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Sean Sherk's UK armed police ordeal

Sean Sherk's UK armed police ordeal
December 15th 2011

Sean Sherk got more than he bargained for on a recent trip to the UK.

He was in the UK to do a seminar tour, which at one point had him in the northern English area of Huddersfield.

As he was being ferried into the area, the car he was travelling in was stopped by a roadblock and armed police swooped on the vehicle. Police had the vehicle on their database as being linked to a local man who they believe to be a key gangland figure.

Sherk thought the car was being subjected to a routine stop until it turned out to involve several carloads of police officers carrying automatic weapons, including Hechler and Koch MP5 machine guns - the UK police do not normally carry guns.

Having remained sat in his passenger seat because he had not understood an instruction to exit the vehicle, Sherk was dragged out by tense officers. They cuffed his hands behind his back and pulled him away where he was none too gently searched before being dumped on the floor.

When a search of the car had been conducted - the officers were looking for firearms - Sherk and his driver were allowed on their way.

Sherk took the incident in good spirits but it has changed his thoughts on the UK; he noted that - despite the widespread ‘village constable’ reputation that UK police have - the officers were much more aggressive and heavy-handed than what he has ever experienced in the US.

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