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article imagePolice officers protecting the Queen are wheel-clamped

By Kev Hedges     May 27, 2011 in Crime
Portsmouth - A wheel clamper who clamped two unmarked police protection vehicles - while officers were sat inside - will appear before magistrates in Portsmouth, England after being arrested at the scene.
Gareth Andrews, 37, of Privett Road, Fareham, clamped the unmarked police vehicles, parked on Gunwharf Quays on Wednesday . The vehicles were carrying officers from the special Royal protection squad and were there to protect the Queen, on a surprise visit to Portsmouth. Only a day earlier on Tuesday the Queen had entertained President Obama and his wife Michelle with another informal dinner before he headed off to a G8 summit in France. On this occasion the Queen was enjoying lunch on board a super-yacht owned by Sir Donald Gosling, the National Car Parks millionaire, reports the Southern Daily Echo. The Queen had arrived in Portsmouth by helicopter.
Mr Andrews will now appear before South East Hampshire Magistrates' Court on June 3. A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary Police said its officers had been prevented from carrying out their duties whilst conducting a security operation.
The wheel clamper's company, Shoal Enforcement said: "A plain-clothes police officer produced his warrant card and requested that both vehicles be released. Our member of staff confirmed he would release the vehicles if the police officer would provide confirmation that he was on duty. The police officer declined and arrested our member of staff for obstruction. There were no officers in the vehicles at any time during the incident and our member of staff was correctly displaying his SIA licence."
The police however tell a different story on the regulation regarding the display of the appropriate licensing badge. They say he was not displaying his SIA licence and have subsequently charged him on that indictment also.
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