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The benefit of hand-sight

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The regional media is happy to take its lead from the right wing national gutter press when it comes to scare stories about benefits.

The Bolton News has exhaustively covered the story of Terry Langford, 62, non-cripple, who was recently prosecuted for falsely claiming disability benefits in relation to arthritis. The prosecution was thanks to secret footage of him happily refereeing junior football matches, despite supposedly having awful arthritis affecting his hands, hips, knees and feet (which sounds like an arthritic version of ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’).

But don’t worry, Britain, the authorities have given him a slap on the wrist now. Although that’s probably the last thing he needed, really, given his condition.

The Bolton News, 31 July 2010 (story):

Whistle blown on benefits cheat referee

A DISABLED man who claimed he was crippled with arthritis was exposed as a benefits cheat — when he was spotted refereeing football matches.

Terry Langford, aged 62, of Corranstone Close, Horwich, got the highest level of allowance and was also receiving care because he said he was unable to cook or dress himself.

But yesterday, a video was played to a court which showed him:

  • Kicking a football while officiating a game
  • Running up and down the pitch to keep up with players
  • Ducking under a fence when making his way on to the pitch
  • Bending over to collect his possessions at the end of a game.

Bending over to collect his possessions… what an utter, utter bastard.

Joanne Tang, prosecuting on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “Video footage was taken of him when he was refereeing and he was seen walking 100 yards from one end of the pitch to the other, and jogging and keeping up with play. He was able to stop, start, swivel and turn.”

Walking 100 yards, stopping, starting, swivelling and turning… what an utter, utter bastard.

Video footage also shows Langford stopping to issue a yellow card.

Stopping to issue a yellow card… what an utter, etc.

Marvellously, the link to the story features the damning video footage in extended form, clearly showing this bent ref AMBLING around his car in a painfully slow manner. He’s happy while YOU PAY TAXES for him to POTTER ABOUT.

Thankfully, The Bolton News eventually had the decency to allow Brave Terry to publish his side of the story, replete with a wonderful picture leaving the reader in no doubt about his arthritic hands.

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Quite a heartbreaking tale, actually. The man was dosing up on painkillers just to make it bearable to do something other than sit still. But oh no… The Bolton News wants its pound of flesh.

Thanks to serial benefit fraudster Matt Kilsby for the story.


Written by Paddy

August 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

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  1. Apparently Graham Poll, 63, Tring, now suffers similar problems with arthritis, derived from RSI after producing too many cards whilst refereeing the Croatia v Australia match at the 2006 World Cup. That’s the real reason why he quit as a professional referee to become an astoundingly mediocre celebrity referee pundit.


    August 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

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