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U.K. police track down berry poacher

UPI News Service, 12/23/2006 

British police used high-tech gadgetry to track down a bloke who was picking wild berries on private land.

After two months of searching, police tracked down 67-year-old Ian Blayney, a pensioner who while out on a stroll in Gloucestershire with his wife had nonchalantly picked a few rowan berries, Sky News reported Saturday.

An irate neighbor busted him on the scene and reported the man to police. He was issued a ticket for theft.

Police had tracked him down using CCTV technology, identifying him through his vehicle. CCTV is a closed-circuit television system used for surveillance in Britain.

Police said they were obligated to follow up on the neighbor's complaint. However, Blayney called the incident a complete waste of police resources.

"It's a bit of a storm in a jam jar, really," he told Sky News.

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