Quote: Definitely Tarby @ 1st September 2019, 11:05 PM
I'm watching one of those "when things go wrong for celebs" countdown Sunday night fodder shows and it just mentioned the time Esther Rantzen was arrested and amazingly convicted of a criminal offence while interviewing members of the public. A PC took exception to her told her she was creating an obstruction and told her to move on. She moved to another area with plenty of space and he approached her again and arrested her. She was convicted and it makes me wonder if it was a miscarriage of justice. Incredible how she could be convicted even with clear video evidence but maybe back then the law was you do what a copper says and you do it fast.
"Obstruction of the Highway" is a very useful tool in a policeman's armoury against any pedestrian or motorist that he wants to be somewhere other than where they are.
Essentially, if you're standing still or you've parked your car on a public highway, no matter how much space there is around you the fact that another person or motorist cannot pass over the space you're occupying makes you guilty of obstruction.
Ridiculous? Of course, it is!
It's a very easy charge for a policeman to bring against you and it's almost impossible for you to defend yourself against it.
The answer? Whether you're on foot or in your car - keep moving!