The news you're not supposed to know...

Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand the World
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
Article posted May 14 2008, 11:46 PM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: The Daily Mail Print

Man spends 18 hours in police cell and has his DNA taken for 'dropping an apple core'


He only popped out to run a couple of errands for his disabled wife.

But Keith Hirst ended up spending the night in a police cell after being accused of dropping an apple core.

Despite strenuously denying the allegation, the former plumber, who has a heart condition, was taken into custody by up to five uniformed officers and had his DNA and fingerprints taken.

By then his worried family were calling hospitals, fearing he had been in an accident.

It wasn't until nearly 11pm that he was able to ring them and explain what had happened.

He was finally released after 18 hours behind bars.

Mr Hirst, 54, said yesterday he would fight to clear his name in a case which could leave him with a criminal record and cost taxpayers thousands of pounds.

"The way I was treated you would have thought I had robbed a bank," he said.

"My family are law-abiding people and I would help if I saw a gang of yobs attacking a police officer.

"This kind of incident does not help in improving relations between the community and police."

Mr Hirst had just come out of a post office near his home in Swinton, Greater Manchester, and was heading for the chemists to collect his wife's prescription when a community support officer accused him of littering.

He said the officer wanted to issue him with a 50 on-the-spot fine for littering.

"There was a chap there in a fluorescent jacket, big sunglasses, and a baseball cap, on a bike, with a wad of tickets and a pen. He said, 'Why did you drop that apple core?' and I told him I didn't drop an apple core.

"He then said he wanted my name and address. He was an over-zealous young lad, baying to give me a ticket.

"I told him I was on my way to the shops but would be walking back that way if he wanted to speak to me later."

Mr Hirst says that when he emerged from the chemists he claimed he was surrounded by five uniformed officers.

"I said I had done nothing wrong and so was not telling them who I was," he said.

He was taken to the police station, where his belongings were taken and his DNA and finger-prints recorded before being locked in the cells overnight.

He twice had to be seen by a doctor after complaining of dizziness and chest pains.

After being charged with littering and obstructing a police officer, the following morning he was handcuffed to a security guard to appear before local magistrates.

His wife, whose disability is due to a back problem, said: "The first I knew about it was when Keith called at 10.45pm.

"He'd gone to the Post Office at lunchtime. We did not know where he was and my daughter had been ringing hospitals. The whole case is ridiculous."

A police source claimed Mr Hirst had flung the apple core across the road, almost hitting someone.

The source added that Mr Hirst refused to give his details to a single officer called in by the PCSO as back-up after he behaved rudely and aggressively. This officer requested two more officers to arrest him.

If he had provided his address he would have been released from custody, the source added.

The obstruction charge was subsequently dropped but Mr Hirst is due to face trial before a district judge for the alleged littering offence last month.

He could face a 2,500 fine or up to six months in prison.

Superintendent Ian Palmer, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Littering is an offence. We work tirelessly to ensure the streets are not only safe but also clean."

Earlier this year, the Daily Mail told how Kate Badger, 25, from Wolverhampton, was taken to court after being accused of throwing an apple core from her car.

The case, which dragged on for a year at a cost of at least 2,800, was later dropped.

Last month, Sarah Davies, 20, was fined 75 after dropping a piece of sausage roll she was feeding to her four-year-old daughter in Hull.

Latest Big Brother/Orwellian
- Life in The Electronic Concentration Camp: The Surveillance State Is Alive and Well
- The Mathematical Paradox That Destroys The Argument For NSA Surveillance
- Undercover Agents Fathered Children With Women After Infiltrating Activist Groups
- WeAreChange Blocked in France Because of New Censorship Law
- Pew Research Poll: 40% of Millennials Want to Restrict Free Speech
- France Responds to Paris Attacks by Rushing Through Internet Censorship Law
- After Endless Demonization of Encryption, Police Find Paris Attackers Coordinated Via Unencrypted SMS
- VIDEO: 'Safe Space' Students Silence Asian Woman For Saying 'Black People Can Be Racist'

Comments 1 - 9 of 9 Add Comment Page 1 of 1

Posted: May 15 2008, 8:33 PM

I just saw the headline and thought Daily Mail. Hegelmania, emotional rollercoasters R us. Very bad for you brain, these are top notch risk manufacturers and always to be read noting the source. They always want something, it is always your mind.
Bush Hater

Posted: May 16 2008, 9:29 PM

6772 Shit, you Brits are crazier than the asshole in the American white house.

Posted: May 17 2008, 11:10 AM

6760 Obviously the police there don't have enough to do or are suffering from some feelings of inadequacy. This is just another example of big brother gone bonkers......

