VIDEO: Swimmers shocked as police restrain man at Littledown Centre

VIDEO: Swimmers shocked as police restrain man at Littledown Centre

VIDEO: Swimmers shocked as police restrain man at Littledown Centre

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POLICE jumped into a swimming pool in their uniforms to remove a man causing a disturbance before handcuffing him on the pool side.

Shocked visitors to the Littledown Centre in Bournemouth watched in amazement as the two officers waded half a length of the pool to pull the man from the water at 6.30pm on Tuesday before handcuffing him and using limb restraints on his legs.

Staff members and other pool users were on hand to help remove the man from the shallow end but police later concluded no offence had been committed.

Chief Inspector Chris Weeks of Bournemouth police confirmed officers had been called to the centre following a report of a disturbance.

He added: “Dorset Police responded to a report of an aggressive male shouting and swearing in a public place.

“There were concerns for members of the public as this incident was taking place in a public swimming pool.

“The officers in attendance were faced with a potentially high-risk environment to work in where positive action was essential to prevent a breach of the peace.

“When the officers tried to remove the man from the pool, he was very aggressive. 

"On removing the man from the pool he had to be handcuffed to the front. He tried to kick out with his legs requiring the officers to apply limb restraints.  The officers acted appropriately at all times using Home Office approved methods and equipment.”

He said swift action was taken to remove the man from the pool but said no further action was taken following inquiries. The man was taken home.

Colette Kiernander, general manager at the Littledown Centre, said: “There was an incident, which is currently being reviewed.

“Employees monitored the situation closely at all times in accordance with our procedures and I’d like to thank them and the authorities for their assistance.”

One spectator at the pool, Sharese Taylor, sent the Echo video footage she took of the incident.

Footage posted by Sharese Taylor on YouTube

One onlooker has told the Daily Echo she believes the man was unfairly treated by Littledown staff and the police.

She said: “A man did indeed have unacceptable threatening behaviour to a bunch of young boys who were splashing around him and potentially being a nuisance. They did not deserve the abuse the man threw at them.

“What followed was farcical – four police cars, an entourage of police and members of the general public filling every window available.

“We need to be much more supportive and open with people who are clearly distressed.

“At no time did I see him hit out. I fully believe this man would have been OK to continue his swim.”

Dorset Police declined to confirm how many officers attended the scene.

Edit: this story was changed on October 4 to correct the suggestion in Chief Inspector Chris Weeks quotes that the man was handcuffed in the pool.

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12:16pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Angry_of_Merley says...

maybe his swimming shorts were too long . .
maybe his swimming shorts were too long . . Angry_of_Merley
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12:24pm Thu 4 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

What happened to the unruly youths.
What happened to the unruly youths. pete woodley
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12:29pm Thu 4 Oct 12

oldharryrocks! says...

Liking the director's commentary on the film clip!
Liking the director's commentary on the film clip! oldharryrocks!
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12:31pm Thu 4 Oct 12

B.F.G says...

Len Fairclough up to his old tricks again eh?
Len Fairclough up to his old tricks again eh? B.F.G
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12:40pm Thu 4 Oct 12

markymark3 says...

So the onlooker would have been quite happy for her kids to be there while this man was swearing, there's a big difference between swearing on a saturday night on the street, and a public swimming pool.
So the onlooker would have been quite happy for her kids to be there while this man was swearing, there's a big difference between swearing on a saturday night on the street, and a public swimming pool. markymark3
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12:51pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Arthur Maureen says...

I blame the surf reef
I blame the surf reef Arthur Maureen
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12:51pm Thu 4 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

markymark3 wrote:
So the onlooker would have been quite happy for her kids to be there while this man was swearing, there's a big difference between swearing on a saturday night on the street, and a public swimming pool.
We do not know the whole story,but as the man was not charged,we can assume he was not committing an offence.
[quote][p][bold]markymark3[/bold] wrote: So the onlooker would have been quite happy for her kids to be there while this man was swearing, there's a big difference between swearing on a saturday night on the street, and a public swimming pool.[/p][/quote]We do not know the whole story,but as the man was not charged,we can assume he was not committing an offence. pete woodley
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12:57pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Azphreal says...

Well nice to see the police can handcuff someone when no offence has taken place.
Well nice to see the police can handcuff someone when no offence has taken place. Azphreal
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1:02pm Thu 4 Oct 12

cyclejim says...

Does the Littledown Centre not have a policy surrounding video and photography in the public viewing area?
Does the Littledown Centre not have a policy surrounding video and photography in the public viewing area? cyclejim
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1:04pm Thu 4 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

cyclejim.yes i think you are right.
cyclejim.yes i think you are right. pete woodley
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1:27pm Thu 4 Oct 12

TinyLegacy says...

