A TERMINALLY-ILL Kidderminster man who mooned at a speed camera has been cleared of a public order offence.

Darrell Meekcom has been cleared by Redditch magistrates of obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.

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West Mercia Police also confirmed a complaint had been received and would now be referred to their professional standards department.

Chair of the bench Justice Charles Townsend said: “After a lengthy hearing and a lengthy discussion, we conclude as follows.

“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 the ground.

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

“Therefore we find you not guilty of resisting arrest and that your defence of self-protection has been accepted.

“You’re free to leave.”

In her closing statement, prosecutor Sarah Hurd argued Mr Meekcom, aged 55, had not mentioned any medical condition before he was retrained.

She added: "The officers made the decision to break that door and go and arrest him. Absolutely nothing wrong with that.

“At no time the officers were aware of any health issues.

“You can see that he is taken to the ground. It is then that the defendant says ‘I have Parkinson's’.

“He has resisted the officers from the moment the officers tried to arrest him until he is thrown to the ground.

“There is no doubt at all that footage shows the defendant clearly evading arrest. We’re not saying for a minute that this is a very serious offence of resist.

“He's admitted mooning an officer and admitted that was on his bucket list. He's the one that should really be answerable for the wasting of police time and energy.”

Darrell Meekcom was detained in his back garden by several officers after he bared his bottom at a mobile speed camera van 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.

Mr Meekcom went on trial at Redditch Magistrates Court on Tuesday, August 2 accused of obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.

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

A West Mercia Police 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.”