posted on Dec, 12 2002 @ 03:10 PM
These are the events as they happened to me on the 11/12/02 at around about 12:00 midday.
I was driving into Camarthan town in south Wales to do some christmas shopping with my partner. We were going to buy a Play station 2 for my son.
As we got on to the main road leading to the town centre the police (Dyfed Powys Police) pulled the car to one side of the road. They said that "it
was a routine vehicle test". I was found guilty on the spot for bald tyres, fair cop. Then on inspection of the car police officers Said "they saw
pooking out from under the drivers seat what looked like a hand gun (firearm). I was shown the gun and was asked, "what is this sir?" I replied
it's my sons toy gun. Look on the side you can see written in big gold letters OO7" the compartment that the caps go in was open and the nozzle was
cracked, it did look like a broken plastic gun that had been left to rot by my son in the back of my car. I was then asked to step to the side of the
road by one of the police officers and was told that I was under arrest for procession of a firearm. I was read my rights and no matter how much I
pleaded that we was innocent I was bundled into the back of a police car by to extra large police officers. My partner was also arrested and was lead
to a police car by two women officers.
We were both driven to the police station lead to two separate cells and were Forced to strip naked. When I refused I was told by a police Sargent
that if I refused they had every right to force me. His exact words were "There is only one of you and there are many more of us here in this
building, you can use the hard or the easy option but I warn you now if we have to force you it will get nasty". We were being strip searched to see
if we had "any weapons or ammunition on our persons". So there I was standing stark bollock naked in front of two police officer who were both
warring rubber gloves. First they check my cloths then they check me out "bend over sir and pull your bum checks" the youngest officer asked.
"Stand with your legs apart squat down half way a jiggle," asked the second officer. Well if I had an Uzi 9mm between my legs and a magnum 45 up my
arse they would have drop to the ground. If I had the ammo up my arse then I would have had a suicide pact to die. The same things were asked of my
girlfriend. We were then lead to separate cells where we were left for 5-6 hours then we were taken to an interview room on different occasions.
In my interview I was told that they had had the two guns (the other was a small broken toy automatic pistol) that they found in the car taken to a
firearms expert and he verified that they were toy guns. So the charges were dropped and after 7 hours in the police station we were released with no
charges, but they were impounding the car.
So the moral of this episode is don't drive your car around with your kids toy guns in the back! And be careful not to let yours kids out on the
streets with their toy guns. If the police are so paranoid that there are guns around and anyone could have them, how long will it be until they
shoot someone, or a kid, dead for possessing a toy gun. These are worrying times.