Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bong: Welsh Copper tries to use law from New South Wales (Australia)

Here is an exclusive for my readers. The story was picked up by all national newspapers 5 days after I posted this.

Dozy copper uses laws from New South Wales, Australia in Wales, UK

An over eager Police officer has tried to use a law from Australia to prosecute a shopkeeper in Bargoed, South Wales. Rather than use his Police manual, the dozy copper Googled the law on selling bongs and didn't notice that he had stumbled into the laws from New South Wales, Australia.

The shopkeeper owner of Savers Xtra in Bargoed High street, South Wales sells a wide variety of stock including pipes & bongs. These are entirely legal to sell in the UK; however it is an offence to sell these items if they are going to be used to take illegal drugs.

At midday on Thursday 22nd March 2012 the shop keeper had a visit from PC 1183 Sion Morgan, based at Bargoed Police Station. The uniformed copper informed the shopkeeper that he was trading in illegal goods and that he must cease. He told him that if he failed to do so he would be arrested.

To back up this assertion the PC produced a document titled ‘MISUSE OF DRUGS AND TRAFFICKING ACT 1985 and drew the shop keepers’ attention to Section 11A of the act;

‘It is an offence to sell, supply or display for sale a bong or ice pipe, or the component parts of a bong or pipe, whether or not the bong or pipe was intended to be used to administer a prohibited drug.’

The shop keeper then called his wholesalers who have been trading pipes and bongs all over the UK since 1992.

Martin Palmer, Director of Avalon Wholesale said
'We had never heard of this act and so searched online. We found the act on the Australian government website. The legislation was from">New South Wales Australia.

Shortly after the visit the shop keeper, who was shocked & intimidated by the visit, decided to visit the police station himself to seek clarification.The cop was not available but he managed to speak to a female police officer who backed up his version of the law.We await eagerly to see how this pans out. Will we all have to abide by laws made on the far side of the planet by Governments we haven't elected?

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Anonymous said...

Haahaha! Made me laugh!

Anonymous said...

Either the cop can't tell the difference between South Wales UK and New South Wales Australia. Or he attempted to deliberately misguide the shopkeeper. Therefore he is either an idiot or a liar. Whichever, he is not fit for his job!

Paul O' Connor said...

More details coming soon as I chase up the story.

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