From the Daily Telegraph the truth known or suspected breaks cover - that certain civilians are "permitted" to impose on-the-spot fines upon us with basically no proper training and, most importantly, no oath to The Crown.
It is bad enough we have on-the-spot fines as it is, for it bends or breaks the 1689 Bill of Rights, an Act of Settlement that no Act of Parliament can overrule, I might add, but for the powers to be extended to untrained, plain-clothed civilians, even those employed by private companies, is most disturbing.
Of course they begin with easy targets - dog fouling, littering and "motoring offences", but once this gets established, mission creep is almost certainly built-in, considering the track record of legislation curled out by our current administration. They can also demand names and addresses...demand? On pain of what? Arrest?
If I were subjected to an attempted stop by people out of uniform I will consider it an act of car-jacking or highway robbery, as in these lawless times one does not have the luxury of "finding out" the good intentions or otherwise, especially as we are being prevented from defending ourselves. So they should be prepared for crushed toes unless a uniformed officer is conspicuously present.
If some council johnny with a laminated card tries to get my name and address then they are very much mistaken. They have not sworn an oath, so they are no more able to demand my name than any other citizen. Yes, "the law" says they "can", but it is the duty of all citizens to resist bad law, and this is bad law.