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Bungling Police!

 

Updated : Jun 9, 2009

A 50-year-old blind man was wanted by the English Police- for a series of driving offences!

George Day from Birmingham, who was blinded at the age of seven when a brick hit him on the head, originally thought the whole thing was a practical joke, reports the Daily Telegraph.

He said: "A friend who I was staying with phoned me at work to say police were looking for me and had a warrant for my arrest to do with driving offences. I thought it was an April fools joke at first."

The real offender has never been found. Mr Day was fuming at how he was treated by police. "I spoke to officers on the phone and told them I can't drive because I am blind but they said they would have to pick me up the following day to take me to court," said the Birmingham's City College switchboard operator.

"It was obvious someone has used my name and address. I was annoyed that somebody had taken advantage and used my details."

He was marched to the magistrates court last Friday where he had to make a declaration that police had picked up the wrong man. He had to arrange his own solicitor, book time off work and police didn't even take him home after the hearing.

"The court said that should be the end of the matter, but I didn't get an apology," he added.


Meanwhile in more bungling police news, coppers, who couldn’t tell their petrol from their diesel have wasted £1 million in the last three years, just by grabbing the wrong pump in petrol stations.

For the past three years, the repair bill has averaged £6,500 a week with four cars a day requiring engines to be flushed of the wrong fuel, reports the Daily Mirror.

In addition the costs of engine repairs, labour and having the right juice put back in have all totted up to a seven-figure bill.

The worst offender was London's Met, who wasted £194,212 in only three years. Officers filled their tanks with the wrong fuel a whopping 671 times.

Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the Taxpayers' Allowance said: "It is shocking that so many police cars are being wrecked by stupid errors. Every car damaged is thousands of pounds diverted away from the fight against crime. One would hope our police were more on the ball."

Liberal Dem MP Chris Huhne suggested: "Surely the solution is big, colour-coded stickers on the tank caps so officers don't mess up."

It's a system that's already tried and failed. North Wales cops brought in luminous yellow caps that screamed "Diesel" yet they still made 39 mishaps throughout 2006.

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