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Pensioner’s dramatic arrest after ‘mooning’

This is the shocking moment that a terminally-ill, retired pensioner is attacked and beaten by six police officers in a harmless bucket list prank.

Six police officers arrested a retired lecturer who was in terminal illness for showing his bum to a speed camera to finish his bucket list.

After being told last month that he had multiple system Atrophy, Darrell Meekcom, 55 compiled a list of things he wanted before he died. The SunReports

One of the items he wanted to moon was a speed camera. He did this last Friday when he exposed his stomach to a van in Kidderminster (Worcestershire) in the UK.

But the disabled dad-of-two was left stunned when the cop failed to see the funny side and contacted colleagues to report the “indecent exposure”.

Twenty minutes later, three police vehicles pulled up in front of his home and demanded that he allow them in.

Officers entered the home and kicked down a garden gate. They then wrestled him to the ground to place him in cuffs.

Mobile phone footage filmed by his wife Sarah, 36, a nurse, shows Mr Meekcom calmly telling officers: “I’m terminally ill, I won’t be able to breathe like this.

“This is ridiculous – I moonied a speed camera. I moonied a speed camera.”

One female officer can be heard replying: “Well that is a significant statement that you have just made to us.”

Mr Meekcom, who also has Parkinson’s disease, heart and kidney problems, says he was happy to tick this one of his bucket list.

“It is something I had always wanted to do because I’d been caught by them a couple of times for silly speeds … and it always bugged me,” he said.

“When I was given the diagnosis last month my wife suggested drawing up a bucket list and that was one of the items on there that I’ve now crossed off at some price.”

While Mr Meekcom was shopping at nearby Tesco Express, his trousers were dropped at a mobile speed camera van.

“I got out the car and flashed my bum. I pulled my pants up and got back into the car. I didn’t think anything of it,” he said.

“I came home and within 20 minutes there was a police van outside. They were banging on the windows. Three squad cars arrived in five minutes.

“I was too scared to go out. It was quite frightening really.”

‘Abuse of police power’

Mr. Meekcom, who was taken into custody and later released under investigation for indecent exposure as well as dangerous driving, was arrested.

“Despite coming out to the police to give myself up they destroyed my front door and smashed the back gate to pieces,” he said.

“There were six of them restraining me trying to get their arms up my back.

“All this for mooning a speed camera. My release from custody notice also states dangerous driving, which is absurd.

“I drove off when the speed camera van started taking my details but I assure you there was nothing dangerous about it. It’s honestly all just baffling.”

Mr Meekcom is the father of two daughters, aged 10 and 8. He was diagnosed last month with multiple system atrophy (MSA), which is a terminal condition that affects your nervous system.

He states that the average life expectancy for someone with MSA is approximately six years. However this can vary from person to person.

After being released, his vision was blurred, and he also suffered two seizures.

He was referred to Worcestershire Royal Hospital after he was worried about a brain bleed.

Mr Meekcom, who used to lecture medical students at Birmingham City University, added: “I feel like I have been abused. It was a shocking act of bullying.

“They saw me as a big fellow. They might have perceived me to be a threat, but I was able to withstand five-year-old children’s attacks.

“They could have killed me very easily and even when I calmly explained the situation they carried on restraining me and cuffing me from behind.

“They did not even provide care for me when I was in custody despite my various conditions and suffering a blow to the head.

“I felt the response was completely disproportionate in the circumstances.

“At one point I took a photo of one officer goading me through the window, it was like they were laughing at me and knew what they were going to do.

“I feel it was an abuse of police power and privilege.”

Mr Meekcom – who also has a bungee jump and parachuting on his bucket list – says he has reported the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The West Mercia Police were contacted for comment.

This article first appeared on The SunIt has been reproduced with permission

Source: news.com.au

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