Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Shopkeeper was quizzed for eight HOURS by police - and had his computer seized and his DNA swabbed - after cracking 'bad taste' Nelson Mandela jokes on the internet

A sandwich shop owner endured eight hours of questioning by police and had his computer seized for three weeks – after making tasteless Nelson Mandela jokes on the internet.

Neil Phillips, who runs Crumbs in Rugeley, Staffordshire, says he was also finger-printed and DNA-swabbed after officers received complaints about what he insists were harmless gags.

In one online post, the 44-year-old wrote: 'My PC takes so long to shut down I’ve decided to call it Nelson Mandela.'

Mandela, the former South African leader, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, died on Thursday, aged 95.

Mr Phillips was arrested at his home on September 10 and was taken to a police station where he was quizzed about the postings on the Rugeley Soap Box website.

He said: 'It was an awful experience. I was fingerprinted, they took DNA and my computer.  'It was a couple of jokes, Bernard Manning type.  'There was no hatred.

'You can question the taste, but they’re not hateful. I told the police they got plenty of "likes". What happened to freedom of speech?

Staffordshire Police declined to go into detail about the nature of their interview with Mr Phillips. But a spokesman said: 'We can confirm a man was arrested in Rugeley on September 10.

'He was bailed pending further enquiries.

'When he answered bail on September 30, he was informed that there would be no further action based on CPS decision of there being insufficient evidence to support a prosecution.'


The British cops had hours to spend on this nonsense but too bad if your car is stolen.  They don't want to know about that.


Stefan v said...

Fry in hell, Mandela....the Ultimate Necklace. How fitting, you communist scum. When a billion billion trillion years have gone by and it just keeps getting hotter, you'll know it has barely even begun, and it won't ever get better. The hammmer is God's Word, and the Sickle is wielded by Him the joke is on you (and your many buddies and lackeys the world around throughout history). Written in Teutonia, EUSSR Prodction Province No 1.

Anonymous said...

Well, it's Britainistan. What else would you expect from "ground zero" of political correctness. They are a dying nation, so who cares.

Anonymous said...

3:39 - Some people care about the issues even if you are too selfish to care. As usual the police just look for easy "work" to appear "busy", and just make excuses for the difficult stuff (although there might be more to this story than the media report).

Anonymous said...

There must also be more to "3:39"'s frequent Anglophobic outbursts than might first appear. Did his British nanny abuse him/her, or is it the common and very outdated Irish resentment?

Anonymous said...

Since 1994, more than 70,000 (and counting) white South Africans have been murdered of which more than 4000 were commercial farmers. The white population of South Africa was 4,434 697 according to the official state census in 1996, and more than 400,000 white South Africans have left the country. Nearly 2% of white South Africans have been murdered in the 18 years of democracy. Compare that to the 7518 black people that were murdered by the Apartheid government, which comes to a percentage of 0.02% of the black population. Mandela was a racist, a Marxist and a terrorist and his legacy is genocide.

Anonymous said...

It looks like someone let the right wingnuts out again.

Anonymous said...

Oh, how you leftists hate facts.

Anonymous said...

In Britain you WILL toe the line on what to say and not to say, lest the government come get you and abuse and molest you. Watch what you say, Big Brother is watching.

Anonymous said...

3:50 - you mean much like it is in the US with all the surveillance that goes on there, and the undermining of Constitutional rights ?!

Anonymous said...

I am beginning to think englandstan needs to be taken over by Russia for it's own good.

Anonymous said...

Russia has never done any other country any good, and not even itself.