have taken a clinically defined mental illness, the compulsion to control others, and turned it into a mass political movement that puts the health-fascists themselves into power.


12 posted on 10/15/2007 2:29:32 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: Stoat

“Awright, hands up, you bloody tobaccoholic cricket terrorist, it’s off to the Bailey with ya’ now.”


13 posted on 10/15/2007 2:31:47 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: Stoat

The entire effort to eliminate smoking is to save people from dying from the effects of tobacco smoke. So we save one from dying at the age of sixty. However, no one can be saved from death. And life in those later years is not easy. There is a loss of income as one becomes unable to do the things they did in younger years. Many as they go into their later years become dependant on the state for survival. The estate they have built in their younger years is liquidated and, rather than going to their children as an inheritance, goes toward their survival.


14 posted on 10/15/2007 2:46:06 AM PDT by jonrick46
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To: Stoat

The Emglish have gone mad.


15 posted on 10/15/2007 2:57:19 AM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: thefactor
The bar rules were forced on the owner by the government.

The ban on smoking in public places came into force in July this year

I dare say there wasn't an issue with smoking in the bar prior to this.

BOHIC

16 posted on 10/15/2007 2:59:07 AM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Im paranoid. The only question is, am I paranoid enough?)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Hammer - nail - head.


17 posted on 10/15/2007 3:01:18 AM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Im paranoid. The only question is, am I paranoid enough?)
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To: Stoat

18 posted on 10/15/2007 3:08:10 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: Stoat

Didn’t we know this would happen? Instead of doing something important; like going after the real enemy, terrorists, for example; they use to go after innocent citizens.

Of course, this is their real target. To bring the population under control and turn them into slaves. What’s next prison camps?

Our governments are creating confusion, for example, allowing so many different illegals, to walk in; in order to create distraction and confusion; so they can take control.


19 posted on 10/15/2007 4:05:59 AM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: Stoat

'ello, 'ello. What's all this then?!

20 posted on 10/15/2007 4:12:27 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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