Posted: May 17 2008, 8:35 PM

The story was in the Daily Mail, I don't presume it is true, they are liars. At one time I checked out some of their stories, they were turned out to be complete fabrications I presented evidence of the same in one instance face to face with the Daily Mail 'reporter' responsible. It is a fiction factory.

Posted: Jun 21 2008, 4:31 AM

7572 You control the police. They CANNOT TELL YOU WHAT TO DO without the consent of large numbers of people.

Stand up and let it be known that this kind of miscarriage of justice is unacceptable.

You pay their salaries.

Posted: Jun 29 2008, 3:50 AM

86167 If this story were true it's utterly ludicrous.

But given the source I woulddn't believe a word of it.

The only things you will find in the daily mail that aren't utter fabrications of right wing nutjobs are the price and the date on the front page.

Posted: Jun 30 2008, 8:31 PM

6817 With all of the camera watching every citizen's every move, can't he use video to prove his innocence?
James Smith

Posted: Nov 20 2013, 3:03 PM

179186 The UK and the USA are no longer free countries. They are police states where the rules of decent behavior and responsible actions are no longer applied to the police.

My advice to anyone from either of this countries is to move to a more civilized place. Almost any emerging country will be better. I particularly recommend Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, or Norway. If you prefer warmer climates, There is the rapidly-emerging Brazil where I am.
Steve Rush

Posted: Oct 14 2014, 4:20 AM

9942 I wonder if that "community support officer" carries an apple core, to assist in meeting his ticket quota.
Comments 1 - 9 of 9 Page 1 of 1

Add Comment


Verification *
Please Enter the Verification Code Seen Below

Please see our About Page, our Disclaimer, and our Comments Policy.

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which in some cases has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for the purposes of news reporting, education, research, comment, and criticism, which constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users.

About Us - Disclaimer - Privacy Policy

Advanced Search


Remember Me
Forgot Password?

VIDEO: Off-Duty Cop Rams His SUV Into Man's Car For Trying To Hold Him Accountable For Reckless Driving - 11/30Paul Craig Roberts Rages At The "Arrogance, Hubris, & Stupidity" Of The US Government - 11/30The Mathematical Paradox That Destroys The Argument For NSA Surveillance - 11/30Police Brutality Victim Mysteriously Killed a Day Before Receiving $450k Settlement - 11/30Two Brave Cops Under Attack For Exposing Militarization and Corruption in Their Department - 11/30Donald Sutherland Reveals The Real Meaning Of The Hunger Games - 11/27LA to Scan All Cars, Publicly Shame Anyone Who Drives Through a 'Prostitution Area' - 11/30Details of How The Paris Attacks Were Carried Out Show Little Effort by Attackers to Hide Themselves - 11/30

Man Follows Speeding Cop, Finds Out He Was Speeding To Buy PeanutsMission Creeps: Homeland Security Agents Confiscate Women's Panties For 'Copyright Infringement'Cop Shoots Couple's Dog, Threatens Jail For Trying To Save Dog's LifeSWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Her Dog During Pot Raid On Wrong HomeDurham, NC Cop Testifies Faking 911 Calls To Enter Homes Is "Official Policy"Indiana Sheriff Says US A "War Zone" To Justify New MRAP Military VehicleTampa Cops Surveil Pot Dealer, Catch Him Selling Pot, Raid His Home & Kill Him"You Just Shot An Unarmed Man!": Witness Says Police Shot His Friend With His Hands Up