Mum baffled after uniformed cops swoop on cul-de-sac – to stop kids playing on scooter
A mum was left stunned after cops swooped on a quiet cul-de-sac – to stop her kids playing on their SCOOTER.
Andree Corden was baffled when uniformed officers turned up at her home on Sunday – insisting her kids, Zara, six, and Tom, four, play further down the street.
The pair had been playing on a go kart and scooter outside the family home in Belper, Derbys, when grumpy neighbours called in police.
Andree, 45, said: “What sort of world are we living in when children cannot play in the street on a sunny day without the police being called?
“My son came inside and said he was scared to go back outside and play because he felt like he had done something wrong.
“The police arrived and one of the officers asked me if the children could play a little further down the street.
“I said `no’ because I wanted to keep an eye on them from the house. They were not being noisy or misbehaving, they were just being kids.”
“Does this mean the police are going to turn up every time my kids and the kids in the street are outside playing?
“These days parents are criticised for not letting their children play outside, sticking them in front of the TV or X-Box and feeding them crisps.
“We encourage our children to play outside and then this happens.”
Zara and Tom were playing in the cul-de-sac with several other children when the police arrived and told them of the complaint.
Andree said a quick look down the cul-de-sac would have told the officers that nothing was going on.
She said: “To me they should have driven into the cul-de-sac, realised nothing was happening and driven off again.
“Surely they have crimes to investigate rather than doing this?”
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, also witnessed the incident and said: “To call the police over something like this is ridiculous. It’s only kids playing for goodness sake.”
A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said a police van was in the area when the call came in.
“Safer Neighbourhood officers were patrolling in the area and visited Haslam Place,” they said.
“There were children playing outside who were not causing any sort of anti-social behaviour.
“We spoke to them and to parents in the area as Safer Neighbourhoods is all about getting to know the local community we serve and listening to any concerns they have.”