Claim against police means Young is out

Martin Young

Martin Young

First published in News

Gun-collecting developer Martin Young said bureaucracy and a bid to sue police are his reasons for stepping aside in the race to be police and crime commissioner.

Mr Young had announced his intention to run in July, despite having a criminal record, but pulled out of the race on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to a public order offence in 2008 when, in a dispute over his Old High Street property, he told a council officer over the phone: “I am armed, blood will be spilt.”

He got a two-year conditional discharge and police seized his collection of more than 350 antique guns and took his firearms licence.

And he claimed his reason for taking his name off the ballot sheet was to do with a misunderstanding of the requirements of the job, and he is taking legal action against officers.

Mr Young said: “I went to a police briefing which was very informative and they were very kind to tell us all about the job and I hadn’t really appreciated the nature of the thing and it didn’t seem to be really me.

“The bureaucracy which seems to surround the whole organisation of the police seems to be more process over substance. The other reason is I am still involved in litigation against the police so I thought it would be inappropriate.”

Tomorrow is the deadline for nominations for the Thames Valley Police Crime Commissioner role, an £85,000-a-year job that will set the force budget and local policing plans.

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10:48am Thu 18 Oct 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

Does Martin Young own shares in Newsquest, it seems like almost every other day that there's an article about him, with a photo to accompany it?
Does Martin Young own shares in Newsquest, it seems like almost every other day that there's an article about him, with a photo to accompany it? Dilligaf2010
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3:27pm Thu 18 Oct 12

paul from Kennington says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
Does Martin Young own shares in Newsquest, it seems like almost every other day that there's an article about him, with a photo to accompany it?
Which is a good thing Dilly Lad. He was persecuted by the council, and maliciously prosecuted by the police. The man had a priceless collection of antique guns, and a firearm licence, yet they still confiscated the lot, even not returning them to go on display in a museum (heritage lost), people like him need to be in the news as a wake up call to the authorities that think that they can go on persecuting the little man and get away with it. Think about it, a house knocked down in Headington and over a hundred Brookes student flats built by one of the big boys, 2 hundred yards away permission to knock down a house and build only 6 more by a little guy (Mr Young) is refused. WHY ?
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: Does Martin Young own shares in Newsquest, it seems like almost every other day that there's an article about him, with a photo to accompany it?[/p][/quote]Which is a good thing Dilly Lad. He was persecuted by the council, and maliciously prosecuted by the police. The man had a priceless collection of antique guns, and a firearm licence, yet they still confiscated the lot, even not returning them to go on display in a museum (heritage lost), people like him need to be in the news as a wake up call to the authorities that think that they can go on persecuting the little man and get away with it. Think about it, a house knocked down in Headington and over a hundred Brookes student flats built by one of the big boys, 2 hundred yards away permission to knock down a house and build only 6 more by a little guy (Mr Young) is refused. WHY ? paul from Kennington
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2:34am Sat 20 Oct 12

Carfax Cabby says...

Shame really, I had him in the back of my cab a couple of weeks ago and he seemed a genuinely nice man, very polite and well spoken, I wish all my passengers were like that
Shame really, I had him in the back of my cab a couple of weeks ago and he seemed a genuinely nice man, very polite and well spoken, I wish all my passengers were like that Carfax Cabby
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