The daffodil police: British cops swoop on three little girls picking flowers in park
But don't expect them to take any interest if your car is stolen
There are many good reasons for police might carry out a surveillance operation of a local park, for example to scupper a drug deal or tail a suspected mugger. But when two officers swooped at the weekend, having spied on three 'suspects' for 20 minutes from the safety of their patrol car, the need for their presence was not quite so clear.
For those being targeted were three little girls whose 'crime' was picking a few daffodils in the spring sunshine.
Sisters Sienna, four, and India, ten, and their stepsister Olivia, six, had been on a Sunday walk in the park with their parents when they stopped to pick the flowers. But they were spotted by a passing councillor, a member of whose family called the police.
The officers moved the family on after warning Olivia's mother Jane Errington, 35, that she and partner Marc Marengo, 49, father of Sienna and India, that they could be arrested for theft and criminal damage.
Miss Errington claimed the girls were reduced to tears and Sienna is now frightened about returning to the park in case her family are 'taken away by the police'.