Yob handed £90 fine for destroying cardboard cut out of cop

Southend Standard: Yob handed £90 fine for destroying cardboard cut out of yob Yob handed £90 fine for destroying cardboard cut out of yob

A YOB was given a £90 fine after he stole a cardboard cop and then smashed it up on a petrol station forecourt.

The 23-year-old, from Basildon, took the cardboard cut-out of a Essex Police officer from the Tesco petrol station in Pitsea.

He then took it in to the forecourt and smashed it to pieces before hopping in to his dad’s car.

Sgt Simon Gray, from the Basildon Retail Crime Unit, tracked down CCTV of the incident and traced the getaway car to an address in Basildon.

He visited the yob on March 11 and issued him with a £90 fixed penalty ticket.

There are three cardboard cut outs at petrol stations and supermarkets across Basildon town centre.

They are paid for by the Community Safety Partnership – a joint Basildon Council and Essex Police fund set up to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.

The cut outs are used to deter shoplifters.

Sgt Gray, who is based at Basildon police station, said: “These cardboard cut-outs have received some bad press in the past.

“We do not use them to replace officers, instead they are a tool that we use to deter shoplifters and we have seen a reduction in shoplifting offences at the stores where these cut outs are located.

“This man obviously thought it would be funny to take this cut out to the forecourt and kick it to pieces.

“Whatever he may have thought this cut out was there for a reason.

“We did manage to track down this man using CCTV and this week he was dealt with by way of a £90 fine.”

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6:45pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Mikkel1 says...

Cardboard Cop or Yob? I am sure it can't be both.
Cardboard Cop or Yob? I am sure it can't be both. Mikkel1
  • Score: 6

7:12pm Wed 19 Mar 14

artytoit says...

Dunno about that. Have you seen what the cops have been up to at Barton Moss?
Dunno about that. Have you seen what the cops have been up to at Barton Moss? artytoit
  • Score: 2

7:17pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Mattster says...

Obviously none of the echo staff actually read the article's they produce.
Obviously none of the echo staff actually read the article's they produce. Mattster
  • Score: 12

8:00pm Wed 19 Mar 14

InTheKnowOk says...

If only real crimes could be solved as quick as this!
If only real crimes could be solved as quick as this! InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 3

8:02pm Wed 19 Mar 14

iain beag says...

Surely when these so called reporters and editors go through training they are taught to read through their story before forwarding for printing or publication.
Even an untrained amateur would have the sense to do the basics.

The Echo have even upped the shelf price to 65p - more than a standard red top.
They must be buying the peanuts from the wrong supplier.
Surely when these so called reporters and editors go through training they are taught to read through their story before forwarding for printing or publication. Even an untrained amateur would have the sense to do the basics. The Echo have even upped the shelf price to 65p - more than a standard red top. They must be buying the peanuts from the wrong supplier. iain beag
  • Score: 8

8:05pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Nebs says...

Mattster wrote:
Obviously none of the echo staff actually read the article's they produce.
Or maybe their reading skills are as good as their writing skills.
[quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: Obviously none of the echo staff actually read the article's they produce.[/p][/quote]Or maybe their reading skills are as good as their writing skills. Nebs
  • Score: 7

8:15pm Wed 19 Mar 14

jaguarxxv says...

So cops are yobs??
So cops are yobs?? jaguarxxv
  • Score: 4

9:07pm Wed 19 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

'Bob handed £90 fine for destroying cardboard cut out of his nob'
'Bob handed £90 fine for destroying cardboard cut out of his nob' DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 11

9:35pm Wed 19 Mar 14

emcee says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
'Bob handed £90 fine for destroying cardboard cut out of his nob'
No, no, no, Cod finned £90 for displaying his cocoa cup out on the hob.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: 'Bob handed £90 fine for destroying cardboard cut out of his nob'[/p][/quote]No, no, no, Cod finned £90 for displaying his cocoa cup out on the hob. emcee
  • Score: 6

9:58pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

They should put the cardboard ones out on the streets.

Or stand them alongside the A130 near Sadlers Farm. Perhaps they might do something about the current phenomena of exploding caravans.

Or how about a cardboard cut out of Nick Alston. It could be taken to residents' meetings.

They'd probably get a sight more response out of it than the real thing.
They should put the cardboard ones out on the streets. Or stand them alongside the A130 near Sadlers Farm. Perhaps they might do something about the current phenomena of exploding caravans. Or how about a cardboard cut out of Nick Alston. It could be taken to residents' meetings. They'd probably get a sight more response out of it than the real thing. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

10:18pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Bertie Wooster says...

Nebs wrote:
Mattster wrote:
Obviously none of the echo staff actually read the article's they produce.
Or maybe their reading skills are as good as their writing skills.
Perhaps the Echo is using cardboard cut-outs of newspaper reporters...
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mattster[/bold] wrote: Obviously none of the echo staff actually read the article's they produce.[/p][/quote]Or maybe their reading skills are as good as their writing skills.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the Echo is using cardboard cut-outs of newspaper reporters... Bertie Wooster
  • Score: 8

1:29am Thu 20 Mar 14

pendulum says...

So he commits criminal damage of police property in front of CCTV? Gets away in Dad's car that's effortlessly traced? Difficult to get angry about this one; just saddened that these people exist. Extermination is a strong word, but...
So he commits criminal damage of police property in front of CCTV? Gets away in Dad's car that's effortlessly traced? Difficult to get angry about this one; just saddened that these people exist. Extermination is a strong word, but... pendulum
  • Score: 6

6:08am Thu 20 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

Legend!
Legend! I hate the police!
  • Score: -4

7:16am Thu 20 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Legend!
more bell end i would say.
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: Legend![/p][/quote]more bell end i would say. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 8

9:07am Thu 20 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

terrible thing to happen, but when police sign up, they know the risks go hand in hand with job.....
terrible thing to happen, but when police sign up, they know the risks go hand in hand with job..... pembury53
  • Score: 3

10:03am Thu 20 Mar 14

I-say-you-say says...

In the meantime a guy threatens to kill 2 cops with a knife and gets let off with just 10 months inside AND help with his alleged drink problem!

DISGUSTING!
In the meantime a guy threatens to kill 2 cops with a knife and gets let off with just 10 months inside AND help with his alleged drink problem! DISGUSTING! I-say-you-say
  • Score: 4

11:30am Thu 20 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

pendulum wrote:
So he commits criminal damage of police property in front of CCTV? Gets away in Dad's car that's effortlessly traced? Difficult to get angry about this one; just saddened that these people exist. Extermination is a strong word, but...
He was only having a laugh. God. Cheer up!
[quote][p][bold]pendulum[/bold] wrote: So he commits criminal damage of police property in front of CCTV? Gets away in Dad's car that's effortlessly traced? Difficult to get angry about this one; just saddened that these people exist. Extermination is a strong word, but...[/p][/quote]He was only having a laugh. God. Cheer up! I hate the police!
  • Score: -3

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