The Police Federation, which represents 130,000 rank-and-file officers, produced a list of arrests officers were forced to make because of a loss of discretion under pressure to meet targets.
Officers have detained a child for throwing buns at a bus and a pensioner for trimming a neighbour's hedge too vigorously.
At its annual conference in
The dossier of incidents includes:
* A man from
* A child in Kent who removed a slice of cucumber from a sandwich and threw it at another youngster and was arrested because the other child's parents claimed it was assault.
More stupidity can be read here.
What we need is elected police commissioners. The only person that could give the police targets then would be elected police commissioners. The government would have no power over the police so they would be able to get on with the job of protecting society and not arresting people for stupid things.