He drank 20 cans of cider, “banged a load of powder”, bribed a Wembley guard and stuck a firework up his rear end and some out there says he was just a young man enjoying himself. I don’t agree. Why wasn’t he arrested?
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I have been astonished at the reaction to my tweet about Charlie Perry, the 25-year-old roofer who went viral when a video showed him sticking a firework up his read end along the Wembley Way.
My bet was that people would be outraged especially when they discovered that by his own admission he had drunk 20 (yes twenty) cans of cider and “banged a load of powder (I presume he was talking about cocaine) before the Euro Final on Sunday.
And if that didn’t get you going what about the bribes he paid to a security guard to gain access to the stadium.
You might have thought now he had sobered up he would be apologetic. Not a word of it. He told The Sun it was “the best day of his life” and he had nothing to be sorry about.
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Some of the tweets joked that they wouldn’t want Mr Perry replacing the tiles on their roof but others said effectively that he was 25 and that we all do daft things when we are young. I don’t share that view.
Supposing he had driven home and killed a child. Would those same tweeters be so relaxed. No, they would have been demanding a life sentence.
Mr Perry committed at least three crimes on his day out and it does not reflect well on the police that they did not arrest him.
However I do see hope. Mr Perry from Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, says he is looking forward to going to Qatar for the World Cup in 2022.
So am I because the police there will have jailed him for at least a decade if he tries any of those tricks.
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