As set out in this report, the magistrates at Hereford have fined a man for putting his rubbish in the wrong coloured sack.
Not just a slap on the wrist, not just a small telling off – a fine of £1,000.
We rely on the magistrates, the lay presence in the judicial system, to exercise a bit of common sense in judgment. They are supposedly the prime representatives of the theory that we stand in judgment of our peers rather than being judged by an overbearing, over-mighty state. Well, not here.
You'll see from the article that the council goes so far as to boast about the conviction, rather than feel any shame at this absurdity.
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By Alex Deane