"OMG, how many cops are there?" Need an abacus, love?
"OMG, how many cops are there?" Need an abacus, love? TinyLegacy
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2:07pm Thu 4 Oct 12

jobsworthwatch says...

The police jumped in fully clothed to restrain the man?
Didn't the health and safety legislation a while back prevent a policeman from 'jumping in' to save a man who was drowning?
The police jumped in fully clothed to restrain the man? Didn't the health and safety legislation a while back prevent a policeman from 'jumping in' to save a man who was drowning? jobsworthwatch
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2:24pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Old Colonial says...

“We need to be much more supportive and open with people who are clearly distressed. At no time did I see him hit out. I fully believe this man would have been OK to continue his swim.” Exactly.

1. The Littledown had the chance to have staff on hand trained in dealing with people likely to react as this man did as part of wider disability support services. But no interest and funding cut. They certainly need to review their procedures PDQ.

2. The alleged behaviour of the young boys should have been a priority also.

3. As for swearing, in my experience of working at the Centre, more bad language and behaviour comes from young boys in the changing rooms than any group of adult males.

I hope the man recovers from what was likely to have been for him a very traumatic event.
“We need to be much more supportive and open with people who are clearly distressed. At no time did I see him hit out. I fully believe this man would have been OK to continue his swim.” Exactly. 1. The Littledown had the chance to have staff on hand trained in dealing with people likely to react as this man did as part of wider disability support services. But no interest and funding cut. They certainly need to review their procedures PDQ. 2. The alleged behaviour of the young boys should have been a priority also. 3. As for swearing, in my experience of working at the Centre, more bad language and behaviour comes from young boys in the changing rooms than any group of adult males. I hope the man recovers from what was likely to have been for him a very traumatic event. Old Colonial
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2:36pm Thu 4 Oct 12

allornothing says...

Azphreal wrote:
Well nice to see the police can handcuff someone when no offence has taken place.
to quote....

“When the officers tried to remove the man from the pool, he was very aggressive.

"On removing the man from the pool he had to be handcuffed to the front. He tried to kick out with his legs requiring the officers to apply limb restraints. The officers acted appropriately at all times using Home Office approved methods and equipment.”

Section 5 Public Order is the offence. I'm sure a number of the swimmers were offended by this male.

Police have the right to handcuff anyone that is 'potentially' violent. If this male is showing signs of aggression, I would class that as potentially violent
[quote][p][bold]Azphreal[/bold] wrote: Well nice to see the police can handcuff someone when no offence has taken place.[/p][/quote]to quote.... “When the officers tried to remove the man from the pool, he was very aggressive. "On removing the man from the pool he had to be handcuffed to the front. He tried to kick out with his legs requiring the officers to apply limb restraints. The officers acted appropriately at all times using Home Office approved methods and equipment.” Section 5 Public Order is the offence. I'm sure a number of the swimmers were offended by this male. Police have the right to handcuff anyone that is 'potentially' violent. If this male is showing signs of aggression, I would class that as potentially violent allornothing
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2:43pm Thu 4 Oct 12

nicoAFCB says...

The main factor that hasn't been stated here was the man quite clearly had mental health issues and staff dealt with this to the best of there abilities.
The main factor that hasn't been stated here was the man quite clearly had mental health issues and staff dealt with this to the best of there abilities. nicoAFCB
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3:07pm Thu 4 Oct 12

scrumpyjack says...

I love the people who just kept on swimming; how very british.
I love the people who just kept on swimming; how very british. scrumpyjack
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4:35pm Thu 4 Oct 12

muscliffman says...

Seems to be the usual 'modern' problem of a full coach load or two of Police Officers turning up for relatively minor incidents/accidents.

Does not help their case against front-line cuts, apart from the waste of existing resources.
New Commissioner please note.
Seems to be the usual 'modern' problem of a full coach load or two of Police Officers turning up for relatively minor incidents/accidents. Does not help their case against front-line cuts, apart from the waste of existing resources. New Commissioner please note. muscliffman
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5:17pm Thu 4 Oct 12

manyogie says...

cyclejim wrote:
Does the Littledown Centre not have a policy surrounding video and photography in the public viewing area?
Correct, as at the Dolphin, basically, no filming, cameras or image taking due, in the main, to stop predatory perverts.
Suggest `Sharese` stop advertising her disregard of this condition of use and worry more about how many Police could turn up at her house than how many are on on wan*er out to bully and spoil others day out.
[quote][p][bold]cyclejim[/bold] wrote: Does the Littledown Centre not have a policy surrounding video and photography in the public viewing area?[/p][/quote]Correct, as at the Dolphin, basically, no filming, cameras or image taking due, in the main, to stop predatory perverts. Suggest `Sharese` stop advertising her disregard of this condition of use and worry more about how many Police could turn up at her house than how many are on on wan*er out to bully and spoil others day out. manyogie
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5:19pm Thu 4 Oct 12

manyogie says...

