What?December 26, 2016 Tim WorstallCrime13 CommentsA pair of pliers must also be destroyed. That’s part of a court order and the mind just boggles…. previousSo here’s one reason for expensive housingnextAnyone want to send me this paper? Thanks David, I have this now 13 thoughts on “What?” bloke in spain December 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm It’s quite possible the pliers have been modified to take the embossing die, so would technically be an article to facilitate a crime. But it’s that word “destroy”. No doubt plod will be billing dosh for a professional plier destroyer. Rather than just chuck them in the bin. JuliaM December 26, 2016 at 12:37 pm Well, it IS taxpayer money…. *sets up new business* Theophrastus December 26, 2016 at 1:09 pm Apparently, the pliers were stolen. But why destroy them, unless (as BiS suggests) they had been modified for nefarious purposes. http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/sausage-roll-swindler-narrowly-avoids-12364749 Demetrius December 26, 2016 at 2:09 pm But how is the poor chap going to cut his toenails? Will he need council support and facilities now? Matthew L December 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm It’s Wham!, not What? Bloke in Costa Rica December 26, 2016 at 6:32 pm Maybe it’s part of this weird new animist religion that the Left seems so fond of, in which people are killed by guns (rather than with them) and trucks spontaneously go on rampages in Christmas markets. The pliers are complicit in the great pasty heist and must be punished. Andrew M December 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm Journalists like to tack an unusual detail to the end of their stories, to check whether their editors are actually reading them thoroughly. More seriously, isn’t it about time all court transcripts were available online? Then we might be able to make up our own minds, rather than relying on the Daily Mail’s third hand reporting. BlokeInBrum December 26, 2016 at 7:22 pm On reading the story in the Mail, it seems clear that the loyalty card stamper used to provide unlimited goodies from Gregg’s, is most likely in the form of pliers, hence the requirement of the court to destroy them. Bloke in Spain had it correct from the off. Edward Lud December 26, 2016 at 10:09 pm It’s quite routine for such items to be forfeited and destroyed (or chucked in the bin) if there is the faintest whiff they’ve been involved in the proven criminality. Yes, it seems petty and absurd. On the other hand, you can imagine the reaction if Mohammed Scrote, convicted of burglary whilst in possession of a jemmy was allowed to retain possession of the jemmy. Pcar December 27, 2016 at 12:21 am @Matthew L, It’s Wham!, not What? Good one. Bah, Humbug… Is This The Real Reason Obama Tried To Kill The Coal Industry? So Much For Subtlety December 27, 2016 at 6:40 am bloke in spain – “But it’s that word “destroy”. No doubt plod will be billing dosh for a professional plier destroyer. Rather than just chuck them in the bin.” No doubt someone in the plod will be billing us for the destruction. But I expect his brother-in-law will be eating a lot of free tattie scones. Like when guns are destroyed in the US. Only to turn up in murders in Chicago. There is a word for all of this – it is a deodand. Except usually the pliers would have to kill someone. So Much For Subtlety December 27, 2016 at 8:33 am Actually the best news in the Mail recently was the claim that the RSPCA may be stripped of its power to prosecute. A step forward for liberty that is all too rare these days. And they said eating soya results in lower sperm counts. Correlation or causation? Bloke in Costa Rica December 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm Gorging yourself on Gregg’s pies is likely to cause an early demise, so maybe they are a deodand. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.