Remember back at the beginning of lockdown … AGB, the SAA and even your humble editor were warning archers of the perils of backyard archery? Well this poor archer learned the hard way that people can be a bit stupid, panicky or just plain vindictive.
Archer and instructor Rob Frontier had been rough shooting in a sunken glade in some woods when he was surrounded by armed police. He had been reported as “intoxicated” and in possession of a bow and arrows.
He had had people watching him shoot who enjoyed what he was doing but someone felt the need to report him. Now while this tale had a happy ending for our hero since the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Section 154 is quite clear in there has to be “intent to cause alarm or distress” which he had not. And its is a very valid defense for you to prove that your conduct was reasonable which he could… however it could all have ended very messily indeed.
So now we have GA back open again … the best place for archery is down at Craigholme (or your own club if you aren’t a Glasgow Archer) where any visit from the police is purely one of interest or routine. If your own club’s registered venue isn’t open yet and you are in central scotland … you can always come shoot with us!
Original story found in the Swindon Advertiser: Archery instructor says he was left traumatised after armed police swooped