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Post  EarthsAngel on Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:31 am

Driver fined for blowing his nose... by same PC who ticketed man for dropping £10

By Paul Sims
Last updated at 11:50 AM on 29th January 2010




When motorist Michael Mancini found himself stuck in a queue of traffic with a runny nose, he instinctively reached for his hankie.

However, the simple act of pulling out a tissue and blowing his nose earned him a £60 on-the-spot fine because he was 'not in proper control of his vehicle'.

Policeman Stuart Gray, nicknamed PC Shiny Buttons for his zealous approach to the job, also handed out three points - even though Mr Mancini had his handbrake on.
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Shocked: Michael Mancini was given a £60 fine for blowing his nose while at the wheel of his van

Now Mr Mancini, a 39-year-old father-of-two, faces a potentially expensive legal battle to clear his name after vowing not to pay the fine.

He is the latest victim of PC Gray, who is no stranger to controversy.

A few months ago, the officer issued a £50 fixed penalty for littering to unemployed Stewart Smith, who accidentally dropped a £10 note in the street as he left a shop.

Last night Mr Mancini spoke of his disbelief at his experience.

'I was just completely gobsmacked,' the furniture restorer said. 'I thought it was some kind of Beadle's About moment - a wind-up.

'I made sure it was safe. The traffic was nose to tail in the high street.

'We came to a complete stop and I thought that was quite a good time to blow my nose.

'I stopped the van and put the handbrake on. The traffic moved on and I was waved across by an officer.

'I still had the tissue in my hand and was stunned when he said I was getting a fixed-penalty notice. Surely it would have been more dangerous to drive with a blocked nose?'
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PC Stuart Gray

Offbeat: Mr Mancini has vowed to go to court after PC Stuart Gray, known as PC Shiny Buttons for his officious approach, handed him the penalty notice

He faces a trial at Ayr District Court over the alleged traffic offence in the town in October.

His solicitor, Peter Lockhart, wrote to the procurator fiscal on January 18, explaining the circumstances.

A day later Mr Mancini received a letter warning him that if he continued to refuse to pay the fine he would be ordered to go to court.

Mr Lockhart said: 'In the letter we sent I said, "it should have been obvious to the officers what was going on and it beggars belief a ticket was issued".
Not in proper control of vehicle: Michael Mancini's parking ticket

Not in proper control of vehicle: Michael Mancini's parking ticket

'I also wrote, "we cannot see, given the circumstances of this case, that it is in the public interest".'

Mr Lockhart-said he was waiting to hear if a court date has been set but added: 'We will be pleading not guilty and will fight it all the way.'

Last night, a police source said: 'Total nonsense like this is the very opposite of good policing. This officer is known as PC Shiny Buttons for his lack of common sense approach to the job.

'It is supposed to be about serving and protecting the public - not embarking on some petty power trip.'

Strathclyde Police confirmed: 'A 39-year-old man is the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal in connection with an alleged traffic offence on October 26.'

The case echoes that of salesman Keith Pemberton, from Cheshire, who was also fined £60 and given points for eating a sandwich at the wheel in March 2007.

In 2008, Ediri Tsekiri was fined £60 and given points in Liverpool for not being in control of her vehicle. She was also eating a sandwich.

Gary Saunders was stopped in the same city for laughing while driving last March.


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We must have the most over zealous police in Ayrshire or the ones with the least to do.A police van with two officers turned round and followed me for 7 miles before indicating for me to stop when I asked what was wrong I was informed I had been using a mobile phone,I pointed out I did not nor had I ever owned a mobile phone he continued to insist I would be fined £60 and have 3points on my license I eventually suggested he ought to have his eyes tested.The only thing I think I may have done as they passed was to scratch the side of my face.I must have managed to persuade him he was on a sticky wicket if he proceeded with this accusation as he eventually allowed me to continue on my way no apology however

- mato21, ayrshire, 29/1/2010 11:51
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It's ok for Blair to kill thousands of peole, but heaven forbid if you blow your nose behind the wheel-even if the car is stationary. Puts things in perspective, doesn't it!

- Charlie Batty, Bedford England., 29/1/2010 11:49
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Fined for eating a sandwich?? Those drivers were obviously parked up at the time otherwise the Daily Mail would not be defending them, because if they had been in a line of traffic then of course they should have been fined. I had no idea eating inside a parked vehicle was an offence.

- john f., ipswich, england., 29/1/2010 11:48
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The police are clearly wrong. The car was very much under control.

The guidelines here are based on the way the car is being driven.

If this prosecution succeeds then it has set a bad precedent.

- Philip Jones, Frangy, France, 29/1/2010 11:46
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The logical follow-on is that doing up your seat belt with the engine running (although stationary, in neutral, and with the handbrake on) is being "not in proper control of the vehicle".

So, since the law allows you to make reversing moves without a belt, after manoeuvring out of a parking spot, you must halt, put on the hand brake, change into neutral, switch on the engine, and only then do up your seat belt.

The cars behind might have something to say about that!

- Richard, Leatherhead, 29/1/2010 11:46
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Does that mean Police Officers can be fined for answering their police radios while they are driving? They have taken their hands off the wheel too!
I don't know who's to blame, PC ShineyButtons or his direct superior for allowing all of this. Either way it demonstrates who far the whole judicial and law system in the UK has slid over the last decade.


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Re: This Cop should be fired!!!

Post  El Guapo on Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:56 am

It's people like this policeman that are the reason that so many distrust and despise the force!
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Post  Guest on Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:55 am

I can't see the shiney button boys and girls volunteering for long stakeouts if you are not allowed too eat in your car even when parked! :mcdonalds:

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Post  dolly on Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:42 pm

ridiculous..if anything needed ( which it wasn't) a warning would surely suffice..

My husband only got a warning when approaching the mersey tunnel a dickwad cut him up in car. My husband drove alongside and they opened windows and started f-ing and blinding,,,husband then threw his sausage barm, with one bite out, and hit other dirver smack in face ( he has always been a good shot).....Husband was pulled up at exit of tunnel by tunnel police and cautioned. One officer cautioned him and other had to hide laugh when they asked him what he threw at the other driver...he said 'sausage barmcake' and complained he only had one bite.....
He was lucky..he could have caused other fella to swerve or been done with assault with a loaded barmcake lol!
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Post  EarthsAngel on Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:59 am

LOL Dolly, I can just imagine the cops face when he heard it was a sausage barmcake!!! Reading all these stories just makes me realize that the UK reallu has gone BARMY! (pun intended) lol!


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