June 25th, 2010

Oh Bollards!

Posted in The Job - General by 200

When you spend your working life in the public eye you you know it will be a case of when you find your self in an embarassing√ā¬†situation, not if.

Two Liverpool officers took their turn this week in the city centre when a set of electronic recessed bollards suddenly shot up as they drove over them, impaling their police vehicle on them. I do√ā¬†believe√ā¬†I posted a video of √ā¬†exactly the same situation a while back.

The bollards stop access to an area during office hours but the police have a special magnetic key fob which makes them sink back into the ground so their vehicles can pass. Only these particular ones came back up again before the police car had completed it’s manouver.

It doesn’t matter that it might have been faulty equipment, I can imagine the officers wanting a rather larger hole in the road to open up for them. The banter from passing pedestrians must have been a joy to behold.


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  1. the_leander says:

    I’m only laughing because it didn’t happen to me.

    Honest. :D

    June 26th, 2010 at 07:59

  2. Dr Melvin 'Banned from most police blogs' Gray says:

    “Control, I regret we are stuck on Schadenfreude Avenue”.

    June 26th, 2010 at 08:18

  3. Tony F says:

    Even bollards hate Vauxhalls…

    June 26th, 2010 at 23:11

  4. annette says:

    oh yes, that is funny I must admit.
    Poor policemen though!!!

    June 27th, 2010 at 01:59

  5. PC A Hunn says:


    June 27th, 2010 at 09:11

  6. TLB says:

    Oh yes. 1995.
    A Peugeot marked vehicle, complete with those crappy spare tyres they used to put under the rear of the car ‘to save space’.
    Me, driving it. At 48mph(ish!) with blues & 2s up a 30mph residential road complete with speed humps….

    You can guess the rest. The wheel comes off as we go over a speed hump. Roughly 4 dozen local kids stand there milling about and peeing themselves laughing while my colleague tries vainly to put it back on its holder. By the time he succeeds, the job were were going to has ended amicably and we are cancelled.

    That one has bored itself into my brain indelibly. I bet my colleague still gets a laugh out of it from the rookies he tutors in his new force.

    July 12th, 2010 at 02:12

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