The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Floating Away

I was looking through the London 'Evening Standard' the other day and my eye was caught by a report of a case from Wycombe Youth Court. Two youths TWOCced a milk float, and a lengthy if stately chase ensued across rural Buckinghamshire, the dairyman's conveyance pursued by no fewer than four police cars. After 40 minutes a Stinger device was used to puncture the float's tyres and bring it to a halt in Burnham. After all that one of the youths got away, and his 17 year-old accomplice was given a Referral Order. I am sure that the Court's chairman, Mr. Tony Pearson, handled matters with due solemnity - some of us might have struggled to keep a straight face.