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Under a Home Office-run scheme, people such as park wardens, dog wardens, car park attendants and shopping centre guards receive the powers if they undergo training, and pay a small fee to their local police force.
Their powers include issuing £60 fines for truancy and dropping litter, and being able to demand a person's name and address on the street.
Phil Booth, of the NO2ID privacy campaign, said: 'This sharp increase in Jacqui Smith's Irregulars makes you wonder what her policing ambitions are.'
There are many no go areas in the UK for the police, how long before one is stabbed or shot.
Originally posted by purehughness
'Bloody hell, give them a uniform and they think they're Hitler!'
Young Ones jokes aside, this is pretty crazy.
But I think you're right, in practice it could never work. If I were ever stopped by a car park attendant with delusions of grandeur, it would be 'yeah whatever mate, go find someone who can actually do something. If you really care about it that much.'
Because they won't be able to do much at all if you ignore them, name and address? No ta!
Originally posted by lightchild
The police aren't a problem, there are so few of them, by the time they arrive you will have escaped.