Mr Peaple, 22, had stood outside the shops in Hollytree Parade in Sidcup Hill, Foots Cray, where he helps out at the glass shop, on April 7, holding a notice to warn potential customers a camera car was in the area.
The shopkeepers claim their small parade has been targeted by the council’s CCTV camera cars, and say the fear of getting a parking ticket is driving away customers.
But there are ‘customers’, and there are ‘customers’. And the council wants to preserve its own reluctant ‘customers’ of the parking fine business.
So they had a word, and sent the boys round:
Last week Mr Peaple says there was a knock on the door of his home in nearby Mallard Walk.
He opened it to find a police officer on the doorstep.
Mr Peaple said: “He said to me ‘You know why I am here. You have been interfering with a camera car ‘.
Sounds like the sort of thing that should land you on the Sex offenders Register!
Mr Peaple claims told the officer told him some people wanted “his head on a plate” and said his activities were costing revenue.
What, no ‘safety issues’? Oooh, he’s going to be in need of some re-education when he gets back to the station! The council, of course, hit all the right buzzwords:
A council spokeman said: “The council is unable to comment on matters dealt with by the police.
“The safer neighbourhood teams have been made aware of recent incidents affecting the council’s mobile cctv civil parking enforcement operations, which have raised safety issues and in some cases resulted in civil enforcement officers being prevented from carrying out their statutory duties by non-authorised third parties.”
In other words, they are losing money, and they don’t like it. And unlike Tony Soprano, they have no leg-breakers on the payroll. But the police will help out…
Bexley police said: “There are various obstruction offences that may have been committed as well as a potential for a breach of the peace and any police response would be confined to these issues.”
A spokeswoman added: “The fact an officer visited the person in question to point this out, without resorting to any formal action is a good example of safer neighbourhoods teams working within local communities to sort out local issues as quickly and as effectively as possible.
“Local officers do have a role within partnership working to assist in the identification of persons who may have committed offences against byelaws but of course only if this is proportional.”
Wow! I suggest that the next time someone’s up before the beak for extortion, they try out the phrase ‘No, your honour, I was merely displaying a good example of safer neighbourhood conflict resolution!’
Bexley is, of course, prone to this sort of thing:
The move follows the issuing of Warning of Harassment letters by Bexley police at the council’s request, to people posting vitriolic anti-Bexley Council blogs on websites and the council’s proposal to ban people who have had a “warning” about their behaviour, from asking questions at council meetings.
The mask slips. Hey, at least Tony was the sort of guy you could have a drink and a chat with. And he probably didn’t spend all your extorted cash on diversity co-ordinators either!