BNP are a bunch of Humourless Twats

big-tomA little after the event with this one, however it did make me laugh, first the content of the story is amusing, but also some of the reporting is even more laughable.

Members of the far-right BNP have complained to police about a joke Jo Brand cracked on Live At The Apollo.

The comic was questioned by officers after the group’s deputy leader, Simon Darby, claimed that the gag amounted to incitement to cause racial harassment. Bizarrely, he claimed: ‘The BNP is technically an ethnic group.’

Darby lodged his complained after hearing Brand’s routine about the BNP’s membership list being leaked on to the internet.

In a stand-up routine broadcast on BBC One January 16, Brand said: ‘Let’s start with some important political news. Did you hear this right that BNP members and supporters have had their names and addresses published on the internet? Hurrah! Now we know who to send the poo to.’

Hammersmith police confirmed they had recieved the complaint and interviewed one of the show’s producers. A file has reportedly been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service, who will determine whether there is any evidence to proceed.

But a police source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The BNP aren’t even clear themselves as to what offence she is meant to have committed. The chances of this going any further are very remote.

‘It is an absurd case. A lot of police time and money appears to have been wasted investigating what for all intents and purposes is just a joke.’

‘The idea that the BNP are claiming they are the victim of a race offence is mildly amusing, to say the least.’

The BNP’s Richard Barnbrook added: ‘I would like to see Jo Brand charged with something like aggravated assault because as far as we are concerned it is harassment.’

OK funny as fuck. However rather alarming is this quote:

But a police source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The BNP aren’t even clear themselves as to what offence she is meant to have committed. The chances of this going any further are very remote.

Firstly If anyone is reporting an offence or a suspected offence, are we supposed to tell the police what the exact offence has been committed? In which case, it will only be a short period of time before we have provide them with offence codes also.

Potentially a problem when reporting numerous offences, call three 9s and I can see it going like this.

“Emergency Services, which service do you require?”
“Police Please”
“Police”
“I’d like to report an Assault please”
“What kind of assault?”
“It was assault, occasioning Actual Bodily Harm with Intent”
“Are you sure there was intent, it could have been just a common assault or ABH?”
“Well, he hit me with a baseball bat, so it could be ABH with intent, going equipped with an offensive weapon, Threatening behaviour, drunk and disorderly……., hang on I have my solictor on the other line.

The other point is there is not a Hammersmith Police, there is a Metropolitan Police Station, in Hammersmith.

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