Skip to comments.Police confiscate walking stick from retired teacher, 78, because it is an 'offensive weapon'
Posted on 10/01/2008 4:47:58 AM PDT by marktwain
Sticking point: Philip Clarkson Webb has had to use his spare stick after his other one was confiscated by police They must have known he was a troublemaker the moment they saw him. With his white hair, wax jacket and glasses, 78-year-old Philip Clarkson Webb clearly ticked all the boxes any eagle-eyed policemen would mark as 'danger'.
And as he shuffled along the pavement towards them there was one thing above all they deemed to pose a threat - his walking stick. The officers surrounded the retired classics teacher and informed him the 3ft wooden cane was an 'offensive weapon' and had to be confiscated. Mr Clarkson Webb duly handed it over, but the farce did not end there. When he later went to collect it from his local police station in Southborough, Kent, with his police receipt, he was told it had been misplaced.
It took a string of phone calls for Kent Police to finally admit they had lost it and to offer to buy him a brand new one. Mr Clarkson Webb was caught up by overzealous policing at a climate camp environmental demonstration in Kingsnorth last month. He was not one of the activists at the climate camp but merely paid a visit to attend a seminar on trade energy quotas.
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Bigger truth evident here: Political Correctness changes brain formation and development. . .
In the States, they’d have tasered him first.
They don’t seem to be able to spot terrorists those eagle eyed police - do they?
I guess if you can’t ‘see’ a weapon such as a hidden gun or bomb - that would ok ?
In the States, theyd have tasered him first.
You forgot the part where they would have cuffed him, kick him in the ribs and THEN taser.
I’m thinking there was some cop who needed a nice birthday present for his elderly father.
I guess that makes my walker a weapon of mass destruction.
This is a lie!! This could not possibly be true, so it must be Scrappleface picked up by a news outlet.
I realize it is true though and still want to pretend that the world has not gone this crazy and there really isn’t some “stoopid” virus that destroys the common sense section of our brain.
No, first they’d have to run him over because he was being menacing with a knife. And we know you have to be standing on top of someone to taser them and wouldn’t want to get too close to that knife. Or cane.
I saw the headline and KNEW it was the UK.
It “could not possibly be true” - IN AMERICA....YET.
At least they didn’t shoot him. That would be a definite danger with some US police departments...
“I guess that makes my walker a weapon of mass destruction”
Dadgum right. It has four times the destructive power as a mere walking stick. They should be licensed.
When I read the headline I knew immediately that this was in the UK, a country that has lost its collective mind.
And shot his dog. You have to shoot the dog.
Mr Webb should have told the officer that it was the weapon under his jacket, his new MAC-10 that made him a threat not his antique walking stick.
Don’t taze me, guv’nah !
London is burning from the inside, and there’s nobody to put out the fire.
You’re obviously right about the UK.
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