London Oxford cops who used their riot shields for toboggans during the recent, unprecedented snowy weather have been reprimanded by their Superintendent, Andrew Murray, who "reminded them in no uncertain terms that tobogganing on duty, on police equipment and at taxpayers' expense is a very bad idea should they wish to progress under my command."
Hell, I'd rather have them tobogganing on the things than using them to beat up peaceful protesters at Climate Camp.
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