Thomas Catcheside, 67 (pictured above with his wife), is chairman of his residents' group in Cambridge.
Mr Catcheside has been trying, for three years, to resolve a problem of 'slippery stairs' in his block of flats.
For three years Mr Catcheside has been trying to get help with a problem of 'slippery stairs' from City Homes, a housing association which runs council housing for Cambridge council. The stairs in the block of flats where Mr Catcheside resides are unsafe he says.
When an official from City Homes visiting the site prevented Mr Catcheside from listening to a phone call to his supervisor on 30 October, he finally lost his temper and said: "Don't you tell me what I can and can't do in my own ***ing place."
The official complained of feeling 'threatened' and six days later Mr Catcheside was arrested at 5.35am on suspicion of 'causing harassment, alarm or distress in a public place'.
He was ordered to get dressed and then was taken to a police station where he was held for six hours before being given an £80 fixed-penalty notice and released.
What is this country coming to when our judges allow rapists to wander the streets and yet arrest a grandfather in the middle of the night for swearing, possibly from pure frustration, at a council official.
There will be plenty folk in Cambridge very willing to show this particular council official the real meaning of feeling threatened. As many have said we really are becoming a police state.
Update: Of course Mr Catcheside didn't have to accept the fixed penalty notice. He should have refused to co-operate and called a lawyer. Thanks to Quiet Man.