So, just a few days after I wrote this:
A man is facing court after allegedly trying to organise a 1,000-person waterfight in Colchester town centre.
Not that – not ‘holding’ one, ‘allegedly trying’ to hold one!
A 20-year-old man from Colchester has been charged with attempting to encourage or assist in the commission of an indictable only offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007.
Yes, you read that right. The Serious Crime Act. Someone needs to look at a dictionary.
Another 20-year-old, arrested on suspicion of inciting public disorder on Facebook after allegations he tried to organise a waterfight, was released without charge.
When this went round Twitter like wildfire, the Essex Police official Twitter account (usually just used for puff-piece PR announcement) was stung into a response:
“Re water fight comments – police believe there may be more involved in light of recent disorder”
That excuse is going to be used a lot, in the coming months, I fear…
* Nope, I’m lying! I love it!