Ventriloquist’s pup­pet ‘hid­den down trousers asked woman to have a feel’

Daily Mail - - Platell’s People - By Andy Dolan

A VENTRILOQUIST has told how he was ques­tioned for an hour by po­lice af­ter a woman claimed his pup­pet made lewd com­ments as she passed him in the street.

David Samp­son, 67, said it was al­leged that Grisweld the Su­per Dog asked the woman to ‘have a feel’ while the dummy was hid­den down his trousers.

But the for­mer tele­phone en­gi­neer in­sisted the in­ci­dent could not have taken place be­cause the dog ‘doesn’t talk’ and wouldn’t even fit in his trousers.

War­wick­shire Po­lice yes­ter­day con­firmed that a man had been spo­ken to over the in­ci­dent in Mr Samp­son’s home vil­lage of Brin­klow, near Rugby, but had not been ar­rested.

Mr Samp­son, a fa­ther of three, said he was stunned when he was con­tacted at the end of April and in­vited for an in­ter­view at Rugby po­lice sta­tion.

He claimed to have been pro­mot­ing a Valen­tine’s Day show at the time of the in­ci­dent which po­lice said was re­ported on April 3. Mr Samp­son said: ‘Grisweld and I were dis­tribut­ing leaflets and I was mak­ing jokes to passers-by to raise in­ter­est in our event.

‘ The woman claimed that Grisweld gave her a lot of sex­ual abuse and then hid in my trousers and said ‘‘why don’t you come and have a feel of this, mis­sus?’’. But he would never do that, and I cer­tainly wouldn’t ei­ther. Grisweld doesn’t talk, he never has done.

‘When­ever he’s ap­peared he’s al­ways un­der the vet, he’s lost his bark, he doesn’t speak. He’s like Sooty. And he can­not get in my trousers. It never hap­pened. The woman even de­scribed him as an emu in her state­ment, which shows how lit­tle she knows about it.’ He de­nied mak­ing any rude com­ments him­self and said: ‘I was ab­so­lutely stunned at the lan­guage she said was used.’

Mr Samp­son in­sists the al­le­ga­tions against him are mo­ti­vated by a per­sonal grudge.

He said that days af­ter the woman re­ported him two po­lice

‘Grisweld is in­no­cent, OK’

of­fi­cers came to see him and took a state­ment. Then he had an email ask­ing him to come to the po­lice sta­tion to make a recorded in­ter­view.

‘I said I didn’t want to do that, then a PC came round the fol­low­ing day and said if you don’t make a recorded in­ter­view vol­un­tar­ily you will have to be ar­rested and taken to the po­lice sta­tion,’ Mr Samp­son said. ‘At the sta­tion I just said I hadn’t done any­thing. I had al­ready pointed out to the PC that Grisweld could not phys­i­cally get into my trousers. Grisweld is def­i­nitely in­no­cent, OK.’

He added: ‘I think, in an age when you have rob­beries and break-ins that the po­lice are not both­er­ing to in­ves­ti­gate, it’s ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous to go to all the trou­ble of tak­ing any ac­tion what­so­ever.’

Mr Samp­son claimed the show he had been ad­ver­tis­ing with Grisweld raised £300 for Comic Re­lief, but added: ‘I would imag­ine the cost to the tax­payer of that in­ter­view the other week – em­ploy­ing two of­fi­cers to lis­ten to it for an hour and a so­lic­i­tor – would have prob­a­bly cost more than we raised for Red Nose Day. It’s a dis­grace.’

Po­lice quiz: David Samp­son with his pup­pet Grisweld the Su­per Dog

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