The background of this is, of course, the politically-motivated campaign against me and efforts from both the political and paid service arms of deeply corrupt Labour Sandwell Council to destroy me and silence this blog. That West Midlands Police (WMP) have given them succour in this project is especially worrying.
On the night of 22nd May, 2018 it was the annual general meeting and "mayor-making" ceremony at Oldbury Council House. This is a showpiece occasion when many guests attend the meeting and they all go off for a taxpayer-funded nosh-up at West Brom Town Hall afterwards.
A small group of us arrived and held a demonstration about the stinking deal to develop Lion Farm Fields. One of the other demonstrators was local community activist Darryl Magher, who is often also with me at other demonstrations and Council events. We have learnt the hard way that malicious individuals try to fit us up and so we "take precautions". In my case I have at least two phones working, battery back-up etc and other things so that when there is some activity something is always "running" to protect myself and, for that matter, Darryl. A considerable amount of film and audio has been on YouTube from the day after the event. We also openly film questions to councillors and other matters that are in the public interest.
At 6pm the Council meeting started inside the building and the demo broke up. Darryl and I were the only ones who went to the pub (the Spoons directly opposite). Since we were aware that everyone rushes off after the meeting to mock the poor and hungry of Sandwell in true "socialist" style, it was not our intention to carry on the demo. Indeed, we bumped into a mutual friend in the pub and were chatting with him as everyone came streaming out of the Council House.
By the time we left the pub most guests had gone but we noted posh Londoner John Spellar MP talking to some councillors on the walkway to the car park. As he is the MP for Lion Farm Fields and had not answered correspondence I got the megaphone out and started shouting questions to him.
We also became aware of the brooding presence of the head of Sandwell's bent paid service, Jan Britton, at the entrance to the linkway together with a female employee and Mr Paul Reeves (who will shortly be the subject of a major blog all of his very own!) Reeves has issues with me and, amongst other things, trolled me and my wife via social media. Despite knowing certain facts which will be presented to you soon, Reeves has had rapid promotion under Jan Britton from the very bottom of the SMBC "ladder" to head the Council's new paramilitary force, the misnamed "Environmental Protection Officers" aka "Eling's Barmy Army".
For the first time the whole area around the linkway, walkway and car park was fenced off with orange barriers. Thus we were some distance away from Britton and from Spellar. Whilst I was speaking through the megaphone a man came over to us from outside the Waggon and Horses pub whom I now know to be Dougie. When I started directing a question at Jan Britton Dougie asked me "who's that big fat bloke?" I moved the megaphone away from my mouth and said that it was Britton and that he was an absolute c*cksucker. (It is unheard of me to use that word about him as I invariably refer to him on this blog as an arselicker or variations thereof. I usually reserve "c*cksucker(s) for the craven Wolverhampton "Express and Star").
All evening two police officers were also on duty and coming back and forth to the Council House. By the time of this comment they had gone. No security staff remonstrated with us. Mr Reeves stated on oath that no-one called the police but they just happened to come back though the video evidence shows him making a phone call immediately after the infamous statement was made......
Darryl and I came to the view that the grovelling Britton - who is completely up his own arse at these ceremonial functions - had decided to hold the two mayoral limos (which we pay for) back until we moved on. Video evidence recorded me as describing this to Darryl as a "Mexican Stand-Off". Darryl joked that we weren't going for a free meal and so could hold out longer than them but I replied that this was true only as long as our bladders held out!
As soon as two police officers arrived they went to the two security men on the car park gate and Reeves went over them to tell them the tale. As soon as the officers approached us Britton started to let the mayoral and deputy mayoral parties load into the vehicles.
All the police stuff is on video. We were told that there were complaints (plural) that I had been shouting "c*cksuckers" at members (plural) of staff and in front of children (see further below).
This was firmly denied. The officers actually confirmed on tape that whilst they had been there earlier we had been no trouble at all. They would take statements the next day. I shouted some comments at the Mayoral party and once they had gone we carried on the conversation with the police whilst packing up. We went on our way.
I thought that commonsense would prevail and I would hear nothing more about this. Next day I put a lot of the film - minus the bits with the infamous word on You Tube. At that time, of course, I was also subject to a major 346-day WMP investigation unbelievably going to Asst Chief Constable level and thought the police would ignore this nonsense. But rather than being harassed Britton saw this incident as an "opportunity" and a chance to finally "get" me. He claimed in court to have been "hurt" but quickly recovered and was soon filling his face up at WB Town Hall.
During the years of writing this blog I take a jaundiced view about all the "coincidences" that crop up around Sandwell Council. On the very day before this I had written to one of Britton's favourite employees - the one he took to The Vine despite her alleged major foul-up at work - asking her to contact me. She would have got the letter the very day that "Jan" made this police complaint.
