Friday, May 10, 2013

Police reportedly warned girl, 10, that chalk hopscotch grid on path was criminal damage

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, Kent.

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 on Monday.

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 and illegal."

There's a news video here.


Anonymous said...

Geez. You're supposed to put fluoride into the water, not lead.


WilliamRocket said...

Thats funny Anonymous.

I reckon the people should rise up and overthrow any powers that be that decide stupid over the top things, like most health and safety rules, I mean, lets let the Darwin Awards flourish !
If someone cannot work out that if you hold on to a plugged in toaster, and dip it into a sink full of water, you will have a place, forever, in the Darwin Award hall of Stupidity.

Or, similar to Anonymous' comment, a lead injection, orally or crainiumly (sp?). Ha.

WilliamRocket said...

Ha....didn't proof read the above...
Mini Darwin Award for me.