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Terminally-ill retired lecturer, 55, arrested by SIX police officers in garden after baring bottom

A terminally-ill pensioner was arrested by six police officers in his back garden after baring his bottom at a speed camera, because it was on his bucket list.

Retired university lecturer Darrell Meekcom drew up a list of things he wanted to do before he died after being given the tragic news last month he had multiple system atrophy.

Among the items was to moon a speed camera, so last Friday the 55-year-old bared his bottom to a mobile police speed van in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

But the officer in the speed van had reported the disabled father-of-two and former nurse to colleagues to report the ‘indecent exposure’. 

Just 20 minutes later, three police cars pulled up outside the home of Mr Meekcom – who also has Parkinson’s Disease and heart and kidney problems – and demanded to be let in. 

When he refused, officers allegedly raided his home and kicked down the garden gate before wrestling Mr Meekcom to the ground outside to put him in cuffs.  

In footage filmed by his wife, Mr Meekcom, who used to lecture medical students at Birmingham City University, can be heard telling the officers, ‘Have you never wanted to moonie a speed camera? Well I did.’ 

55-year-old Darrell Meekcom (pictured holding a shepherd’s crook and a book) bared his bottom at a speed camera as part of his bucket list after receiving a terminal diagnosis. He was later arrested for ‘indecent exposure’.

Six officers wrestled the retired university lecturer to the ground as they arrested him in his back garden for 'indecent exposure'

Six officers wrestled the retired university lecturer to the ground as they arrested him in his back garden for ‘indecent exposure’

The driver (pictured) of the mobile police speeding van who reported Mr Meekcom for making an 'indecent exposure' after he bared his behind

The driver (pictured) of the mobile police speeding van who reported Mr Meekcom for making an ‘indecent exposure’ after he bared his behind

Police officers were photographed outside Mr Meekcom's address after they came to arrest him for indecent exposure after he mooned at a passing mobile speed van

Police officers were photographed outside Mr Meekcom’s address after they came to arrest him for indecent exposure after he mooned at a passing mobile speed van

Mobile phone footage filmed by wife Sarah, 36, a nurse, shows Mr Meekcom calmly telling officers: ‘I’m terminally ill, I won’t be able to breathe like this. 

‘This is ridiculous – I moonied a speed camera. I moonied a speed camera.’

One female officer can be heard replying: ‘Well that is a significant statement that you have just made to us.’

Mr Meekcom is then heard responding: ‘I’m quite happy to say that because it was one off my bucket list.

‘I’ve just been diagnosed with multiple system atrophy. I’m terminally ill, I’ve got a very short time to live and it was one off my bucket list.

‘Have you never wanted to moonie a speed camera? Well I did.’ 

Wheelchair-user Mr Meekcom, of Kidderminster, later said: ‘I was simply gobsmacked that I got arrested for mooning a speed camera.

‘It is something I had always wanted to do because I’d been caught by them a couple of times for silly speeds like 35mph in a 30 zone and it always bugged me.

Police officers outside Mr Meekcom's address after he was reported for making an 'indecent exposure' at a police camera

Police officers outside Mr Meekcom’s address after he was reported for making an ‘indecent exposure’ at a police camera

Officers raided Mr Meekcom's home and allegedly kicked down the garden gate before wrestling him to the ground to put him in cuffs

Officers raided Mr Meekcom’s home and allegedly kicked down the garden gate before wrestling him to the ground to put him in cuffs

Three police cars pulled up outside Mr Meekcom's home in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, and he was later wrestled to the ground by six officers during the arrest in his back garden

Three police cars pulled up outside Mr Meekcom’s home in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, and he was later wrestled to the ground by six officers during the arrest in his back garden

‘When I was given the diagnosis last month, my wife suggested drawing up a bucket list and that was one of the items on there that I’ve now crossed off at some price.’ 

He dropped his trousers at a mobile speed camera van on Stourbridge Road while his wife went to buy some bread from a nearby Tesco Express. 

‘I got out the car and flashed my bum. I pulled my trousers up and got back in the car. I didn’t think anything of it, it was a good laugh.’

