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marigold

Be careful where you forage

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,,-6299469,00.html?gusrc=ticker-103704

Personally I think the bloke should just have said "sorry, didn't realise it was private property" to the caretaker and left it at that, but goodness knows why the police pursued the matter. Confused

What do other foragers think?
Beckyess

It's easier to persue people who abide by the law (mostly) than track down those people who are (supposedly if you believe what they say) a threat to our way of life.
Becky
jema

Moronic isn't it Crying or Very sad But as you say "easy pickings" Laughing
oldish chris

Some time ago I came across the term "freegan" somewhere in this forum. Interesting i thought and googled it to find out more. Stumbled across a website for Special Constables with a forum (bit like this). Great discussion on all the laws that could be broken if one of those evil freegan types should dare to remove something from a skip. Arresting harmless people for minor infringements of the law is what they joined the police to do (or so it appeared to bitter and twisted little old me).

Why do socialists use tea-bags? Proper tea is theft!
cab

Well, if the rowans were planted then yeah, this was probably illegal.

Complete and utter waste of Police time though; when I report proper crime (by which I mean vandalism, or assault, or wreckless driving) to the Police, when I know its in locations covered by CCTV then I'm told that nothing will be done, and I only grudgingly even get an incident number.
jema

Marx and Engels were exploring and old house when they find an old Stradivarius in a toilet, Marx turns to Engels and says:

"Now we see the violins inherited in the cistern"
Treacodactyl

Well it is a story in a paper so there's probably rather a lot missing. The bit "following a row with the caretaker" suggests it wasn't a straight forward problem. As Mr Blayney was cautioned he has admitted wrongdoing as well as you don't have to accept a caution IIRC.

On a lighter note, it reminds me of a case where someone kept pinching someone else's mange-tout. He was done by the local police for a breach of the peas. Laughing
Bernie66

Laughing Laughing

Priorities is the word thatsprings to mind here.
dougal

It was a slow news day.

As has been thrashed to death previously, its not an offence of theft if the stuff is 'growing wild' regardless of where its growing, and you aren't picking commercially. The question of access is a different matter - but usually a civil rather than criminal one.

And note that this story relates to the Forest of Dean, an area that... /no, its Christmas and I don't want to upset anyone... Very Happy
jp

I's a releif to know that our hard earned tax is being used by the police to apprehend the hardened criminals in our midst - who are clearly intent on the rape & pillage of our natural resources. Shocked
dpack

i wish my roasted hazelnuts were more legal
CP

saw that on the news last night. very rarely watch televison.

after a rant and rave along with palpitations, many swear words and a sniff on the smelling salts, am now resolved to doing some knitting and ignore the world for the whole of 2007 Mad
fish (the other one)

the old bill would have a fit if they looked in my freezers and cupboards! everything from venison to blackberries!
i think the police need a kick up the backside for even bothering with this case!i bet theres some poor sod in that area who cant even get a copper to attend !
doctoral

Rolling Eyes ... a case where the messenger should have been shot ...
Northern_Lad

Good gad was there some stuff missing from that report. I too saw it on TV, but it was 2 weeks back so forgive me if I miss bits out.

The land was indeed privately owned.
It was fenced off and the gates locked.
The 'jam maker' climbed the gate after finding it was locked.
The 'caretaker' is actually the owner fo the land and trees who saw the guy climbing the gate.
The 'jam maker' did offer to pay for the goods.
The owner stated repeatedly that the value was not the issue, rather it was the principle.
The 'jam maker' still left with the berries.
The police are duty bound to persue any crime once reported.
Tinks

I suspect that the picker was a bit more beligerant than it sounds from the article. The landowner overreacted I think but had every right to issue a bollocking. People can't just help themselves to whatever they fancy, regardless if it has a value or not.
doctoral

Northern_Lad wrote:
Good gad was there some stuff missing from that report. I too saw it on TV, but it was 2 weeks back so forgive me if I miss bits out.

The land was indeed privately owned.
It was fenced off and the gates locked.
The 'jam maker' climbed the gate after finding it was locked.
The 'caretaker' is actually the owner fo the land and trees who saw the guy climbing the gate.
The 'jam maker' did offer to pay for the goods.
The owner stated repeatedly that the value was not the issue, rather it was the principle.
The 'jam maker' still left with the berries.
The police are duty bound to persue any crime once reported.


... as usual, newspapers cannot be trusted to tell the entire truth ...
hedgehogpie

Never let it be said that the truth got in the way of a juicy story. Smile
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