A curiosity shop owner and councillor has had his stone willy seized by police after complaints it was supposedly obscene.
Jason Hadlow, chairman of Yarm Town Council and owner of the Simply Dutch store in Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, was left gobsmacked at the confiscation.
Now he faces an £80 fine to get his 4ft high masonry manhood back – something he has refused to do. Hadlow has instead ordered 150 more of the garden ornaments from Indonesia, 10 of which have already been sold.
It’s absolute madness they’ve taken this willy – it was right there in the shop window next to a statue of Venus and a replica of Michelangelo’s David, said the entrepreneur, who lives in Yarm. They involve boobs and willies – and there was a sign nearby saying Big Dick’s Sausages and they didn’t take that.
Hadlow was given 24 hours to remove the stone penis. When officers returned and he hadn’t complied, it was put into a police van and Hadlow ordered to pay an £80 fine to release it or face court action. He added: The policewoman said it was 4ft tall. It’s not that high, but people do often overestimate when it comes to willy size.
Hadlow has 21 days to pay the fine – but is hoping a Facebook group he set up called Free Willy will persuade the police to drop the charges – at the time the Evening Gazette went to print today he had 269 supporters online.
A spokesman for the North Yorkshire Police dicks said: The owner of Simply Dutch was visited on March 31 following a complaint from a member of the public. He was given the opportunity to remove the offending item within 24 hours. Officers returned the next day and issued him with a penalty notice for disorder for committing a public order offence after his decision to leave the item on view.