Parents arrested for overweight child

The Sun newspaper is reporting that Norfolk Police have arrested a couple because of health concerns over their 11-year-old son who weighs 15 stone. The pair have been released on police bail.

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Angry reaction to arrest of parents because son was overweight

There's been an angry reaction to news that a couple from Norfolk have been arrested for letting their child get too fat.

The pair, from King's Lynn, were questioned on suspicion of neglect and child cruelty after their 11-year-old son hit 15 stone.

Other parents say officers have been too heavy handed but Norfolk Constabulary say cases like this are rare and they only get involved when other attempts to protect a child have been unsuccessful.

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Norfolk couple arrested for overweight child

The Sun newspaper reports a couple have been arrested on suspicion of child cruelty Credit: The Sun

A Norfolk couple have been arrested on suspicion of child cruelty after their 11-year-old son weighed in at 15 stone. According to a report in the Sun newspaper (£), the couple were interviewed by police after doctors raised concerned over the boy's welfare.

In a statement Norfolk Police said: "A 49-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman , both from the King's Lynn area, were arrested back in March on suspicion of child neglect and cruelty under section one of the Children's Act 1933. They have been released on police bail pending further inquiries."