An almightily cheeky move by police to further transform America into the United Nanny States had Ozzy Osbourne in a fit of rage this week.
The Prince Of Darkness slammed North Dakota's Boys In Blue after they wrote to 500 people with outstanding arrest warrants inviting them to a party which they claimed would include an appearance by... Ozzy himself.
The party was a fake of course, and the 30 people stupid enough to show up were all promptly arrested. Police picked Osbourne because he was in the region on tour, making a personal appearance more likely.
County Sheriff Paul Laney said he "meant no disrespect toward Mr Osbourne or
his show", adding, "What we did was a very creative law enforcement
technique to lure individuals who had active criminal warrants to come to
Ozzy, quite naturally, wasn't impressed: "Instead of holding a press conference to pat himself on the back, Sheriff Laney should be apologising
to me for using my name in connection with these arrests. It is insulting to
me and to my audience and it shows how lazy this particular sheriff is when
it comes to doing his job".