Brickbat: Don't Go in the Woods

In England, a member of Parliament has asked the Northumbria police why an officer stopped a group of children from playing in a local wooded area. The children were building a den out of branches, but an officer ordered them to tear it down and move on. It was reportedly the second time in a couple of weeks that police had forced children to stop playing in the woods. A police spokesman said the department had received a complaint about the children. The officer determined that they had committed no offense, said the spokesman, but warned them that someone had complained about them and "advice was given" to them.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Never too early to learn that "advice" from authorities requires absolute compliance.

  • ||

    It was for their own good. Why do you hate children Fisty?

  • Ted S.||

    Don't all libertarians hate children?

  • SusanM||

    Only the ones too young to polish monocles.

  • ||

    Do you sleep?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Only while commenting.

  • ||

    She is reported to have said: ''I just couldn't believe they would send a police officer for that. It is incredible.

    ''When I heard the kids were going to the park to build a den I was delighted.

    "They had no drink, drugs or loud music - they had pop and crisps from Asda which they'd had the foresight to buy on tgheir way as they knew it'd be a long day.

    This is terrible, I can't believe they were allowed to buy that kind of junk food. Why isn't there a law against that?

  • db||

    They call it "pop" in England? I would have expected something like "fizzies" or maybe "sip-sip."

  • TheSpiteHouse||

    Or "soda", even? "Pop" comes as a welcome shock.

  • ||

    Hah, in Nigel Tuffnel voice, "I spilled some sip-sip on my jumper and trainers."

  • Mickey Rat||

    Forests in England are historically notorious for anti-LEO activity. Nip it in the bud!

  • TheSpiteHouse||

    Ha, true.

  • RishJoMo||

    Dude that makes a lot of semnse man. WOw.

    www.myAnon.tk

  • ||

    Who will save the Brits from the Brits?

  • Almanian!||

    Hitler tried, but would anyone listen? Noooooooooooooooooo.....

  • ||

    If I'm the Irish I'm calculating the English are there for the taking.

  • Drake||

    If the cops see you playing the woods, you are doing it wrong.

  • Matrix||

    No offense had been found and yet they were still told to tear it down and move along?

    FTP

  • ||

  • Fluffy||

    Maybe whoever called it in wanted to report that children were doing strange things with a bundle of sticks, and the police emergency line operator was an American expatriate.

    "Officer, officer, there are a bunch of young kids in the woods playing with faggots!"

    "Oh dear heavens, help is on the way!"

  • sticks||

    I thought that fag(gay man) had been shown to not be related to faggot(bundle of sticks)?

  • Tim||

    Another feature of government: harass your neighbors even when what they're doing is perfectly legal.

  • Doctor Whom||

    Whatever is not permitted (and half of what is) is forbidden.

  • Doctor Whom||

    So in the UK, I can get people to stop doing anything just by complaining to the police? How do I contact the police to complain about dickheadedness by the police?

  • Banjos||

    8:42am and no morning links? So this is what it feels like to be an East Coast Reasonoid. Weird.

  • SugarFree||

    We muddle through.

  • JW||

    This is the point where we blockade the UK to prevent their jibbering lunacy from spreading any further, right?

    Sorry England, you had a good run, but it's time to take yourself out, for the good of the planet.

  • creech||

    Building dens in the woods? One has to ask oneself, "What would Robin Hood do?"

  • GamerFromJump||

    Put an arrow through his head and take his gold.

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