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Public Policing

Judge halts trial of the chip shop owners who seized tearaway in a citizen's arrest

A chip-shop owner thought he was doing his public duty when he carried out a citizen’s arrest on a 12-year-old delinquent who spat at his customers and smashed a window.

But overzealous police officers turned the tables on Nicholas Tyers, 46, and his son Lee, 20, treating them as criminals and taking their fingerprints after the boy complained.

Mr Tyers and his Royal Marine son were charged with kidnap for holding the boy for up to six minutes and told the maximum sentence was life in prison. During the six months that followed, Mr Tyers was forced to sell his shop and lost his faith in justice.

His nightmare ended yesterday when a judge halted the trial, which has cost taxpayers £60,000, and derided the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing the case.

The police never like it if citizens do their job for them, what ever became of Sir Robert Peel's Principle of policing:

Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence


I'm just amazed the beak backed him up.

Is the judge by any chance approaching retirement?

This is becoming all too common I'm afraid. There have been several cases over the last year or so when the victims have, at the whim of the police, become the criminal. Still, it's easier on these poor plods, the law abiding public don't fight back whereas the criminals will lie and might hit poor old plod. Where is the likes of Sir Robert Peel when needed.

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