A schoolgirl was allegedly warned by police that drawing a hopscotch grid on the pavement with chalk was against the law.
Officers reportedly reprimanded Lilly Allen, 10, earlier this week, saying
the traditional game’s outline she drew on the pavement was akin to criminal
damage. The schoolgirl was said to have been given the warning by two unnamed
officers as she played the centuries-old skipping outside her home in Ramsgate,
She was issued the warning after making the outlines in white chalk, which
washes away in rain. Her father, Robert Allen, 51, was left angered by the suggestions and has
since lodged a formal complaint to Kent Police over the incident, which occurred
A Kent Police spokesman said in a statement: "We are trying to trace the
officers, who are reported to have made this comment. From the circumstances described, it would not appear to have been necessary
to advise the young girl that chalking a hopscotch grid may be criminal damage
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