Thursday, April 19, 2007

No more hopscotch says police

PARENTS blasted police after officers swooped on kids as young as three — for chalking on pavements so they could play

Lisa Badland, 30, said son Ryan, five, was “terrified” when the kids got a telling-off because a neighbour complained.

Ryan and 10 pals aged three to 11 were playing outside their homes in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, after Lisa gave them special pavement chalks.

Two cops then lined them up for a lecture on graffiti and road safety.

Lisa said: “Ryan was petrified. He saw their handcuffs and thought they were going to take him away. It got totally blown out of proportion.”

Dad Neil, 35, said: “I thought the police would have better things to do.”

Cops said they had a duty to investigate the complaint, adding: “Anti-social behaviour is a priority. What one person sees as harmless fun, another sees as graffiti.”

Believe it or not this is not the first time this has happened. I blogged about it last year here. At first I thought this story was just a recycled story but it turns out it isn’t. The police really do waste time over this.


Ruthie said...

If the police really have so little crime to deal with that they're arresting children for drawing with chalk, perhaps they should move over here.

We could use a few more police officers.

SWIFT&BOLD said...

cxxwell i bet they (pc plods) went home thinking,thats another good days crime fighting done.
This country and those employed to uphold the law and protect us are a joke.

youdontknowme said...

They have been a joke since atleast 1997 when Labour was elected

Lord Nazh said...

They have plenty of crime to look afer, but the new-improved Britain makes social behavior crimes the top priority.

Matt Wardman said...

Might I suggest that the neighbour be cautioned for harrassment?