Wednesday, August 13, 2008

At least no one got hurt this time

Police in Oldham, England, hunting for a wanted criminal and seemingly acting on incorrect information, broke down the door of the wrong house and tossed it. They didn't have a warrant, but this being Britain, they didn't need one, the inhabitants of that country being "subjects" after all. The home's residents were not there at the time.

Unsurprisingly not finding the criminal, the cops then departed, leaving behind a door with a massive hole in it but no official notification that they had been there. They did, however, manage to leave a disturbing attempt to be funny (at least to them) calling card - they rearranged the child's fridge magnets to spell "Oldham Task Force Called".

(Picture is from the article)

The home's residents, not finding the humor in any of this, complained to the cops, who brushed the couple off, not even bothering to offer to fix the door that they smashed in. Now that the media has become involved, however, they've finally deigned to "investigate" themselves.

Fortunately, no one was injured, except for the homeowners' rights as free individuals to be secure in their homes.

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