Britain really is broken or at least, breaking.
- Stuart Pettman, 43, frogmarched the youth to a station after his son Oliver was shot in Bexley, South London
- But police arrested him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, after the youth complained and his car keys were mistaken for a knife
- Businessman has decided to move his family to Singapore, saying he has had enough of ‘broken Britain’
- UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a friend of Mr Pettman, has written to police demanding an explanation for his arrest
By Rob Preece
PUBLISHED: 04:26 EST, 24 August 2012 | UPDATED: 07:55 EST, 24 August 2012
A businessman was arrested and held in a cell for seven hours after he frogmarched a yob to a police station for shooting his son with an airgun.
Stuart Pettman, 43, was furious after his 12-year-old son Oliver was surrounded by older youths and shot in the head, back and leg.
But after he spotted the boy responsible and insisted he accompany him to the police station, Mr Pettman was stunned to find he was being arrested himself a day later.
Police told him they were holding him on suspicion of assault and possessing a deadly weapon.
The boy he apprehended had made a complaint about him, and his car keys had been mistaken for a knife.
Mr Pettman, who runs an internet service for financial traders, said that officers had treated him ‘like a dangerous criminal’ by photographing him, taking his fingerprints and making him give a DNA sample.
Police have told him he will not be charged, but he has decided to move his family from their £800,000 detached home in Bexley, South London, to Singapore, where he is opening a new office.
Notice how there is no description of the shooter but there is this lower down:
Mr Pettman’s son Oliver said he was attacked after he was approached in Bexley’s Golden Acre Park by a group of youths, who accused him of being racist and demanded he kiss a teenager’s feet.
When he denied he was racist and refused to kiss the youth’s feet, he was shot three times.