Old Colonial wrote:
“We need to be much more supportive and open with people who are clearly distressed. At no time did I see him hit out. I fully believe this man would have been OK to continue his swim.” Exactly.

1. The Littledown had the chance to have staff on hand trained in dealing with people likely to react as this man did as part of wider disability support services. But no interest and funding cut. They certainly need to review their procedures PDQ.

2. The alleged behaviour of the young boys should have been a priority also.

3. As for swearing, in my experience of working at the Centre, more bad language and behaviour comes from young boys in the changing rooms than any group of adult males.

I hope the man recovers from what was likely to have been for him a very traumatic event.
co*k !
If youd been the target, youd be jumpin up n down wantin punishment
Nimby !
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: “We need to be much more supportive and open with people who are clearly distressed. At no time did I see him hit out. I fully believe this man would have been OK to continue his swim.” Exactly. 1. The Littledown had the chance to have staff on hand trained in dealing with people likely to react as this man did as part of wider disability support services. But no interest and funding cut. They certainly need to review their procedures PDQ. 2. The alleged behaviour of the young boys should have been a priority also. 3. As for swearing, in my experience of working at the Centre, more bad language and behaviour comes from young boys in the changing rooms than any group of adult males. I hope the man recovers from what was likely to have been for him a very traumatic event.[/p][/quote]co*k ! If youd been the target, youd be jumpin up n down wantin punishment Nimby ! manyogie
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5:34pm Thu 4 Oct 12

looby31 says...

I was shocked not at the man, not at how the staff or police handled the situation, but by the mums encouraging their children to laugh at and jeer at a clearly vulnerable and mentally unwell man while they took videos and photos of him. Yes watch with compassion and concern but to mock him? What sort of generation are we bringing up? My 7 year old was having swimming lessons at the time. And I was able to explain to her that he was unwell and did not understand unlike some other parents who thought it was funny.
I was shocked not at the man, not at how the staff or police handled the situation, but by the mums encouraging their children to laugh at and jeer at a clearly vulnerable and mentally unwell man while they took videos and photos of him. Yes watch with compassion and concern but to mock him? What sort of generation are we bringing up? My 7 year old was having swimming lessons at the time. And I was able to explain to her that he was unwell and did not understand unlike some other parents who thought it was funny. looby31
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5:37pm Thu 4 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

Looby31,nice to see someone who had compassion.
Looby31,nice to see someone who had compassion. pete woodley
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8:01pm Thu 4 Oct 12

bobthedestroyer says...

I trust Sharese got everyone's permission to put the video on YouTube. I'm sure the Littledown Centre have clear notices around that. Also the Echo promoting said video, again a breach of people's privacy. Or am I bring pedantic?! Current PC world, who the he'll knows anymore.
I trust Sharese got everyone's permission to put the video on YouTube. I'm sure the Littledown Centre have clear notices around that. Also the Echo promoting said video, again a breach of people's privacy. Or am I bring pedantic?! Current PC world, who the he'll knows anymore. bobthedestroyer
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8:51pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Palantir says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
I trust Sharese got everyone's permission to put the video on YouTube. I'm sure the Littledown Centre have clear notices around that. Also the Echo promoting said video, again a breach of people's privacy. Or am I bring pedantic?! Current PC world, who the he'll knows anymore.
Look out for tomorrow's story where Sharese has been banned from the pool for disregard of that rule!
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: I trust Sharese got everyone's permission to put the video on YouTube. I'm sure the Littledown Centre have clear notices around that. Also the Echo promoting said video, again a breach of people's privacy. Or am I bring pedantic?! Current PC world, who the he'll knows anymore.[/p][/quote]Look out for tomorrow's story where Sharese has been banned from the pool for disregard of that rule! Palantir
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11:44pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Yankee1 says...

Taser + water = shocking.
Taser + water = shocking. Yankee1
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12:40am Fri 5 Oct 12

s-pb2 says...

Cant see why people have issue with the police action here. Police would have received call from Littledown that man in pool being aggressive and potentially violent enough to warrant a 999. Police get there and their sole aim is to make sure everyone is safe first, hence the action, then ask questions later.
Cant see why people have issue with the police action here. Police would have received call from Littledown that man in pool being aggressive and potentially violent enough to warrant a 999. Police get there and their sole aim is to make sure everyone is safe first, hence the action, then ask questions later. s-pb2
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1:42am Fri 5 Oct 12

hello12345 says...

