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October 1st, 2008

Bring back the Stocks

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Am I the only one somewhat sad that both guys in this photo were nicked this week?

The guy on the right is flooring firm manager Simon Cramer, who discovered the guy on the left Mark Gilbert had fraudulently cashed on the the company’s cheques & made it out to himself.

When Gilbert arrived for work, Cramer & some other employees grabbed him, tied his arms behind his back & put him in the company van to drive him to the middle of an Essex town. They then marched him through the town centre with a home-made placard round his neck reading “Thief. I stole £845. Am on my way to police station.”

Cramer said he was merely effecting a citizen’s arrest but the police took a dimmer view & arrested him for false imprisonment.

OK, maybe they took things a little too far in the way they ‘arrested’ the alleged thief but there is something in me which says ‘serves him right’. I suspect that the humiliation & embarrassment of being paraded through the town centre with a big sign round his neck will have done more than the potential threat of a case at the local magistrates which would probably never get to court anyway either through being cautioned, or dropped by the CPS.

I suggest we do away with all the fixed penalty tickets for disorder, drunkenness & minor violence & instead parade people through town centres for a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon. I reckon it will have a much bigger effect than an £80 fine (a large percentage of which are never paid).