Terminally-ill lecturer cleared after arrest for mooning speed camera for bucket list

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Darrell Meekcom has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing after he mooned a speed camera for his bucket list. (SWNS)
Darrell Meekcom has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing after he mooned a speed camera for his bucket list. (SWNS)

A terminally-ill university lecturer who was arrested after mooning a speed camera as part of his bucket list has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

Darrell Meekcom, 55, was detained in his back garden by several officers after he bared his behind at a mobile speed camera van near his home in Kidderminster last November.

The dad-of-two, who has multiple system atrophy (MSA), was originally arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and dangerous driving before being bailed.

Footage of the incident showed Meekcom being bundled over and arrested in his back garden last November.

He said at the time he was left "gobsmacked" at the "heavy-handed" response and accused West Mercia Police of "outrageous bullying”.

Footage of the incident showed Darrell Meekcom being bundled over and arrested in his back garden last November. (SWNS)
Footage of the incident showed Darrell Meekcom being bundled over and arrested in his back garden last November. (SWNS)

Registered nurse Meekcom was bailed following the arrest and said he was interviewed under caution in January 2022.

He was subsequently charged with using threatening behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.

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But during his trial at Redditch Magistrates' Court, Meekcom, who had pleaded not guilty, was cleared of obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.

Chair of the bench Justice Charles Townsend said: “We note that at no point during the hour-long plus incident did you cooperate with or inform the police of any health issues until you were taken to ground.

“We feel the police acted quite lawfully on Friday, 5 November by arresting you.

“However, given the serious health conditions you are faced with, clenching your hands in the way that you did was justified, given the potential consequences of your hands being placed behind your back.”

Darrell Meekcom said at the time he was left 'gobsmacked' at the 'heavy-handed' response of police. (SWNS)
Darrell Meekcom said at the time he was left 'gobsmacked' at the 'heavy-handed' response of police. (SWNS)

Finding Meekcom not guilty of resisting arrest, Townsend told Meekcom that his defence of self-protection had “been accepted”.

Two further counts he had been facing of using threatening behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress were dropped by prosecutors.

Following the trial, Meekcom accused West Mercia Police of “changing the charge three times” adding: “When you're unwell, you don't want this.

Darrell Meekcom has multiple system atrophy and Parkinson's. (SWNS)
Darrell Meekcom has multiple system atrophy and Parkinson's. (SWNS)

“I maybe shouldn't have done it anyway, but when you're dying you think of things differently.”

West Mercia Police confirmed they had received a complaint, which will be referred to their professional standards department for a review.

A force spokesperson said: "We respect the decision of the magistrate in this case.

"We can also confirm that we have received a complaint in relation to this case, and now court proceedings have concluded, this will be reviewed by our professional standards department.”

Meekcom, who lives with wife Sarah, 36, and their two daughters, previously told how he was left stunned when cops turned up outside their home.

He had dropped his trousers at a mobile speed camera van on Stourbridge Road in Kidderminster while his wife went to buy some bread from a nearby Tesco Express.

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