Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Don't Be Scared At Halloween

In my part of the world Halloween is now an ishoo that needs Police intervention and to protect us from all those ghoulies out there and so we don't get frightened in the dark now the clocks have gone back.

For Beezlebubs sake - sod off, go and catch some burglars.


nemo_sum said...

ffs - just leave us the f**k alone, will you, and do something useful?

Seppuku might be a good thing to try - it is honourable, not that you b*st*rds would know - or care.

Paul Gad (now on sky news...) said...

Yeh just leave us alone...

Anonymous said...

Stay Secure - stay in your zone.

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

another box ticked then...

.243 Win said...

Ah. Good 'ole A&S.

The people who brought us the term "Trivia Troops" for CPSOs - yep, we're "trivia" if we don't warrant the attentions of the 'proper' plod.

Shame I didn't get my hands on their spoof Crimeline ACD message - gave you a real insight into the 'thought process' as it ended "Remember, we're here to save your arses, not kiss them".

Anonymous said...

Can someone confirm to me if being masked in public is legal and OK in this country, even if you are a minor? Because the police in Uxbridge are threatening to confiscate masks off people this halloween. Is this legal? Can they do this?

I was under the impression that unless they enforce some obscure section something-or-other, they could not make you remove a mask?


And looking forward to Nov. 5th, I should be able to make it this year!

Dead Eye said...


I`m scared!

Paul_Gad said...

Im stayin in. But I may go out later...

Old Holborn said...

They can only confiscate your mask if a Section 60 has been signed by a senior officer.

And they MUST give it back

I quote:

Crime and Security Act 2001 made the following amendement to the CJA 1994

94 Powers to require removal of disguises: England and Wales (1) After section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33) insert—
“60AA Powers to require removal of disguises (1) Where—
(a) an authorisation under section 60 is for the time being in force in relation to any locality for any period, or
(b) an authorisation under subsection (3) that the powers conferred by subsection (2) shall be exercisable at any place in a locality is in force for any period,
those powers shall be exercisable at any place in that locality at any time in that period.
(2) This subsection confers power on any constable in uniform—
(a) to require any person to remove any item which the constable reasonably believes that person is wearing wholly or mainly for the purpose of concealing his identity;
(b) to seize any item which the constable reasonably believes any person intends to wear wholly or mainly for that purpose.
(3) If a police officer of or above the rank of inspector reasonably believes—
(a) that activities may take place in any locality in his police area that are likely (if they take place) to involve the commission of offences, and
(b) that it is expedient, in order to prevent or control the activities, to give an authorisation under this subsection,
he may give an authorisation that the powers conferred by this section shall be exercisable at any place within that locality for a specified period not exceeding twenty-four hours.
(4) If it appears to an officer of or above the rank of superintendent that it is expedient to do so, having regard to offences which—
(a) have been committed in connection with the activities in respect of which the authorisation was given, or
(b) are reasonably suspected to have been so committed,
he may direct that the authorisation shall continue in force for a further twenty-four hours.
(5) If an inspector gives an authorisation under subsection , he must, as soon as it is practicable to do so, cause an officer of or above the rank of superintendent to be informed.
(6) Any authorisation under this section—
(a) shall be in writing and signed by the officer giving it; and
(b) shall specify—
(i) the grounds on which it is given;
(ii) the locality in which the powers conferred by this section are exercisable;
(iii) the period during which those powers are exercisable;
and a direction under subsection (4) shall also be given in writing or, where that is not practicable, recorded in writing as soon as it is practicable to do so.
(7) A person who fails to remove an item worn by him when required to do so by a constable in the exercise of his power under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month or to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale or both.
(8) The preceding provisions of this section, so far as they relate to an authorisation by a member of the British Transport Police Force (including one who for the time being has the same powers and privileges as a member of a police force for a police area), shall have effect as if references to a locality or to a locality in his police area were references to any locality in or in the vicinity of any policed premises, or to the whole or any part of any such premises.
(9) In this section “British Transport Police Force” and “policed premises” each has the same meaning as in section 60.
(10) The powers conferred by this section are in addition to, and not in derogation of, any power otherwise conferred.
(11) This section does not extend to Scotland.”
(2) In section 60A(1) of that Act (retention of things seized under section 60), after “section 60” insert “or 60AA”.
(3) In section 24(2) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c. 60) (arrestable offences), in paragraph (o), for “section 60(8)(b)” substitute “section 60AA(7)”

lilith said...

Operation Relentless is right. What about advice like

Do not molest other people on Halloween, particularly not on their doorstep. Do not piss or shit in their garden or smash up their car if householders do not open their doors. Leave people and their mobile phones alone. Don't get so drunk you vomit up your liver, or murder a granny etc ?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the clarification OH. I was certain that was the case, but I wanted clarification!

Marchamont Needham said...

oop ere in't barren North we ave mischief neet. That's neet afore bonfire neet.

Kids roam t'area an do bad things. As did I as a nipper.

But we threw bangers and banged on doors. Now they vandalise cars and chuck bricks.

Times change.

This Hallowen trick or treat crap is imported american shite and a plague on those who support it.

6000 said...
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6000 said...


I must admit that you've lost me a bit on this one.

The police issue a press release saying how Halloween is their busiest night of the year - presumably because of the public calling them.
And then they suggest a number of tips which might cut down their unnecessary workload - presumably so that they can "catch some buglars".

Where's the problem? Should the police ignore 999 calls from frightened pensioners on the 31st, then?

What next? Firemen to not bother with bonfire related trouble on November 5th? "Sod off and go fight some house fires instead"?

Meh. Usually good stuff from Guthrum. This time, he misses the point. By a cunty mile.

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