An overreactive enforcement officer called for police “back-up” and threatened a woman with arrest over a dog poo dilemma.
Amber Langtry, 35, was walking her dog with a friend when she was accused of not clearing up after her pet, which she denies.
In a 10 and a half-minute
saga video of the incident posted on YouTube, in which the officer is branded "overreactive", he can be heard saying: "Due to non-compliance of the female, I'm going to call the police now. Over."
Miss Langtry and her friend can be heard explaining to the Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officer that he has made a mistake, repeatedly asking him where the offending poo is – which he ignores, instead threatening action.
He then accuses her friend of being "aggressive."
He then proceeds to issue Miss Langtry with a ticket, reads her her rights and calls the police. Who arrived promptly to offer assistance over the poo predicament.
Under Schedule 5 of the Police Reform Act 2002, Enforcement Officers have the right to ask for a person's name and address, but they have no power of arrest including the reading of rights.
Miss Langtry told the Evening Standard: "When the police got here they were as bemused as I was, and they didn't have a problem with me or my dog."
The Standard revealed that in a five page letter to Miss Langtry Tower Hamlets council outlines that it will not be continuing with prosecution, but that "the officer has power to deal with an offence of failing to remove dog faces [sic]."
It goes on to state that "the officer was on single patrol at the time and made a dynamic risk assessment for his own personal safety.
"The dog barked at the officer and this is also admitted by the owner."