‘I came home and within 20 minutes there was a police van outside,’ he said. ‘They were banging on the window.

‘Within another five minutes three squad cars turned up. I said to my wife there’s no way I’m going out there. I hadn’t done anything wrong.

‘I was too scared to go out. It was quite frightening really.”

Mr Meekcom says he eventually went outside as officers stormed his garden and was brought to the ground where he claims he suffered a blow to the head.

He was arrested and taken into custody and has since been released under investigation on suspicion of indecent exposure and dangerous driving.

Besides MSA, Mr Meekcom suffers from heart disease, kidney failure and Parkinson¿s Disease. He said: 'I¿m a threat to nobody. I use a wheelchair and need a zimmer frame to get out of bed.'

Besides MSA, Mr Meekcom suffers from heart disease, kidney failure and Parkinson’s Disease. He said: ‘I’m a threat to nobody. I use a wheelchair and need a zimmer frame to get out of bed.’

Mr Meekcom shows the damage to his back door after police allegedly forced their way into his garden to arrest him

Mr Meekcom shows the damage to his back door after police allegedly forced their way into his garden to arrest him

Mr Meekcom said: ‘Despite coming out to the police to give myself up they destroyed my front door and smashed the back gate to pieces.

‘They grabbed my hands and I’m saying I’m not resisting, I’m giving myself up. There were six of them restraining me trying to get their arms up my back.

‘All this for mooning a speed camera. My release from custody notice also says dangerous driving which is also ridiculous.

‘I drove off when the speed camera van started taking my details but I assure you there was nothing dangerous about it. Its honestly all just baffling.

‘The custody sergeant said an officer would be around to officially charge me but I’m just waiting now to see what happens.’

Mr Meekcom, who has two girls aged 10 and eight, was diagnosed with multiple system atrophy (MSA) last month, a terminal condition which affects the nervous system. 

The retired university lecturer has reported the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct

The retired university lecturer has reported the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct

Multiple system atrophy: The facts 

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rare condition of the nervous system that causes gradual damage to nerve cells in the brain.

This affects balance, movement and basic functions of the nervous system such as breathing, digestion and bladder control.  

Symptoms of MSA usually start when someone is between 50 and 60 years of age, but can begin at any time after 30. The symptoms are wide-ranging and are similar to Parkinson’s disease.  

Men may have erectile dysfunction – although health experts are keen to point out this is a common condition.

Low blood pressure when standing up is common , as well as problems with co-ordination, balance and speech.

There’s currently no cure for MSA and no way of slowing its progression.

People with the condition typically live for six to nine years after their symptoms start and may get worse quickly during this time. Some people may live for more than 10 years after being diagnosed.

The Multiple System Atrophy Trust provides help and support to people with MSA. 

Source: NHS

He says the life expectancy following a diagnosis of MSA is around six years, although this varies from person to person. 

After he was released from custody later in the day, his vision was blurred and he also suffered two seizures.

He went to Kidderminster Hospital and was later referred to Worcestershire Royal Hospital due to fears he suffered a bleed to the brain.

Mr Meekcom added: ‘I feel like I have been abused. It was outrageous bullying.

‘They saw me as a big fellow. They maybe perceived me as a threat but because of my illnesses at five-year-old child could knock me over.

‘I have MSA, heart disease, kidney failure and Parkinson’s Disease – I’m a threat to nobody. I use a wheelchair and need a zimmer frame to get out of bed. 

‘They could have killed me very easily and even when I calmly explained the situation they carried on restraining me and cuffing me from behind.

‘They did not even provide care for me when I was in custody despite my various conditions and suffering a blow to the head.

‘I did not resist arrest once and I felt the response was completely disproportionate in the circumstances.

‘They were all young officers, there was no senior officers involved and if I think there was the situation would have been managed must better.

‘At one point I took a photo of one officer goading me through the window, it was like they were laughing at me and knew what they were going to do.

‘I feel it was an abuse of police power and privilege.’

Mr Meekcom, who also has a bungee jump and parachuting on his bucket list, says he has reported the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

West Mercia Police have been contacted for comment.

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