Bob-a-job schoolboy left in tears after being questioned by cops as he tried to do neighbour’s gardening
Cops have left a young boy shocked and shaken when they grilled him in the street as he was trying to earn extra pocket money by doing odd-jobs for neighbours.
Daniel Warrington said he was “stalked up the street” by officers in an unmarked police car in Heanor, Derbyshire, as he carried a spade to a neighbour’s garden where he was doing some work.
The 13-year-old said they challenged him, and when he told them he was doing an odd job for a neighbour they quizzed him further.
The police then knocked on the door of neighbour Lynne Sisson, and she told them the entrepreneurial teenager was a “nice, polite lad” but they still took down his details and left Daniel “shaking and crying”.
Daniel’s furious mum Marie Warrington, 49, has since made a complaint to Derbyshire Police.
She said: “He was just trying to earn some pocket money during his summer holidays, and he was treated like a criminal.
“He came running down the street in tears to tell me what had happened he was crying he was so upset.
“He said he felt like he had been questioned for no reason and that he felt he had somehow broken the law.
“He is a polite and happy boy I have made a complaint to the police about their conduct.”
Daniel had come up with the idea with his twin brother, Adam, as a way of making some extra pocket money.
Marie said: “They had printed some leaflets to put through people’s doors asking if they wanted any odd jobs doing.
“At a time when we are told kids spend their time sat in their bedrooms playing on their computer games, I thought this showed great initiative.
“Daniel had been given some gardening work to do by one neighbour, and another who lives opposite her asked Daniel if he would do some work on her garden as well.
“He came home and wheeled the lawnmower up there, then returned home for the spade which is when the whole incident happened.”
Marie said an unmarked police car with two police community support officers pulled up alongside Daniel and grilled him over the spade.
She said: “He told them he was doing some gardening work up the road, and when they asked him what number house he told them he couldn’t remember.
“They crept up the road alongside him before they all got to the house, when he put the spade down.
“It was like they were stalking him he said he was really scared.”
At the house, an officer knocked on the door and asked Lynne if it was true that Daniel was doing her gardening.
She told them it was, and that he was not causing any problems.
Marie said: “I have put a complaint in to the police and I am awaiting their explanation on why they singled Daniel out and decided to stalk him up the road.
“I am outraged at what I believe is immoral behaviour.
“I have still not received an apology from the police. I believe that, as a middle-aged white woman, if I was in the same situation, walking up the road, covered in mud and carrying a spade in the same way that my 13-year-old mixed race son was, I would not have been treated in the same way he was.
“The police, including specials and PCSOs, should be trained to comply with basic human rights and not discriminate against people because of their age, sex or race, which I believe is the only explanation why my son was treated this way.”
Lynne, who works as a carer, said: “Daniel is a lovely, polite lad and I told the police this when they came knocking at my door and asked if I knew the lad who was doing some gardening work for me.
“When he and his mum came back later it was clear that Daniel was very upset by what had happened.”
Neighbours have said they are shocked at the way Daniel was treated.
Sharon and Barry Hunt, who live next door to the Warrington’s and received one of the boys’ leaflets, said both Daniel and Adam are very polite boys.
Sharon, 43, said: “Both are lovely boys who play with our lad and are always courteous to us. This must have been a horrible thing to happen to him.
Barry, 46, added: “Sometimes I think the police pick on the wrong people.”
A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the incident in Breach Avenue and a sergeant has spoken to the boy’s mother and made her aware of the reasons why he was stopped.
“We are aware that the boy’s mother has made a complaint about the incident and this will be fully investigated.”