Old 26th Nov 2008, 12:54
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Punk wearing RAF jacket interviewed by police

According to the Daily Mail, a contestant on University Challenge has been interviewed and warned by police for wearing a RAF No 1 jacket with medal ribbons. Apparently he could have been breaking the law by "impersonating an officer" and "wearing medal ribbons he was not entitled to". However, the mohican seems to reassure me that the wasn't impersonating an officer (which is not an offence and, in any case, even serving personnel can wear uniform as fancy dress as long as it is obsolete/non-standard under QRs) and I doubt the spectacularly-hirsute young lad even knows what medal ribbons are.

So, why aren't the police always so particular in chasing up complaints - particularly involving obscene phone calls made on air which were far clearer breaches of the law?

Excuse me while I yawn and stretch a little....

What next? Round up those wearing German Army shirts or US Army jackets?

Punk student on University Challenge is a dead ringer for Vyvyan from The Young Ones | Mail Online

He doesn't look like your average University Challenge contestant.
Indeed viewers could have been forgiven for thinking they were watching a rerun of The Young Ones, which once featured punk character Vyvyan in a spoof version of the student quiz.

But while violence-loving Vyvyan was from Scumbag College in the Eighties comedy, back on the real University Challenge James Archer was representing the altogether more august King's College, Cambridge.

And in a move which Vyvyan would have been proud of, he has been warned against wearing his medal-adorned jacket in future by police after viewers complained that he was breaking the law by imitating an RAF officer.
Yesterday the second-year social and political sciences student claimed he decided to dress like this to dispel the 'stuffy' image of Cambridge.

The teenager was contacted by the police who warned him against wearing the clothing in the future.

Peter Wells, spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police, confirmed that a complaint was received from a retired member of the RAF.

He said: 'We can confirm that we received a complaint from a retired member of the RAF about medal ribbons being worn by one of the team members on University Challenge.

'We informally advised the student concerned that it could be an offence to wear medals to which he was not entitled and he took our advice on board.'
James, who is in his second year studying social and political sciences, appeared on the show three times in total, each time wearing the jacket.
He said he was surprised when he was phoned by the police after the second episode.

He said: 'I got the jacket from an army surplus shop and apparently it's illegal.
'After a previous programme, someone complained to the police and they phoned me and said it was illegal because I was imitating an officer.
'They said they wouldn't do anything, though, and the other episodes had already been recorded with me wearing it.'
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