Herts Ad 10 Years Gone By: ‘High-handed’ officers confiscate tree house tools from boys
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A group of young boys building a tree house in a St Albans wood were ordered to stop by Police Community Support Officers, who confiscated their tools.
In the October 5, 2006, edition of the Herts Advertiser, Brian Lake of Toulmin Drive apparently castigated officers for their high-handedness.
Half a dozen 12-year-olds were keeping themselves amused by building a treehouse in a wooded area at Batchwood, when they were approached by the officers.
Brian told the Herts Ad that the boys were ordered to give up a hammer and an axe, and told that their parents could collect them [tools] from the police station.
He said: “It does seem a shame that they should be penalised for engaging in a bit of fun. Surely it’s better than sitting watching TV like so many overweight couch-potato kids?”
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A police spokesman told this paper the boys’ tools were confiscated “to avoid any injuries being sustained”.
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