I find this fascinating. Rog in the comments to my previous England shirt story* points me in the direction of someone else who says the England shirt has been banned:
A CHARITY shop volunteer has complained to police that an officer stopped her in the street and told her not to wear her England football shirt.
Tracey Rose, 30, said the incident kicked off when she was walking in Weymouth and a uniformed officer pulled up in his police car to tackle her.
"It’s political correctness gone mad," she said.
She added: “The police car pulled up and the officer said I had to take my England top off.
"I kept asking ‘why?’ and he wouldn’t tell me.”
Miss Rose said the officer told her to go and change but she said she would be late for her volunteer work.
Ah, PC gone mad in every sense, eh. Eh? SeewhatIdidthere! You couldn't make it up! Except... well, let's see. Why would this copper do this? As a joke? As a bet? To annoy this poor woman? Or did it happen at all? As you'll see from the other story, there's a large slice of doubt about whether the incident actually happened or not. How about this time? Well, the cops have denied it, as of course you'd expect, but we have no way of knowing - other than by trusting this member of the public and taking them at face value - whether it happened or not.
My question is whether that's really good enough. We can all go around claiming all sorts of things, but we don't end up in newspapers being taken seriously. It's only because this fits in with an existing story that it's being picked up. The myth keeps coming true, because we're looking for evidence of it. I am finding it fascinating to see these stories start to pop up. Who will be next to say they were banned from wearing the England shirt? What kind of motivation is there for claiming such a thing? Are there cops going around making the myth come true for a laugh? It's possible, but I know what I think.
* A lot of you have very helpfully sent comments pointing me in the direction of stories about someone with the same name as the bus shirt ban mum, who has been convicted of various offences. I can't verify it's the same person.