Terminally-ill dad tackled to the ground by six police officers after ‘mooning’ at speed camera
Darrell Meekcom wanted to tick mooning at a speed camera off his bucket list
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A terminally-ill dad was tackled to the ground by six police officers and arrested after ‘mooning’ a speed camera as part of his bucket list.
Darrell Meekcom, 55, said he has no regrets about baring his bottom at a mobile speed camera van which led to a police raid on his home last Friday (5 November).
The disabled dad-of-two, who has multiple system atrophy (MSA), has now revealed the next item on his bucket list - to streak naked at a Premiership rugby match.
Shocking footage emerged of the retired university lecturer and registered nurse being tackled to the ground by six officers in his back garden.
However, despite being arrested for indecent exposure, Darrell has vowed to continue with his bucket list and streak at a Worcester Warriors rugby game.
‘I don’t regret anything’
Darrell, of Kidderminster, Worcestershire, said: "I don’t regret anything and I’d do it again.
"I still maintain that those officers have completely overreacted because I still haven’t seen anything about a law against mooning.
"If anything it has inspired me for another item on my bucket list which is to streak at a Worcester Warriors match.
"I can’t run though, so I’m going to need a mate to run on and push me in my wheelchair. They have got to streak too though so I just need some volunteers.
"I’ve always been a goody two-shoes nurse throughout my entire life and given my prognosis I now want to let my hair down a little.
"The other things on my bucket list are to drive a Jaguar XJ around Silverstone, do a bungee jump and a skydive.
"But I’m still compiling it as we only came up with the idea last Thursday and on the Friday I was arrested for ticking my first item off."
Why Darrell bared his bottom at a speed camera
Darrell said he has heard nothing else from West Mercia Police since they stormed his property and arrested him last week.
He added: "I’m still waiting to hear from them but I hope they will see common sense.
"I have never been naughty or in trouble with the police before so I’m still in a bit of shock to be honest.
"The only thing I’ve ever got in trouble for was being caught by these speed cameras.
"I’ve been done three times over the years and always in a really sneaky manner.
"They have always been hiding behind a tree or a wall and the speeds have been 33mph in a 30mph zone or 43mph in a 40mph zone - something ridiculous like that.
"So they have always really annoyed me for that reason. It seems to just be a sneaky way to make money from people who can’t always afford it.
"I just couldn’t understand such a heavy-handed response to mooning at one of them when they can’t even stop climate protesters blocking a motorway.”
Darrell, who lives with wife Sarah, 36, and their two daughters, previously told how he was left "gobsmacked" when police turned up outside their home.
He had dropped his trousers at a mobile speed camera van on Stourbridge Road while his wife went to buy some bread from a nearby Tesco Express.
What police said
A West Mercia Police spokesman said on Tuesday (9/11): "Around 1pm on Friday 5 November officers received a report of indecent exposure on Stourbridge Road.
"Officers attended and after a search of the area, located a person of interest in Coiey Close.
"A 55-year-old man from Kidderminster was arrested on suspicion of public order offences and released on bail.
"Enquiries are ongoing."
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