Kent Police have identified the officer who told a ten-year-old girl, drawing a hopscotch grid on the floor counted as criminal damage. They say the officer was 'overzealous' and has had that explained to him. The officer concerned will now apologise to the girl and her father in person.
Kent Police say the officer involved in the hopscotch incident was 'overzealous', he's had that explained to him. They are now arranging Kent Police to go to the house and apologise.
Kent police have identified the officer who told 10-year-old Lilly Allen, that drawing a hopscotch was a criminal offence. The police say it was 'unnecessary' and say they will apologise to the father.
A protest is taking place in Ramsgate tomorrow after a young girl was warned by Kent police for drawing a hopscotch on the ground with chalk. It's taking place in the West Cliff area.
The MP for South Thanet has probed Kent police about their reaction to the young girl who was told off by police for drawing a hopscotch on the ground with chalk. Laura Sandys said, "Kids need to be encouraged to play".
It's a game children have been playing in streets and playgrounds up and down the country for years. So when Bob Allen's 10 year old daughter Lilly told him that she's been given a police warning for drawing a hopscotch grid on a pavement - he was shocked.
Mr Allen says two policemen in a car drove up to his child and said it was illegal to draw on the ground as it was criminal damage. He's now lodged a complaint with Kent Police about what he's calling their heavy-handed behaviour. From Ramsgate, John Ryall reports.
The father of a 10-year-old who was allegedly warned by police for drawing a hopscotch, has told ITV News Meridian, that he will be speaking to Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes about the incident.
10-year-old Lilly Allen claims she was stopped by police whilst playing on a hopscotch on the pavement. She says the incident has left her 'scared'.
Bob Allen expressed his anger on his Facebook page.
– Bob Allen, Father
I am absolutely seething that they done this as these two policemen drove past three cars parked on the pavement on the road where I live, so when she tries to cross the road when she goes to the sweetshop, she can't see the traffic coming and I suppose she's an easy target.