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Police confiscate walking stick from retired teacher, 78, because it is an 'offensive weapon'
The Daily Mail ^ | 29 September, 2008 | Daniel Bates

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: banglist; england; stick; uk; weapon
At least they admitted that they made a mistake.
1 posted on 10/01/2008 4:47:58 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
Yeah, at least. They did not offer, however; that 'it would never happen again'.

Bigger truth evident here: Political Correctness changes brain formation and development. . .

2 posted on 10/01/2008 4:51:41 AM PDT by cricket (America's Freedom Rings! Thank You ~ U..S.A. Military~)
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To: cricket

In the States, they’d have tasered him first.


3 posted on 10/01/2008 4:56:10 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: cricket

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 ?


4 posted on 10/01/2008 4:57:07 AM PDT by imintrouble
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To: Wolfie

In the States, they’d have tasered him first.

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You forgot the part where they would have cuffed him, kick him in the ribs and THEN taser.


5 posted on 10/01/2008 5:06:04 AM PDT by Radl (rtr)
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To: marktwain

I’m thinking there was some cop who needed a nice birthday present for his elderly father.


6 posted on 10/01/2008 5:32:31 AM PDT by seowulf (Discipline knows no emotion and frequently runs counter to the whims of panic or elation.)
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To: marktwain

I guess that makes my walker a weapon of mass destruction.


7 posted on 10/01/2008 5:32:57 AM PDT by Excellence (Why do scoundrels like Ayers gravitate to public education when Plan A fails?)
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To: marktwain

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.


8 posted on 10/01/2008 5:49:23 AM PDT by autumnraine (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: Radl

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.


9 posted on 10/01/2008 5:51:52 AM PDT by autumnraine (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: autumnraine

I saw the headline and KNEW it was the UK.

It “could not possibly be true” - IN AMERICA....YET.


10 posted on 10/01/2008 5:53:26 AM PDT by MrB (0bama supporters: What's the attraction? The Marxism or the Infanticide?)
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To: marktwain

At least they didn’t shoot him. That would be a definite danger with some US police departments...


11 posted on 10/01/2008 6:02:55 AM PDT by Little Ray (I'm a Conservative. But I can vote for John McCain. If I have to. I guess.)
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To: marktwain

Storm Troopers


12 posted on 10/01/2008 6:04:05 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Vote McWhatshisname and PALIN)
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To: Excellence

“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.


14 posted on 10/01/2008 6:37:27 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (I think faster than I type, lousy proofreader, deal with it.)
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To: marktwain

When I read the headline I knew immediately that this was in the UK, a country that has lost its collective mind.


15 posted on 10/01/2008 7:10:44 AM PDT by BooksForTheRight.com (Fight liberal lies with knowledge. Read conservative books and articles.)
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To: Radl; Wolfie

And shot his dog. You have to shoot the dog.


16 posted on 10/01/2008 9:04:57 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: marktwain

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.


17 posted on 10/01/2008 10:30:21 AM PDT by B4Ranch (I'd rather have a VP that can gut a Moose, than a President that wants to gut our Second Amendment!)
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To: Wolfie

Don’t taze me, guv’nah !


18 posted on 10/01/2008 3:33:16 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: marktwain

London is burning from the inside, and there’s nobody to put out the fire.


19 posted on 10/01/2008 10:14:11 PM PDT by wastedyears (Now sadly living in the DPRNYC [Brooklyn])
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To: Clintonfatigued

You’re obviously right about the UK.


20 posted on 10/02/2008 2:47:10 AM PDT by Impy (Spellcheck hates Obama, you should too.)
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To: marktwain

I see older guys walking in the shady side of town every day carrying a golf wedge and there’s no golf course nearby but there are plenty of loose pit bulls and chows.


21 posted on 10/02/2008 2:54:01 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: marktwain

I am going to the sawbones today to schedule a knee replacement. I have been using a Bubbastik for a month or two now and have discovered that not only is it a walking stick but it is a three foot club with a brass head that you can take anywhere: casinos, airports, anywhere!


22 posted on 10/02/2008 2:57:02 AM PDT by razzle9251
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