Tobogganing Bobbies Scolded for Riot-Shield Rides

By: AP News Now
By: AP News Now

LONDON (AP) - Some British bobbies have been reprimanded after
they used their riot shields as makeshift sleds during the
country's cold snap.

A passer-by filmed the bobbies goofing around on a snowy hill in
Oxford and posted the clip on YouTube. It shows a policeman
barreling downhill while another shouts, "Whatever happens, keep
smiling!"

Rick Latham, who filmed the scene on Tuesday, said he was
pleasantly surprised by the officers' actions. He thought they were
going to scold him for trying to slide down the hill in a kayak.

Thames Valley Police Superintendent Andrew Murray said Thursday
he had told the officers "that tobogganing on duty, on police
equipment and at taxpayers' expense is a very bad idea."

But he added that snow brings "out the child in all of us."


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