Have you ever been in trouble with the law? Well, I have, and before you think that I have spent some time in the clink, let me tell you what actually happened.
One Wednesday, quite a few years ago, when I came home from the Guild, I disturbed two men trying to open one of the front windows to my flat. Instead of being sensible, and knocking on a neighbour’s door to call the Police (as I do not have a mobile phone), I simply shouted “Oy!”, and the two guys ran away!
As soon as I managed to get into my flat, I immediately called the Police, who advised me not to touch anything until they had visited the “scene of the crime”! Two plain-clothed cops came, took some photographs, we had a chat (and a cup of coffee, of course), and they said I could clear up now, as they thought that the lads in question had been wearing gloves. They said they would drive around the district to see if they could spot a couple of males with guilty looks on their faces, constantly looking over their shoulders. They also said that they would send along colleagues to advise me about keeping the flat safe.
So, apart from breaking one of my windows (which a nice carpenter friend quickly came an boarded up), and apart from having to ensure that I had managed to pick up all the pieces of glass both outside on the ground, and inside on the carpet, nothing was actually stolen.
A few days later, two very large very tall uniformed policemen arrived at my door, and had a look round the inside of the flat. Then, they wanted to inspect the outside of the building, and I took them round pointing out which window they had been trying to break. As I stood there in the front garden between these two very tall cops, a neighbour from further up the road passed, and as we always did, we waved to one another, but seeing me standing there between two very large PC’s, said neighbour then looked askance, probably wondering what I had done, and whether I was being arrested!
It was very amusing, and it was weeks before I could catch my neighbour and explain exactly what had happened, and that I was not………in trouble with the law!!