Kent Police Respond

This is the first reply to the emails about the Ciggy Busters.
Its a letter of acknoledgement from Kent police to Large Merlot Please

Thanks David, you got their attention at least. We wait with baited breath (that smells of fags).

Dear Mr Atherton

Thank you for your email of 19 August 2010.

As your letter refers to policing matters involving the Medway Policing Area, I am
forwarding your correspondence onto Chief Superintendent Corbishley, the Area
Commander, with responsibility for policing in Hoo. Please be assured that he will
arrange for your concerns to be dealt with appropriately, ensuring that a response
is sent directly to you on this matter.

Kent Police are committed to meeting public expectation on service delivery and we
aim to respond to all letters regarding our service levels within 20 working days.
If you have not heard from us within this time, please do not hesitate to contact me


Enquiries Support
Chief Constable's Executive Support Office
Force Headquarters
Sutton Road
ME15 9BZ

'Protecting and Serving the people of Kent'
P please don't print this e-mail unless you really need to.

>>> 19/08/10 11:08 >>>
Dear Ms Gramegna and Medway Police,

I trust you are well.

Freedom2Choose are pro choice smoking organisaion and Alex Deane of Big
Brother Wath has brought to my attention your recent 6th Form Media
Studies project on smokers. From the article it says that pupils "have
been running up to smokers in the street, shouting "ciggy busters" and
snatching their cigarettes from them. And filming themselves doing it."
Also "Kent police in Medway were made aware of the planned filming, prior
to the event taking place."

Finally "I knew we could not really go and film in public and attack
people in that way and take goods off of them, so we devised a cunning

We planted some people and we started with them. People were watching and
following us and at the end we tried with some other people."

I find this a criminal act of common assault and theft, it is also
offensive. I find it beggars belief that police have not advised you that
on unwilling subjects an illegal act has taken place and have not advised
this to be stopped. If these attacks were carried out on ethnic minorites
or gays there would be a justifiable outrage. Can I ask you what is the
difference between your actions and a "happy slapping" filmed by yobs?

I also understand that this stunt maybe repeated in September, I ask that
it be stopped immediately.

I look forward to your reply.

David Atherton


This from The Filthy Engineer

They are doing a lot of "forwarding".

You've got to admire their alacrity.

Dear Filthy Engineer.

Thank you for your e-mail.

This department deals with complaints about the conduct of officers and staff from Kent Police, and not with crime allegations. I have therefore forwarded your concerns to the Complaints Manager at Medway requesting that the information you have provided be forwarded to the relevant Crime Manager at Medway and asking that an officer makes contact with you to discuss the matter further.

Sue Cooper


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