THIS WEEK IN 1973: Man given wee fine for police car damage

A former Hampshire police cadet's joke on a village constable misfired in more ways than one, after he incurred fines for urinating in a PC's car's petrol tank.

Sunday, 20th November 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 21st November 2016, 1:27 pm
Once the officer's petrol tank was refilled with pure petrol, his vehicle ran as normal

Isle of Wight magistrates at Newport heard a man admit that when he saw a car belonging to PC Colin Thomas outside Freshwater Social Club one night, he ‘did a silly thing’.

James Ellis, prosecuting, said the man also disconnected two spark plug leads.

He said: ‘The officer was left to make a somewhat erratic trip home.’

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The culprit was fined £15 for ‘damaging’ three gallons of petrol, and £5 for tampering with the engine. He admitted both offences.

Despite writing a letter of apology to the inconvenienced officer, he was ordered to pay for a tank of urine-free petrol.