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A policeman's lot is not a happy one

BBC NEWS | England | Cornwall | Arrest threat over police gnome

Police have taken a dim view of a man's glowing garden gnome and threatened him with arrest unless he removes it.

The solar-powered policeman figure stands sentinel in the garden of Gordon MacKillop's home in Treovis, near Liskeard.

His neighbour, former policeman John McLean, says the gnome is annoying and upsets buyers viewing his home.

Now police have served Mr MacKillop with a notice for "placing a garden gnome with intent to cause harassment".

Mr MacKillop, 46, was woken in the night (at quarter to midnight) by two officers who warned him that the gnome was offensive to his neighbours.

The notice, under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997, also accuses Mr MacKillop of intimidating potential buyers of Mr McLean's £209,000 cottage.

Mr McLean has told officers that the garden gnome, which comes complete with police dog and solar light, was in an "annoying position".
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A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: "This isn't just a petty issue."

When a felon's not engaged in his employment
Or maturing his felonious little plan
His capacity for innocent enjoyment
Is just as great as any honest man
Our feelings we with difficulty smother
When constabulary duties to be done
Taking one consideration with another
A policeman's lot is not a happy one
When constabulary duties to be done, to be done
A policeman's lot is not a happy one
When the enterprising burglar's not a-burgling
When the cutthroat isn't occupied in crime
He loves to hear the little brook a-gurgling
And listen to the merry village chime
When the coster's finished jumping on his mother
He loves to lie a-basking in the sun
Taking one consideration with another
A policeman's lot is not a happy one
When constabulary duties to be done, to be done
A policeman's lot is not a happy one
When the drunkard shows no sign of where the drink went
He nobly bids all alchohol farewell
When the juvenile delinquent to the clink went
He hung his mother's picture in his cell
When the cardshark's finished wiping out his brother
He buys a rattle for his little son
Taking one consideration with another
A policeman's lot is not a happy one
When constabulary duties to be done, to be done
A policeman's lot is not a happy one

Comments

Personally, I dislike garden gnomes and would never have one in my garden because I think they are silly and tacky but saying that, I would never be annoyed or upset if my neighbour had one. This sort of story just gives another reason for the public to lose respect for the police. Honestly, don't the police have anything better to do?! It's disgusting.

I think we can assume from this that Liskeard has a low crime rate...

Keystone cops should have no trouble with this one. Shows they dont just chase motorists, OAPs and tree climbing children.

Get that DNA extraction kit ready!!

where can I buy one of these gnomes?

And this is the land of the Magna Carta ?
You'll soon be changing your name to Nannylandia.

"Mr MacKillop, 46, was woken in the night (at quarter to midnight) by two officers who warned him that the gnome was offensive to his neighbours."

And *that's* not harassment? Couldn't it have waited until the morning?

It's nice to know the forces of law and order are out there protecting us 24/7. Perhaps these same policemen should be sent to the Brighton Labour conference - plenty of offensive gnomes there.

:-) I've linked it. x

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