On 14th June, 2018 I was watching a World Cup match in The British Oak, Stirchley when WMP phoned me to invite me in for a "voluntary" interview (the third of four times now they have intimidated me in this fashion). At this point, however, I have to be fair to WMP because some of what follows relate sundry failures by my then Solicitor (I had not met her before though had been represented by an agent who recommended her at the "complex crime unit" interview).
Ms X, as we shall call her, advised me to give a short statement and then do a no-comment interview particularly as she wanted to see my video evidence before it was given to the police. The interview was very short and it was understood by both sides that Ms X would submit further info to the police. If that didn't dispose of the matter I would be likely to return for a second interview.
I got straight onto the issue having an appointment with the solicitor and another with her Trainee. They saw the all-important video footage but she bizarrely advised me not to release it without it being vetted by an expensive expert! I send her a lengthy "draft" letter to the Police for her to review and send, statements from my two witnesses of fact etc. It appears now that, contrary to what I was being told, none of this was sent to the Police.
Meanwhile, as I have shown in the recent technical blog, the snivelling "leader" of bent Sandwell, Steven "Squealing" Eling and Jan Britton, Surjit Tour and others were engaged in a major campaign to criminalise me and were repeatedly contacting their puppets in WMP - including very senior officers - to that end. And Britton went to work on a personal puppet within Oldbury Police, Sgt Gary Capewell (shown here presenting an "award" to an SMBC employee for making Sandwell a better place to live "lol"!)
Britton started to apply pressure on Capewell. On 7th August, 2018 Britton wrote to me objecting to a post I wrote but bizarrely copied in Capewell. He stated, inter alia,
"It is further my view that you have made these and other comments recently on your blog and on twitter in order to damage my reputation [ROFLMAO] in connection with the ongoing investigation into a public order offence that I reported to West Midlands Police in May of this year].
It must be remembered that The Squealer and Britton had been notified at the end of July that the "complex crime unit" case had collapsed at huge public expense and so the feeble Britton was trying plan B. His puppet did not act quickly enough and so on 20th August, 2018 Britton turned the screw again writing to me but with a copy to Capewell:
"I am firmly of the view that the purpose of your message on Twitter is to damage my personal and professional reputation and standing [ROFLMAO x 2]. I am further of the view that you have made these comments in order to damage my reputation in connection with the ongoing investigation into a public order offence that I reported to West Midlands Police in May of this year."
This did the trick and three days later I was charged without a second interview (though see below). A PC had allegedly "authorised the charge" but later on when I saw the prosecution papers this person had signed them off (guess who!):
Again to be fair to WMP - and I was blissfully unaware of this at the time - Ms X had done absolutely sod all and not sent ANYTHING to WMP. Clearly it is not the responsibility of WMP to chase up a defendant's solicitor but police and solicitors have contact with each other all the time and it APPEARS (if Ms X is to be believed that the cops did not make an enquiry of her as to what was going on).
And so, at 60 years of age without even having a parking ticket I was charged with a criminal offence. And the vindictive local cops under pressure from Britton also charged me with a S4 Public Order offence which is a serious and an imprisonable offence. As I am a registered child chaperone with Worcestershire Council I had to self-report the charge and was immediately suspended from working with children until trial.
I was first time up at Dudley Mags on 11th September, 2018 and Ms X appeared on my behalf but still did not tell me that she had not sent anything off to the police. The District Judge expressed incredulity to the CPS that I had been charged with a s.4 offence but they held their ground particularly when I admitted on the court papers using "that" word but that I was in conversation with Dougie. They had to prove that I intended to alarm and distress the precious little flower, Britton. My case was listed for trial on 23rd October, 2018.
Even though I have no money I was not eligible for legal aid because of my wife's financial position. I sacked Ms X and decided to represent myself at trial. I hand delivered lots of evidence to the CPS but got no response whatsoever.
On 23rd October, 2018 I attended for trial to be told that the CPS had "made an application" on 25th September, 2018 to prevent me from cross-examining Sandwell Council witnesses! Clearly Britton was panicking about what would come out in open court (as well he might and remember matey that these rules don't apply in the civil court!) I had no say in the matter and was not even entitled to be heard. I could have state funds for a Solicitor to do the job at trial. The actual application had somehow been "lost" and this is the subject of ongoing complaint. Even though both sides had all witnesses present the case had to be adjourned and a new date was set for 14th January, 2019.
When I got home that night there were two letters on the mat from the CPS. Despite not answering anything they had POSTED two letters the day before the trial.
I continued to deliver other correspondence to the CPS but they failed to respond to anything. A solicitor was instructed for the trial.
