Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sus Laws: Have We learned From History?

If you are as old as I am, you will remember the furore in the seventies and eighties concerning the so called sus laws.
As an aside, everybody got the laws mixed up at the time and the issue wasn't with S4 Vagrancy Act 1824, as suggested by Wikipedia, which was not a power of search, but was all about the various powers of search held by police officers at the time. The main focus was in London and the real problem was S66 Metropolitan Police Act 1839 (on which little material is now available).
It is argued that stop and search led to the Brixton Riots and the subsequent report by Lord Justice Scarman.
Therefore, we have learned that stop and search is to be used sparingly in a proportionate manner.
It is fortunate that Hayle Town Council has learned the lessons of history. In response to a complaint from one resident, the council has decided that the time is right to empower police to approach dog owners and demand the production of dog waste bags. As reported by This Is Cornwall: Hayle Town Council has decided to ask Cornwall Council to amend its dog control order to give officers the power to check if a dog-owner has bags on them, after a Hayle resident complained that dog mess was a big problem in the town.
No longer will it be "excuse me, sir, please hand me that knife you're carrying" or, "madam, I believe you have a weapon in your bag". It will now be "come along, sir, get your bags out".
Let's hope that Hayle doesn't face the same backlash as that, which was experienced by London in the eighties.
Article here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Problem In Shitterton?

While this news is a few years old, I feel it warrants a mention.
Has it ever been necessary to deal with a bog in Bognor? Are special measures required to protect against the rain in Rainham?
I don't know but it is a recorded fact that dog fouling has been an issue in Shitterton! The Bere Regis Parish Council Minutes for May 2009 record as follows:
Village environment
Dog poo bins had been requested for Snow Hill, Shitterton, and Chalk Pit Close.
Shitterton - a great place to live if only for the address!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Decisions, decisions ...

OK readers - I am in a dilemma and I need your help desperately !!!!!!

At 6am this morning I took my dog Kipper out for his morning walk. As usual I was carrying my dog poo bags and set off on our usual route around the streets and thru' the woods.

Kipper stopped twice in short succession and did a poo. No problem, I used my bags and cleared up after him. Luckily there are a few builders skips along the route so I could get rid of the bags into them. He then stopped right outside someone's driveway and proceeded to curl out another poo.

Now this is where it all goes wrong as I realise I have only brought two bags out with me and now I can't pick up this one!!

Nothing for it. I leave the poo where it is and start to walk off. All of a sudden a woman in the house starts banging on the window, screaming and shouting obscenities at me!! Don't ask why someone was looking out their window at six in the morning in the dark and pouring rain - but she was!!

I didn't want to get into a conversation with such an angry woman and I knew she wouldn't let me explain I didn't have a bag - so I left the scene of the crime with her shouts still ringing in my ears.

Now here is the question - what do I do? I have spent the last few years highlighting such anti-social behaviour that I am now party to.

Do I return and face the music or alter my dog walking route, avoid the area forever more and chalk it up to experience ?

I am in your hands readers !!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The News Shopper leads The Way Again!

Once again, our thanks go to South East Operative, "Julian", for sniffing out an excellent report by the News Shopper. By clicking on the picture below, you can read the comments of various members of the public, who have mixed views on the poster shown.
I think I like the reporter, David Archer. It cannot be coincidence that he uses the expression "played down the matter". I sense something of a kindred spirit in him.
What does this prove? Well, nothing if not that there are still mixed views regarding how to deal with this problem.
That said, I love the poster, it made me want to rub my shoe on my computer screen just to see if anything would come off!
Can You Feel Your Feet Slipping?


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Possibly The Most Vile Post Yet

I am a man of the world and have had to do a few stomach churning things in my time. That said, I was only just prepared for the video below.
If you do not have a strong stomach then I urge you not to watch it. My aim is to educate the world about dog fouling, not to cause our followers and readers to be ill, especially not if watching in their workplace or on a train! I well remember a fellow commuter heaving up on the train some four years ago. Thankfully, he returned later in the week looking none the worse for the experience but, like all of us, he could have done without it!
This video, once again, shows how dog fouling has become entrenched within our culture. Two generations ago, would anyone have thought to make a video about eating dog faeces? I fancy not! I also cannot understand why these young people have chosen to clear up in this way but it takes all sorts!
I have looked at this video a few times and cannot see any pipes or tubes, which suggest that this video is faked. That said, can it really be genuine? I just don't know. Perhaps our followers and readers with strong stomachs will leave comments regarding their assessment of the events depicted?

I cannot warn you enough, this is really bad!



Friday, February 01, 2013

Give a Sh*t For Valentine's Day

So advises the Streetkleen team!
This is all about raising awareness of dog fouling in a humorous way. That said, it also gives a clear indication, if one were needed, of the way dog fouling is now a deeply embedded part of our culture.
Now I regard myself as a fairly rational and balanced individual but even I occasionally feel the burning embers of revenge ignite within the core of my being and I feel the urge to communicate with individuals from my past.
Streetkleen will do it for you on Valentine's day. See the picture below.

This is a stroke of pure genius! I will have to quote them as they put it better than I could hope to: "A pile of faux pax excrement will be delivered especially to them on Valentine's Day, February 14th 2013. Delicately wrapped in a heart shaped box with a loving bow and accompanied by a personalised note or left traditionally anonymous". They go on to suggest a message (of which there are several!):

Roses are Red Violets are Blue
Sh*t stinks....and so do you!

All this for just under £30; bargain!
Obviously, there are some romantic devils at Streetkleen HQ! I think we have all gone wrong at some time in our lives on Valentine's day. As the day approached last year, my wife asked me if I knew what her favourite flower is. I replied that I thought it was Homepride and things have never been quite the same since!
I can say little more other than to wish success to this venture and hope that the legal actions are kept to a minimum!
Place your orders here.

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