VIDEO: Police step in after busker drama in Bridport

Dorset Echo: VIDEO: Police step in after busker drama in Bridport VIDEO: Police step in after busker drama in Bridport

A BUSKER has been handed an on-the-spot fine after causing chaos in Bucky Doo Square yesterday morning.

Police officer Scott McGregor, who was near Bridport Arts Centre at the time, stepped in to intervene.

Shocked onlookers and stall traders told how they saw police tackle the man to the ground to calm him down after he had chucked a bucket of water at another performer.

PC McGregor said the busker, a cellist who did not have a permit, had been playing in the square for an hour before another guitar-playing busker with a permit asked him to stop playing. He added: “I stepped in to calm him down. He has been dealt a penalty notice.”

The busker with a permit, who did not wish to be named, said: “I politely asked the cello player to move on because I had a permit to play in Bucky Doo Square that day, and he continued playing.

“He said he wasn’t moving. I began to play my guitar and it wasn’t long before he had chucked water over me.”

One onlooker said it was lucky that the police were in the area at the time to step in.

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11:04am Thu 26 Jun 14

badgerboi says...

A bit of a to-do in Bucky doo eh?
A bit of a to-do in Bucky doo eh? badgerboi
  • Score: 6

3:26pm Thu 26 Jun 14

westbaywonder says...

Welcome to Trumpton town,what a farce of a place! LOL
Welcome to Trumpton town,what a farce of a place! LOL westbaywonder
  • Score: 4

3:29pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

I seem to recall that throwing CLEAN water over someone is an assault, but throwing filthy water, such as *sewage* is not - funny old world, isn't it ??!!
I seem to recall that throwing CLEAN water over someone is an assault, but throwing filthy water, such as *sewage* is not - funny old world, isn't it ??!! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 2

4:20pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Tinker2 says...

Bit over the top use of force by the police? First line of action is to restrain, cuff 'em, then establish dialogue. Perhaps the dialogue could come first and the use of force as a last resort?
Bit over the top use of force by the police? First line of action is to restrain, cuff 'em, then establish dialogue. Perhaps the dialogue could come first and the use of force as a last resort? Tinker2
  • Score: -9

4:24pm Thu 26 Jun 14

shy talk says...

Looking at the bucket. This begs the question was it water? I shall leave it to your imagination.
Looking at the bucket. This begs the question was it water? I shall leave it to your imagination. shy talk
  • Score: 0

6:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

luffy22 says...

all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance
all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance luffy22
  • Score: 0

7:52pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Get a grip says...

luffy22 wrote:
all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance
There is one in Weymouth who can not sing
[quote][p][bold]luffy22[/bold] wrote: all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance[/p][/quote]There is one in Weymouth who can not sing Get a grip
  • Score: 8

7:52pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Get a grip says...

luffy22 wrote:
all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance
There is one in Weymouth who can not sing
[quote][p][bold]luffy22[/bold] wrote: all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance[/p][/quote]There is one in Weymouth who can not sing Get a grip
  • Score: 4

10:39pm Thu 26 Jun 14

unexpected error says...

Get a grip wrote:
luffy22 wrote:
all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance
There is one in Weymouth who can not sing
Just the one?
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]luffy22[/bold] wrote: all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance[/p][/quote]There is one in Weymouth who can not sing[/p][/quote]Just the one? unexpected error
  • Score: 5

10:11am Fri 27 Jun 14

MaidofDorset says...

Not being able t sign can work to a buskers advantage. I used to work in an establishment where a particularly tuneless guy would set up outside. My manager would give me £5 or £10 and tell me to give it to the guy if he'd move off down the road as he was driving the customers away. He'd work his way down the high street in a morning.
Not being able t sign can work to a buskers advantage. I used to work in an establishment where a particularly tuneless guy would set up outside. My manager would give me £5 or £10 and tell me to give it to the guy if he'd move off down the road as he was driving the customers away. He'd work his way down the high street in a morning. MaidofDorset
  • Score: 5

1:08pm Fri 27 Jun 14

JackJohnson says...

luffy22 wrote:
all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance
Some buskers are brilliant, most are genuinely pathetic. The licensing scheme should include rehearsals to demonstrate that they are going to be an asset to the area and are not just X-Factor or BGT rejects.

And yes, amplifiers/recorded music (with the possible exception of judiciously - and quietly - used backing tracks) should not be allowed. Backing tracks should not be left playing while the busker is having a fag or taking a break.
[quote][p][bold]luffy22[/bold] wrote: all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance[/p][/quote]Some buskers are brilliant, most are genuinely pathetic. The licensing scheme should include rehearsals to demonstrate that they are going to be an asset to the area and are not just X-Factor or BGT rejects. And yes, amplifiers/recorded music (with the possible exception of judiciously - and quietly - used backing tracks) should not be allowed. Backing tracks should not be left playing while the busker is having a fag or taking a break. JackJohnson
  • Score: 2

6:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

I'mavoter says...

Certainly seems to have hit the wrong note there, lol.
Certainly seems to have hit the wrong note there, lol. I'mavoter
  • Score: 1

12:30pm Sat 28 Jun 14

JackJohnson says...

Get a grip wrote:
luffy22 wrote:
all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance
There is one in Weymouth who can not sing
Only one?
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]luffy22[/bold] wrote: all buskers should be arrested, especially ones who amplify their music just to make sure we can hear how badly they play from a great distance[/p][/quote]There is one in Weymouth who can not sing[/p][/quote]Only one? JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

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