AS a PR own goal it was a classic, a bit like the car. When a Dorset police officer decided to book a Wimborne driver for having an ‘illegal’ air horn, he obviously had no idea of the publicity that would rain down on the force.

Wayne Duke was taking a couple to their wedding reception in his 1969 Dodge Charger, similar to the one in the series, The Dukes of Hazzard. After issuing a ticket, the police have ripped it up, citing ‘bad press’ as one of the reasons.

The moral of the story? Just like Boss Hogg, don’t mess with any of the Duke Boys. Not unless you’ve read the Road Traffic Act properly.