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Cop Threatens To Take Four-Year-Old's Bike For Riding On Footpath

 

 

The parents of a four-year-old were shocked when a policeman threatened to confiscate their daughter’s bike as she was riding on the pavement.

 

On Monday morning Sophie Lindley, 4, was riding her bike with stabilisers on a lead held by her father Dale, as they made their way along Trent Road as they regularly do on the journey from their home on Wilks Road to The West Grantham Academy St John’s.

 

Mr Lindley said: “A police car pulled over and told me she had to get off her bike as it is against the law to ride on the footpath.

 

“He then drove off but said he’d be checking his mirrors, and if he saw her riding the bike again he would confiscate it.”

 

Full story.... http://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/local/cop-threatens-to-take-four-year-old-s-bike-in-grantham-1-6618917

 

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I'm not at all surprised, typical standard of policing nowadays.

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What a jumped up sh**e. Shame they didn't get his name or number. I would still raise a formal complaint with the police.

 

As the child was under 10, they could not be held criminally liable and if the cop confiscated the bike, that may be classed as theft.

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THEY ARE NO POLICE THEY ARE POLICY ENFORCERS !!

 

Feed the story to the press !!

 

My apologies, I forgot to post up the link as well - Story from Grantham Journal and on BBC Look North.

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While adults are not allowed to cycle on ‘footways’ children up to the age of 16 cannot be prosecuted for doing so.

 

The maximum fine for ‘cycling on the pavement’ is £500. However it is more usually enforced by way of the Fixed Penalty Notice procedure (FPN) which carries a £30 fine if pleading guilty and you have to be over 16 to receive a FPN.

The law applies to all but the police can show discretion to younger children cycling on the pavement for whom cycling on the road would not be a safe option.

 

The age of criminal responsibility is 10 so, technically, only children below this age can cycle on footways without fear of redress.

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And people actually believe this Garbage??

 

Jeremy Kyle anyone??

 

This is as bad as the Daily Mail reporting standards, slow day at the office was it??

 

 

Sounds like it was you who had the bad day in the office. I was merely pointing out that since she was under 10 she was not committing an offece as she was below the age of criminal responsibility! Also since she was under 16 she could not be given a FPN for cycling on the pavement as a FPN cannot be given to anyone under the age of 16. So technically although she was committing an offence of cycling on the pavent she was not in the wrong as she was below the age when anything could be done about it by the police and they should "have turned a blind eye" to the offence as they could not prosecute her anyway.

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If you wish to get technical the parent could have been given the FPN for allowing a child to act in an anti social capacity of riding on the pavement through their own actions. It is called causation

 

Not really relevant but the last Government done away with the doli incapax doctrine

 

This story is pure hogwash anyway, even Lincolnshire police have gone on record saying they are unable to locate any constables in that area and time of day

 

Some people will believe anything

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I have to say that the police farce (sic) are pretty hopeless nowadays, only interested in catching speeding motorists. When I was a child any accident I had on my bike was ALWAYS on the pavement, and never on the road. However it sounds like this officer had too much time on his hands!

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A FPN for allowing their child for riding on the pavement? Not possible. Wish it was, then parents s who let their kids run riot, terrorise neighbourhoods and destroy property, would be held accountable.

 

As for children undet 10, the presumption is rebuttable. Not quite the same as doing away with the doctrine.

 

Police have no record of the incident? Yep, the police always tell the truth don't they.

 

 

If you wish to get technical the parent could have been given the FPN for allowing a child to act in an anti social capacity of riding on the pavement through their own actions. It is called causation

 

Not really relevant but the last Government done away with the doli incapax doctrine

 

This story is pure hogwash anyway, even Lincolnshire police have gone on record saying they are unable to locate any constables in that area and time of day

 

Some people will believe anything

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Is there a point to this thread ?

 

Wish i could turn back the clock !

 

The world has become so petty minded. Apparently some parents prefer their kids playing computer games for hours, than going out on their bikes, playing football in the park or enjoying social actvities with their friends. They see kids being inside all day as being the safer option.

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