ECCENTRIC Jake the Rake flagged up a problem and felt the long arm of the law.
Jake, of Lindley Moor, was arrested for causing criminal damage last Friday when he painted a Union Jack on a paving stone in protest at Kirklees Council.
It is claimed the council has failed in its duty to maintain the pavement in a safe state for at least five months.
Jake says he reported the stone - in a walkway off Albion Street in the town centre - as a hazard five months ago because it was not level and could cause someone to trip.
Nothing was done so he decided to take matters into his own hands - until a passing council worker spotted him putting the finishing touches to his art and called the police.
He said: "I thought the best thing to do was paint a Union Jake, as I call it, on the stone to warn people not to step on it.
"It was to warn them and to let people know the council had done nothing about it.
"I contacted the Highways Department months ago and told them that if they did not do anything it would only be a matter of time before someone fell and tried to claim money from them.
"How long does it take to repair a paving stone?"
Police arrested Jake and took him around the corner to the police station.
"They interrogated me, but I was not thrown in a cell," said Jake. "I am confident that it will not go to court. In a way I was helping, someone needed to do something.
"And the stone looks beautiful now in my opinion."
A council spokeswoman said: "We took action in August to repair slabs in two areas of concern on the piazza but this is a perennial problem. It is an on-going process to keep these slabs in a safe condition. An emergency repair will be done."
* Badly underfilled paving slabs are known to flip over, causing unwary pedestrians to stumble and be injured just by stepping on them.
A Newsome resident waited three months to see a repair earlier this year after being injured and making Kirklees Council aware of a slab which flipped out of its hole.