Daft reasons people got in trouble with the law

Last year may be a year that people wish to forget due to the coronavirus pandemic and multiple lockdowns , but for some people 2020 was a year they want to doubly forget after getting on the wrong side of the law. No, these criminals hadn’t been gathering in large groups and throwing house parties and breaking covid rules, they were simply stopped by police for a mind boggling number of reasons, many out of roads in the area. And many came up with gobsmacking excuses to justify whey they were doing what they were doing.

All sniggering aside, some of the crimes may have a funny ring to them but they could have been very serious for them and other road users. But here are some examples of some of the more colourful things police in Staffordshire and Derbyshsire have had to deal with. Take the woman who forgot her mushy peas after a trip to the chippy, for example.

In July, Swadlincote police safer neighbourhood team spotted a woman driving her Volkswagen back to the chippy in Overseal after she forgot her mushy peas. Unfortunately for her, police saw she had no insurance and seized her car, leaving her to walk home with a bag of cold chips. Details of the seizure were posted on a police social media page – along with several chip shop-related gags.

Officer said the cops who spotted the car knew something “fishy” was going on and that the driver was not best “pea-sed”, after being fronted up by police. ‘Silly sausage’ In August, a van driver was described as a “silly sausage” after police seized his illegal van while he queued for a sandwich.

Swadlincote officers caught wind of a van driver operating without a licence or insurance in Newhall. And they tracked the offending vehicle down to a burger van parked up in the village. They spotted the driver looking to grab a “quick sausage sandwich”.

After his van was seized, he was reported for the offences. ‘Worst ever pick-up truck’ In September a driver’s makeshift car was dubbed ‘shed of the week’ by incredulous police after the owner had crudely hacked off the roof and used plastic sheeting to turn it into a makeshift pick-up truck.

Officers from Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit did a double take when they spotted the black Vauxhall Astra in Derbyshire. The roof was gone and the entire back section, including back seats had been ripped out to turn it into a crude pick-up truck. Where the roof had been cut off there were jagged and sharp metal edges, which could only have been done with something like a chain-saw.

Pictures taken by police of the car also showed the driver had stuck some sort of plastic sheeting using tape behind the front seats, attached to the front doors, to create a flimsy ‘cab’. When they quizzed the driver about his amazingly badly ‘pimped’ ride, saying they would be seizing it, the non-plus motorist even told officers he was not bothered as he had other vans. They also found the driver should not even have been on the roads as he did not have insurance or a licence.

The car was stopped in Raynesway Park Drive, Derby. ‘Death trap tyre’ A driver who had a “death trap” almost smooth, tyre on a truck was pulled over by police and stopped from going any further.

The driver was stopped in Willington in a blue pick-up truck in April. Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit tweeted about the incident with a picture of smooth-looking tyre, which appeared to have no tread left at all, adding that the driver liked to “get their money’s worth out of tyres”. The driver was issued with a ticket and told they could not drive any further.

Overloaded Volkswagen van ‘hopping about all over the place’ on A38 A van which was overloaded by nearly 50 per cent was spotted ‘hopping about all over the place’ while travelling on the A38 in October. The white Volkswagen Crafter van was spotted by officers from the Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit who saw immediately that it was ‘obviously overweight’.

It was only allowed to legally weigh 3,500kg but was found to be 5110kg, an eye watering 1,610kg overweight. This meant that the van was 46 per cent overloaded, causing it to move about dangerously. The driver was given a ticket and made to park up the van, which they then had to pay to get recovered safely, said a police spokesman.

Lamborghini driver with weird number plate on A50 In October, a bright blue supercar turned heads for all the wrong reasons on the A50, landing the driving in a heap trouble with the police. The eye catching Lamborghini Huracan was pulled over by a patrolling cops who noticed the car had an odd number plate.

