Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Britain is awash with real crime so cowardly police arrest a kid for poor taste
A teenager who drunkenly posted a picture of himself burning a poppy on Facebook was in police custody last night.
Officers arrested Linford House after they received a complaint about the image that was published in the early hours of Remembrance Sunday.
When police called at his parents’ home that evening, the 19-year-old had already taken down the image on a friend’s advice..
His father Keith, 50, branded him ‘idiotic’ and said the whole family had been disappointed by his behaviour. But he questioned whether it was right to hold the teenager.
‘He has been stupid but it’s totally out of order to arrest him over one complaint,’ he said.
House was arrested under the Malicious Communications Act, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a £5,000 fine.
The family from Aylesham near Canterbury has the support of civil liberties groups, which claim the arrest is an infringement of free speech.
Nick Pickles, from pressure group Big Brother Watch, said: ‘It is not illegal to offend people and, however idiotic or insensitive the picture may have been, it is certainly not worthy of arrest.
Convictions for internet abuse have more than doubled in the space of five years, alongside the enormous growth in social media sites. The number has grown from 498 in 2007 to 1,286 in 2011
See HERE for the disgusting real crime situation in Britain.