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post Sat, 10 Feb 2018 - 09:19
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Banker (possible typo?) convicted of impersonating a police occifer after riding an ex police bike with most of the stickers still on it and wearing an old police uniform with a "POLITE notice" hi-vis vest.
Link to terrorism is utter bollox. Link to him being an utter c*ck-womble massively understated.

http://www.itv.com/news/london/2018-02-08/...ceiving-public/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/08...victed-alleged/


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At least one of those "news" organisations should be prosecuted for crimes against journalism, too, or at least excessive reliance on unacknowledged cut & paste; the exact same phrase leaps out in both articles:
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The officer told the court the high vis jacket warn under the vest, was an old police jacket based on the three reflective strips on the sleeves, which are only on officers' uniforms.


At least the Telegraph version sought to entertain:
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The case comes just a fortnight after police were accused of making it easier to impersonate criminals by selling old uniforms on the auction website.


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post Sat, 10 Feb 2018 - 11:14
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Assuming this was a conviction under s.90 of the Police Act 1996, and the magistrates accepted "that this offence may not have been [his] intention to deceive but that was the effect," then he was probably convicted under (2):

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Any person who, not being a constable, wears any article of police uniform in circumstances where it gives him an appearance so nearly resembling that of a member of a police force as to be calculated to deceive shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

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“article of police uniform” means any article of uniform or any distinctive badge or mark or document of identification usually issued to members of police forces or special constables, or anything having the appearance of such an article, badge, mark or document...

Based on the number of people I've seen whose attire could fit that bill, Mr Emanuel was somewhat unlucky to have been stopped for this offence, not to mention convicted. Still, there is no excuse for the widespread reference to him being a "banker"...

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post Sat, 10 Feb 2018 - 11:25
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QUOTE (Churchmouse @ Sat, 10 Feb 2018 - 11:14) *
........Based on the number of people I've seen whose attire could fit that bill, Mr Emanuel was somewhat unlucky to have been stopped for this offence, not to mention convicted. Still, there is no excuse for the widespread reference to him being a "banker"...

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You see many people riding ex police bikes, with all the markings and blue light while wearing not only dayglow that could be mistaken for police but was actually ex police and worded to play on word similarity?
It is one thing to ride a white bike with white fairings and marvel at the way people drift out of your way, it is another to actively promote it.
Banker seems very apt to me, if it wasn't deliberate, it was cos it seemed cool.
Either way, no street cred.
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post Sat, 10 Feb 2018 - 13:51
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I have seen people with that 'Polite' notice on their hi-viz vests, but not to this level. C*ck-womble is now my mot de jour.
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post Sat, 10 Feb 2018 - 19:41
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QUOTE (DancingDad @ Sat, 10 Feb 2018 - 11:25) *
QUOTE (Churchmouse @ Sat, 10 Feb 2018 - 11:14) *
........Based on the number of people I've seen whose attire could fit that bill, Mr Emanuel was somewhat unlucky to have been stopped for this offence, not to mention convicted. Still, there is no excuse for the widespread reference to him being a "banker"...

--Churchmouse


You see many people riding ex police bikes, with all the markings and blue light while wearing not only dayglow that could be mistaken for police but was actually ex police and worded to play on word similarity?
It is one thing to ride a white bike with white fairings and marvel at the way people drift out of your way, it is another to actively promote it.
Banker seems very apt to me, if it wasn't deliberate, it was cos it seemed cool.
Either way, no street cred.

I haven't seen any blue lights on ex-police bikes, no. Everything else mentioned, yes, and no doubt every single one of those riders was convinced that they were not "impersonating an officer", because nowhere did their clothing actually say "police". So now the "rule" is that their entire ensemble has to be considered together in order to assess whether the overall artistic impression was more "policey" than not? The court's new "bright line" isn't exactly high viz...

It is significant that Mr. Emanuel was apparently not using his blue light, so none of those allegedly deceived motorists doing terrible things like (a) giving him room to get by and (b) slowing down to the speed limit could have based their actions on its presence (or absence). That would be concerning to me if I were a high-viz fetishist riding an ex-police bike at any time within a few weeks of a terrorist incident (this last bit of unknown logical significance, but best throw it in anyway).

I'm also not sure why mis-identifying a management consultant or even a compliance officer as a "banker" should be celebrated. It's an appalling example of ignorance combined with prejudice, all for a snigger.

--Churchmouse
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