When all this was happening an old friend appeared on the scene - the notorious Sandwell Twitter Troll, Andrew Hipkiss. He was part of the late Darren Cooper's trolling campaign against me and my wife and Jan Britton must have been well aware of this. At one point the gullible Britton actually did a blog to his long-suffering staff publishing absurd "research" by Hipkiss about Twitter users who were against the Council. Hipkiss set up yet another Twitter account impersonating my own and then set about trying to prejudice my trial (a matter that is subject to a crime reference number). Right from the off there was only one person thick and/or malevolent enough to follow the obvious troll account:
The day before the aborted trial date in October Hipkiss but this up:
But the vicious Britton remained the sole follower:
And Britton also thought the fact of the trial meant that I couldn't comment on his dismal performance as Chief Exec. He wrote another three letters copying in Sgt Capewell accusing me of destroying his alleged "reputation".
In 2015 someone - possibly within WMP - told this clown that all he had to do to have me criminalised for "harassment" was to SAY that he felt alarmed and distressed by anything I said or wrote and so he has tried to get WMP to pursue me on that basis (of course, it is not quite as simple as he thinks). On one occasion he complained to the police when I put up a photo of a doppelganger in a pancake costume! Thus he wrote to Capewell saying that use of this photo constituted criminal harassment by me:
But he seems to have forgotten that this is not my picture but was used in 2017 on a highly critical blog about him by Sandwell's brilliant "Gooseman". Thus someone else using the image was apparently OK but the second I used it he alleged that he was alarmed and distressed and this was a "criminal offence". What a ****!
And so the trial started on Monday. Britton and four employees gave evidence. Despite all saying that the all heard the words used perfectly there were four different versions of what was said! One witness effectively confirmed my version of events.
But Britton perjured himself. To set the scene the late Smethwick Scumbag, Cooper, when he was trolling me with others - including Paul Reeves and with protection from WMP - knew that my voluntary work sometimes involved young people. Thus he/they hinted that I was a paedophile, that I had a criminal record and that I had killed a child drink driving. It is impossible to believe that Britton was not fully aware of this given all the complaints to him and disgraced lawyer Neeraj Sharma plus the contents of this blog.
It is also common knowledge that I have a chaperone certificate. And so when the police were informed of this incident someone - my bet is Reeves - informed them that whilst I had repeatedly been shouting "c*cksuckers" at people (plural and without anyone apparently objecting lol) I had done this in front of children. Three witnesses made no mention in their police statements of there being children but Britton and Reeves "coincidentally" did:
This was a total lie but then Britton actually repeated it under oath in the witness box! He falsely claimed that the group around Spellar was eight or nine people and their children. The video evidence (a lot of it in the public domain on YouTube since the day following the incident) proved that he was lying to make the "offence" look even worse!
I have to say that District Judge David Webster was very fair to me. A couple of times he summed up my evidence and at one point I added that he had "hit the nail on the head" to which - amid great amusement - he said "yes, but it's my nail!" (Hence the title of this post).
Eventually the video evidence was shown to the court and that was it. Instant acquittal but despite that the cheeky bastards tried to apply for a restraining order against me! (Bizarrely I had only said two sentences to Britton since 2014 and so why he is so scared of me is a complete mystery!)
CRY FREEDOM - CRY SKIDDER!
Once again when Dave "Call Me Dave" Thomson the CC of WMP whines about lack of resources and admits that even serious crime is not being recorded let alone investigated think about this saga and the other malicious complaints against me........
My Special Thanks To:
Shabeer Qureshi - my solicitor from Riley Hayes who stayed so cool under fire (not least from me!!!)
Dougie - a witness who I had not met until the fateful night but I would like to think is now a friend.
Darryl Magher - whilst our general politics are as far apart as could be we both recognise what is going on in Sadders and that dirt poor people were being p*ssed on by so-called "socialists". Darryl has been invaluable to the production of this blog.
Seven Labour Councillors (four of whom attended Court) who provided statements - I had better not mention their names in case Jedward p*sses his pants! Thank you all and you were brave to stand against injustice and at risk of attack from your own Party.
Neil Johnston - Midlands Correspondent of The Times - what an amazing breath of fresh air given the pathetic local media's craven grovelling to Sandwell Labour.
Eric - for constant help and support from Day One.
Mart - my old school friend who have tremendous moral support at the aborted and real trial.
Skwawkbox - another media outfit who are switched on to what Eling and Co are up to.
Supporters - great to see so many in the public gallery and thanks to the wider audience for tremendous support. Since Neil's recent Times article I have been contacted by a number of local authority bloggers expressing solidarity - literally from Gateshead to the Isle of Wight!
Take a bow everyone and thank you!
Last but obviously not least, the one and only Linda Saunders seen here post trial in The Lamp Tavern:
I am anxious to establish whether the GMB James's went direct from the private rented property in Haig Street, West Bromwich to their current Wednesbury address.
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