A pensioner was fined £75 for using a dog brush to groom his animal in a public park, with the community protection officer (CPO) saying he was littering by leaving some dog hair on the ground.
Sixty-six-year-old Roy Wyre was walking his dog, Spencer, in Harvey Hadden playing fields near Nottingham city centre last Wednesday (October 5th), reports the Daily Telegraph.
Mr Wyre was initially approached as he was wearing a high-visibility uniform, which the CPO mistook for him impersonating a police officer.
Since the fine was issued, Nottingham City Council has issued an apology and cancelled the fine. It has also launched an internal investigation over the incident.
A council spokesman explained that the CPO in question thought Mr Wyre's was impersonating a police officer and he had checked with a police colleague to verify his concerns.
He is quoted as saying: "This turned out not to be the case.
"We would fully expect our officers to be vigilant and to make enquires if they suspect someone of impersonating a police officer.
"The gentleman in question was also fined for littering but once the full circumstances became clear, a decision was made to overturn this and an apology was issued."