The Huracan driver was spotted with the super-small sized number plate, which also had the wrong font and was mounted in the wrong position – incredibly facing upwards on the car’s front grill – said a police spokesman. The spokesman said the way the plate was fixed made it impossible to read – unless you were flying overhead, of course. The driver was stopped by officers from the Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit, which is an arm of Derbyshire Police, and the force commented that the number plate was “presumably designed for viewing from a helicopter with a telephoto lens”.

When asked if it was the position of the plate that was the only problem, officers responded that there was “not much right with it”. Officers handed the driver a ticket. Escaped cow ‘fined’ for breaking lockdown near Derbyshire school

‘Daisy’ was issued with a fixed penalty notice for escaping breaking coronavirus rules by making an unnecessary journey

In April, a rogue cow felt the long arm of the law after escaping from a field and being caught roaming near a school.

Officers from Swadlincote Police safer neighbourhood team noticed the cow, dubbed Daisy, on the loose behind The William Allitt School, in Sunnyside, Newhall. After walking it back to its field, police then filled out a Penalty Notice for covid-19 form after claiming Daisy was making an “unnecessary journey” – and thereby breaking the Government’s rules on social distancing. They listed her name is Miss Daisy Cow and her address as “field, Newhall”.

Thief dubbed ‘Dick Dastardly’ for dumping Muttley the dog at side of the road In May, a thief was dubbed ‘Dick Dastardly’ by police after dumping a dog at the side of the road so he could steal a van. The man was walking the pooch for a friend, called Muttley who was Dick Dastardly’s long suffering canine sidekick in the 1960s children’s cartoon series Wacky Races.

But after spotting the works van parked up in Winchester Drive, Linton, he decided to abandon poor Muttley at the side of the road and break into the van. However, he was spotted by the owner of the van who chased the thief. The owner of the white Mercedes van also managed to alert the police.

The van was stopped by officers a short while later and a man was arrested on suspicion of driving without a licence and without insurance, as well theft of the van. The man is also suspected of being involved in a burglary which happened in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday, May 12. The dog was later returned to its owner.

Woman ‘too busy getting stoned’ in the street gets rude awakening In July, a woman who was ‘too busy getting stoned’ on drugs and playing on her phone failed to notice police were closing in to arrest her. Police were out on patrol in School Street, Church Gresley, when they spotted the woman and what she was up to.

But she had not seen them even though officers had been watching her for a while, said a spokesman. She was so oblivious she carried on taking cannabis, they said, even as they approached. She was arrested and the drugs seized.

The Swadlincote Police Safer Neighbourhood Team took to Facebook to share details about the incident, saying the woman was caught by PCSO Dave McMillian and his partner while they were out for their stroll around the area. The drugs were seized from the woman and she has now been reported by the police. They also issued a warning about the possession and use of cannabis, reminding people that is it still illegal.

Police open Kinder Surprise eggs to find them packed with cocaine In July, police got more than they bargained for when they opened up a Kinder Surprise egg and found it packed with cocaine. PCs John Anwar and Stuart Kelly, of the Swadlincote Safer Neighbourhood Team, joked they were “disappointed” to find all the chocolate had gone.

But they opened the plastic egg, which usually has a toy treat inside, only to find what was believed to be wraps of cocaine. The man in possession of the egg was stopped by officers in Talbot Street, Church Gresley. He was arrested and the police carried out a search of his home where more drugs were found, along with weighing scales.

Police say they found other items which suggested he had been dealing drugs in the area. Cheeky Mercedes driver had not had insurance for two years In November, a Mercedes driver was caught out for having not had insurance for two years and when he was finally pulled up by cops the cheeky motorist tried to blame it on the pandemic.

The driver was caught in his fancy, fairly new silver motor, complete with head turning alloy wheels, by chance in High Street, Woodville, by officers from the Swadlincote Police Safer Neighbourhood Team. When questioned by police, the driver tried to claim his direct debit had not gone through due to coronavirus, stating there could have been an error, and that’s why he did not have insurance The officers decided to check and found out he had not been insured since 2018.

While the driver was telling the sergeant his story, two other officers were have none of it and were already filling out the paperwork and the vehicle was seized, said a police spokesman.

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