Crime

Man Arrested For 'Offensive' Christmas Lights (Video)

| by Brendan Kelly

A U.K. man has been arrested and fined after neighbors complained about the "offensive" Christmas lights on his house (video below).

Steve McGawley, a 43-year-old father of four, has been arrested after police received complaints about his Christmas lights display that resembled a penis.

According to the Daily Mail, McGawley's display also included an image of a bell with the word "end" next to it. 

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The father filmed his encounter with police officers when they arrived at his home and requested that he take down the display.

"You can either take it down or you can be charged with a public order offense," an officer tells him in the video.

McGawley initially spoke to officers through an upstairs window and refused to come down to speak with them face to face. He finally came downstairs after an officer threatened to come inside and arrest him.

The man tried to justify the display, telling officers, "The bell is festive," and that the image of a penis was, in fact, a mushroom. 

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"Why can't you just put 'Merry Christmas' up like everybody else?" one officer asked him.

McGawley was arrested after refusing the officers' request to take down the display.

"I'm not taking the lights down," he said. "It's too late to take them down. I've took them down I don't know how many times now."

Following his arrest, McGawley changed the lights to display a different message: "I'm Sorry."

McGawley says he thinks the officers took his display too seriously.

"I think it's way over the top," he said. "I was only having a laugh with the lights. It's a bit of a joke really. There are proper criminals out there they could be catching."

According to Metro, a spokesman for the Lancashire police released a statement after video of the incident spread online.

"On Monday, December 19, officers attended an address on Rodwell Walk following a number of complaints in relation to fairy lights on the outside of the house," the police spokesman said in a statement. "Despite attempts to engage with the occupant the lights were not taken down and a 43-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of a public order offense and issued with a penalty notice for disorder."

Sources: Daily MailMetroYouTube / Photo credit: YouTube

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