Terminally-ill man piled on by police after ‘moonie’ at speed camera van

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A terminally-ill university lecturer arrested for mooning a speed camera van turned up at court today (May 17) in a rude Bart Simpson t-shirt.

Darrell Meekcom, 55, pleaded not guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court whilst wearing a shirt showing the cartoon character flashing his bum at police.

The dad-of-two from Kidderminster, who suffers multiple system atrophy (MSA), flashed a mobile speed camera van as part of his bucket list.

The wheelchair-user also has Parkinson's as well as heart and kidney problems.

He had been arrested in November on suspicion of indecent exposure but was bailed and subsequently interviewed under caution in January.

He was then charged with two counts of using threatening behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress last month.

Mr Meekcom was also charged with obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.

The Bart Simpson image which he wore today was actually spray-painted onto an underpass near his home by Glasgow-based graffiti artist Rebel Bear after the story first made headlines.

The shirt also had "Keep right on to the end of the road" written on it, in reference to Birmingham City FC's Keep Right On anthem.

Today's 10 minute hearing saw Mr Meekcom plead not guilty to all three charges ahead of a trial at Redditch Magistrates' Court set for August 2.

Outlining the case, prosecutor Owen Beale said: "You may have seen something of this in the media because the prosecution case is that he decided to drop his trousers at a speed enforcement van.

"When officers went over to his home he wouldn't come out."

At the time of his arrest, Mr Meekcom said he was "gobsmacked" by the "heavy-handed" approach of West Mercia Police after footage showed six officers bundling him over in his back garden.

He said: "It's pathetic. What an absolute waste of public funding.

"This is an escalation of what they've done. You can't keep changing it and altering it until you find something that fits.

"I pulled my trousers down and mooned at a speed camera. That's all I did.

"They are essentially admitting that there was no offence committed in the first place.

"There is nothing on this charge sheet saying I committed any initial offence whatsoever.

"So all this is after they bashed my doors in, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage, for no good reason.

"It is a case of bullying and they are trying to get anything they can possibly get to get me."

The footage, filmed by his wife Sarah, 36, shows Mr Meekcom 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."

A police spokesperson said last month: "As legal proceedings are now active, West Mercia Police cannot make any further comment at this time."

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