I am personally shocked that people are up in arms about both the police and the staff here. At the end of the day the staff are there to ensure the safety of all pool users. Im certain they wouldn't have got the police involved if this man hadn't done anything wrong? As for the filming, yes it would not be allowed in the poolside area however i am certain anyone can see that the staff were occupied with dealing with this incident rather than trying to stop a recording that people know they shouldn't be doing anyway.

There is not enough respect for people doing the correct things in these situations, I mean if the staff allowed this man to continue then there would have been a story about a disruptive man who was allowed to stay in the pool.
I am personally shocked that people are up in arms about both the police and the staff here. At the end of the day the staff are there to ensure the safety of all pool users. Im certain they wouldn't have got the police involved if this man hadn't done anything wrong? As for the filming, yes it would not be allowed in the poolside area however i am certain anyone can see that the staff were occupied with dealing with this incident rather than trying to stop a recording that people know they shouldn't be doing anyway. There is not enough respect for people doing the correct things in these situations, I mean if the staff allowed this man to continue then there would have been a story about a disruptive man who was allowed to stay in the pool. hello12345
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9:08am Fri 5 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

It still looks like it was NOT handled in a correct manner,and if the man has mental problems,then it was definetly the wrong way to deal with him and very disturbing,were the youths taking the mickey?,it would not be the first time.so they get away with their actions do they.Looby31's comment is refreshing to hear,old colonial,also makes some good points.Some of the parents should be ashamed of themselves.
It still looks like it was NOT handled in a correct manner,and if the man has mental problems,then it was definetly the wrong way to deal with him and very disturbing,were the youths taking the mickey?,it would not be the first time.so they get away with their actions do they.Looby31's comment is refreshing to hear,old colonial,also makes some good points.Some of the parents should be ashamed of themselves. pete woodley
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9:58am Fri 5 Oct 12

lily4me says...

Of course it was handled correctly - the problem is that the people who make these comments have no life experience when it comes to dealing with violent people. The Police acted according to the conditions at the time. For once just show respect for what they do and what they have to deal with. I wonder how you would deal with it Mr Woodley ??!!
Of course it was handled correctly - the problem is that the people who make these comments have no life experience when it comes to dealing with violent people. The Police acted according to the conditions at the time. For once just show respect for what they do and what they have to deal with. I wonder how you would deal with it Mr Woodley ??!! lily4me
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10:56am Fri 5 Oct 12

scrumpyjack says...

Yankee1 wrote:
Taser + water = shocking.
lol
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: Taser + water = shocking.[/p][/quote]lol scrumpyjack
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11:32am Fri 5 Oct 12

hello12345 says...

pete woodley wrote:
It still looks like it was NOT handled in a correct manner,and if the man has mental problems,then it was definetly the wrong way to deal with him and very disturbing,were the youths taking the mickey?,it would not be the first time.so they get away with their actions do they.Looby31's comment is refreshing to hear,old colonial,also makes some good points.Some of the parents should be ashamed of themselves.
I can ensure you that the staff are told to treat all customers the same. If they treat somebody different because of disabilities then this would be discrimination. And as for the youths i am sure they were dealt with in accordance to what they have done, most pools have a warning system for behavior like this. I just think that its wrong that people automatically assume that the staff didn't handle it correctly. It does not mention what happened to the youths and yet people are guessing nothing !!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: It still looks like it was NOT handled in a correct manner,and if the man has mental problems,then it was definetly the wrong way to deal with him and very disturbing,were the youths taking the mickey?,it would not be the first time.so they get away with their actions do they.Looby31's comment is refreshing to hear,old colonial,also makes some good points.Some of the parents should be ashamed of themselves.[/p][/quote]I can ensure you that the staff are told to treat all customers the same. If they treat somebody different because of disabilities then this would be discrimination. And as for the youths i am sure they were dealt with in accordance to what they have done, most pools have a warning system for behavior like this. I just think that its wrong that people automatically assume that the staff didn't handle it correctly. It does not mention what happened to the youths and yet people are guessing nothing !! hello12345
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12:22pm Fri 5 Oct 12

hammer says...

