A formal complaint was made to Lancashire Police about ‘Babs’ who has been at the centre of a growing row in Clitheroe.
Some residents have been calling for her removal from public view in the window of The Time Train retro shop where she has been standing for the past five months.
And by ‘some residents’, I suspect we are talking about (as with the recent Enid Blyton controversy) a tiny fraction of the population whose vocal output is out of all proportion to their numbers.
But, 2013 being what it is, the police – instead of pointing out that no crime has been committed and their boss says they are only to focus on crimes – are right round there like rats up a drainpipe:
Police received the complaint on Saturday and an officer went to the shop, asking them to clothe ‘Babs’ more appropriately.
I’d love to have been a fly on the wall for that conversation, wouldn’t you? Me, I’d have smiled sweetly and announced my intentions to purchase Babs a nice new burkha…
And no. I don’t have any sympathy at all for the individual cop who got the thankless task. I’m sick and tired of the ‘Oh, but they have to do this, they are just obeying orders!’ excuse.
Luckily, Mr Taylor proved to be of much stronger stuff and responded to this visit in good old English fashion – he sent them away with a flea in their ear!
Matt Taylor, 31, joint shop owner, said he has no intention of giving in and the police left without taking any action.
But don’t think for a moment that that’s the last of it, oh, dear me, no…
A petition against ‘Babs’ is reportedly being put together and is expected to be given to Ribble Valley Council.
Ribble Valley Council should dump it straight in the bin.