Steven Peers not to be prosecuted for impersonating a police officer (by...

Steven Peers not to be prosecuted for impersonating a police officer (by wearing a toy helmet and pig mask)




We covered the case of the man, now named as 46 year old Steven Peers, arrested for wearing a toy police officers helmet and pig mask last week. Well, common sense has prevailed and Mr Peers will not be prosecuted for any offences relating to his action.

There are now more details of Mr Peers motivation. Apparently, his purpose is to perform ‘comical parodies’ of the Greater Manchester Police. Whilst wearing his faux police outfit he calls himself ‘Officer 666’ which he does to highlight ‘violence, corruption and bad behaviour’ carried out be Manchester police.

The Police haven’t stated why they won’t be prosecuting Mr Peers – whether it was felt that there was not sufficient evidence to get a conviction or there was no public interest in prosecuting Mr Peers. We would hazard a guess that it was both. At least after this was publicised and they looked ridiculous in the press …

Dan is a barrister at 2 Dr. Johnson’s Buildings practising in crime.


  1. And are police police officers who carried lout this malicious act going to be prosecuted for misconduct in public office, harassment, whatever? I know, pigs might fly.

  2. Actually there is a serious point. Arrest, waiting for possible charge, and so on can have a devastating effect. Stress, disruption to life, and having an arrest on your record. However holding to account and obtaining compensation are both near impossible.

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