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Privates on parade: Soldier tackles knife-wielding robber stark naked in middle of street
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13th June 2011

Posted on 06/13/2011 5:59:29 PM PDT by naturalman1975

These dramatic CCTV pictures show the moment a naked soldier stopped a knife-wielding robber from stealing his new car.

Lance Corporal Wayne O'Mahoney smashed a car window with a metal crow-bar from his tool box to grab the masked robber who was trying to start his new Seat Leon.

Eventually the thief was so terrified, he fled out of the passenger door and ran down the street.

Wayne, 47, started to give chase, and then suddenly realised he had no clothes on as neighbours came out to see what all the commotion was about.

He jumped into action at around 6am after hearing the front door of his house in Salford, Great Manchester, being kicked in.

Wearing nothing but an angry snarl he raced down the stairs.

He wrestled with one man in the hallway who fled with an accomplice, who had been keeping lookout outside the house.

But unknown to Wayne a third robber had grabbed the keys to his car. He burst from behind Wayne, pushed past him and ran to the car.

The robber then had trouble trying to use the central locking on the remote control by pressing the wrong button several times. The entire drama was filmed on a CCTV camera.

Wayne, who served in Iraq for two years, said: 'I was curled up asleep and I heard the banging. I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

'You couldn't print what was going through my mind. My home is my castle and you can't just intrude and expect to get away with it.

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


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Pictures are at the link if you want to see them. Not very revealing (typical CCTV) but I saw no reason to post them here.
1 posted on 06/13/2011 5:59:31 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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The entire drama was filmed on a CCTV camera.

Not surprising. There are upwards of 4.2M of the things in UK.

2 posted on 06/13/2011 6:04:17 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: naturalman1975

Don’t worry! Wayne will be arrested for scaring the perps and be re-educated on how to properly treat criminals.


3 posted on 06/13/2011 6:04:40 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: naturalman1975

This happened in the UK? Expect the young veteran to be arrested shortly and accused of attempted murder for brandishing a knife.


4 posted on 06/13/2011 6:12:48 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

A 47-year old Lance Corporal? Could it be that he had some disciplinary issues?


5 posted on 06/13/2011 6:13:31 PM PDT by Ax
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To: naturalman1975
Privates on parade....

When I read that, I thought this was another article on Anthony Weiner.
6 posted on 06/13/2011 6:17:43 PM PDT by no dems (When I learn that a person, regardless of who they are, is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: Ax

Not necessarily - although it’s certainly not impossible. But there are quite a few soldiers in the British Army who have served long careers and never sought promotion.

In the British Army, even a Lance Corporal is a fully fledged NCO. It carries more responsibility than it does in many other countries.


7 posted on 06/13/2011 6:22:13 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: saganite

Britain’s laws on these issues are nowhere near as stupid as you’ve apparently been lead to believe. He’s done nothing even remotely illegal.


8 posted on 06/13/2011 6:23:50 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

In the U S Forces, a Lance Corporal is an E-3 (but then I’ve been out of it since 1963, so a lot could’ve changed). In today’s military, it’s not uncommon for an E-3 to be a 19-year old. I was, back in the day. In my day, if a guy was a 47-year old and an E-3, it would be a rarity. I was an E-4 at a base in southern Italy and pulling KP when a new cook showed up. He also was an E-4 (three striper in the Air Force). He told me that he made his grade on Guadalcanal in 1942. I think he was about 45 at the time.


9 posted on 06/13/2011 6:52:22 PM PDT by Ax
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They’ll probably get this Lance Corporal for vandalism, possession of burglary tools, possession of a deadly weapon, exerting excess force on the bad guy, terrorism, attempted murder, vehicular breaking and entering, leaving his keys where a thief could find them, littering the street with glass, disturbing the peace, interfering with the civil rights of the robbers, and, of course, indecent exposure.

I’m sure some British folks could fill in all the other charges I’ve overlooked.

If they catch the bad guys, they’ll say, “Sorry. Wrong house, wrong car. No harm meant.” And someone will believe them and let them go.

Then they’ll sue the soldier. And win.


10 posted on 06/13/2011 7:02:42 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Ax
Yes, I know - the US gives the rank out much more readily than the UK (or most Commonwealth countries do). Nothing wrong with that - it's just a difference in the way the different militaries have developed over the years. In British (and again, many Commonwealth countries), there's nothing wrong with staying as a Private if that is where you want to serve - pay increases in line with seniority, of course, as well as rank.

Somebody can make Lance Corporal quickly and will do so if they are considered a potential Sergeant or Warrant Officer, but it is considered advantageous to have highly experienced Privates as well, to help guide along the younger blokes.

11 posted on 06/13/2011 7:05:45 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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He could have also joined just recently.


12 posted on 06/13/2011 8:22:24 PM PDT by Dundee (They gave up all their tomorrows for our today's.)
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To: naturalman1975

I recall reading that we raised the age of eligibility for the military to accept older recruits while fighting wars on two fronts. Great Britain could have done that also.


13 posted on 06/13/2011 8:33:00 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: Dundee
Reading the article again, it says he is now a reservist - Territorial Army - doesn't say how much of his service has been in the Regular Army (if any - he has served in Iraq, but Territorials have been sent there). If all or most of his service has been in the reserves, that is, of course, another potential reason for not having moved beyond Lance Corporal.

Not that, as I've said (and you will well know) there's anything wrong with being a junior NCO or even a Private - people serve where they serve.

14 posted on 06/13/2011 8:41:35 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Or, as is more likely, no charges will be brought against him, he’ll become a local celebrity and will never have to buy another pint in the boozer again.

As naturalman said, this man has done nothing wrong.


15 posted on 06/14/2011 11:42:01 AM PDT by Mitch86
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