red-handed make a mockery of their claim "not to be involved"!
July 26th, 1999, Studland Bay
The admired red posts have been fitted with protective covers to shield the
National Trust's precious red paint from the adverse elements - the perpetrators of this
generous and public-spirited act have modestly declined to identify themselves
to this reporter, but are understood to be strong supporters of the National Trust's
stewardship of the formerly unspoilt expanse of beach, dunes and heath. However,
as our picture shows, Dorset Police do not approve of these aesthetically
pleasing additions to the landscape and are seen to remove them all, leaving the
delicate red paint once again at the mercy of the savage weather conditions
frequently experienced in this part of the world.
Do police officers go around Swanage removing fly-posters from empty shop
One obvious question springs to mind: do police officers go around Swanage
removing fly-posters from empty shop fronts? An in-depth study conducted among a
broad cross-section of Swanage residents reveals the answer to this question to
be a resounding "No!"
Why, then, are they doing the equivalent at Studland? This makes a mockery of
Inspector Downer's claim to be "not involved" in the dispute between
nudists and the National Trust, and also throws into doubt the veracity of her claim that
she alone tells her officers where to patrol and what to do. Clearly, on this
occasion, the National Trust have attached the puppet strings and jerked them and, as our
exclusive picture shows, away they danced.