I am a regular swimmer and have been the victim of "pool rage" over the past few years. I have been sworn at, kicked while swimming - there are some nutters out there!
I am a regular swimmer and have been the victim of "pool rage" over the past few years. I have been sworn at, kicked while swimming - there are some nutters out there! hammer
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2:17pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Gooby! says...

hammer wrote:
I am a regular swimmer and have been the victim of "pool rage" over the past few years. I have been sworn at, kicked while swimming - there are some nutters out there!
Somehow, I dont find that hard to believe!
[quote][p][bold]hammer[/bold] wrote: I am a regular swimmer and have been the victim of "pool rage" over the past few years. I have been sworn at, kicked while swimming - there are some nutters out there![/p][/quote]Somehow, I dont find that hard to believe! Gooby!
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3:45pm Fri 5 Oct 12

kangman2012 says...

Obviously some numpty Littledown staff member gave the police an inflated impression of the incident hence the OTT police reaction to what was a very minor incident that should have been dealt with by Littledown. Reminds me of Planet of the Apes!
Obviously some numpty Littledown staff member gave the police an inflated impression of the incident hence the OTT police reaction to what was a very minor incident that should have been dealt with by Littledown. Reminds me of Planet of the Apes! kangman2012
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5:32pm Fri 5 Oct 12

lelbel says...

another clip that will appear on youtube no doubt.
another clip that will appear on youtube no doubt. lelbel
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5:53pm Fri 5 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

The video is going on tv tonight,is nothing sacred.
The video is going on tv tonight,is nothing sacred. pete woodley
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5:55pm Fri 5 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

lily4me wrote:
Of course it was handled correctly - the problem is that the people who make these comments have no life experience when it comes to dealing with violent people. The Police acted according to the conditions at the time. For once just show respect for what they do and what they have to deal with. I wonder how you would deal with it Mr Woodley ??!!
I have had loads of experience as did security for many years.Dont make comments till you know the person you are attacking.
[quote][p][bold]lily4me[/bold] wrote: Of course it was handled correctly - the problem is that the people who make these comments have no life experience when it comes to dealing with violent people. The Police acted according to the conditions at the time. For once just show respect for what they do and what they have to deal with. I wonder how you would deal with it Mr Woodley ??!![/p][/quote]I have had loads of experience as did security for many years.Dont make comments till you know the person you are attacking. pete woodley
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6:10pm Fri 5 Oct 12

mr_bean says...

Just watching the report on ITV South and while obviously not sure about all the story, what amazes me is the police could send (reportedly according to Sherase) FOUR police cars. Yet when we want something done about for example the disgraceful anti-social riding of bikes through the Boscombe pedestrian precinct they're nowhere to be seen! I do have a lot of sympathy for the police but it certainly diminishes when it seems they're quite prepared to rush in numbers to a silly little incident like this. And what about the Jobsworths at the pool - couldn't they handle it themselves, or are they just too ready to ratchet it up into something excessive?
Just watching the report on ITV South and while obviously not sure about all the story, what amazes me is the police could send (reportedly according to Sherase) FOUR police cars. Yet when we want something done about for example the disgraceful anti-social riding of bikes through the Boscombe pedestrian precinct they're nowhere to be seen! I do have a lot of sympathy for the police but it certainly diminishes when it seems they're quite prepared to rush in numbers to a silly little incident like this. And what about the Jobsworths at the pool - couldn't they handle it themselves, or are they just too ready to ratchet it up into something excessive? mr_bean
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7:08pm Fri 5 Oct 12

fifty shades of brown envelopes says...

I would like to see the nutters off this site on a video
that would give us all an lol
I would like to see the nutters off this site on a video that would give us all an lol fifty shades of brown envelopes
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9:31am Sat 6 Oct 12

mr_bean says...

fifty shades of brown envelopes wrote:
I would like to see the nutters off this site on a video
that would give us all an lol
What you talking there, man? Please give a translation into normal English so we can know whether to praise or pillory you......
[quote][p][bold]fifty shades of brown envelopes[/bold] wrote: I would like to see the nutters off this site on a video that would give us all an lol[/p][/quote]What you talking there, man? Please give a translation into normal English so we can know whether to praise or pillory you...... mr_bean
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5:40pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Simonb12 says...

That will teach him trying to slip in on a student/OAP ticket, this is the only launguage these people understand. I hope he gets five years.
That will teach him trying to slip in on a student/OAP ticket, this is the only launguage these people understand. I hope he gets five years. Simonb12
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8:39pm Sat 6 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

Simonb12 wrote:
That will teach him trying to slip in on a student/OAP ticket, this is the only launguage these people understand. I hope he gets five years.
What on earth are you on about.
[quote][p][bold]Simonb12[/bold] wrote: That will teach him trying to slip in on a student/OAP ticket, this is the only launguage these people understand. I hope he gets five years.[/p][/quote]What on earth are you on about. pete woodley
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