Friday, October 06, 2006


It’s good to see a real crack down on crime. Britain’s Daily Telegraph reports this vigilance from a robust police service: “A grandmother described yesterday how she was arrested and questioned by police after her neighbour claimed that a football had been kicked into her garden and that she had failed to return it. Angela Hickling, 56, was taken to the police station, quizzed, fingerprinted and required to give a DNA sample. Police searched her garden and every room in her house for the ball but failed to find it and dropped the case two days later for lack of evidence. Although he found nothing, he arrested her on suspicion of theft and took her to the station, where she was questioned, fingerprinted, and had a DNA sample taken. She was freed after an hour and a half.

Imagine that! A wicked, nasty grandmother hiding a football kicked over her garden fence by well mannered, neatly dressed, "do good" children. What is the world coming to. Its this kind of thing that led Britain to deport people to Australia not that long ago. Thank goodness it wasn’t a cricket ball – no earthly chance of finding that. She may have boiled it up and served it with a rice pudding.

The DNA sample, which the police have a right now to keep under the Anti Terrorism legislation, will help to track down ball hoarders – obviously a new crime under British law. Her behaviour obviously requires an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO), preventing her from being near a ball for 100 days. I am sure the police are working on it.

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