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Three police officers and a patrol car rush to… children playing football in the street

Daily Mail [1]
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Police were accused today of being ‘heavy handed’ after three officers were dispatched to issue a ticking off to two boys – for playing football in the street.

Henry Worthington, 12, and his brother Alex, 11, were told their kick-abouts in a cul-de-sac outside their home after school were illegal and could result in them getting anti-social behaviour orders.

Their father Anthony, 43, of Timperley, Greater Manchester, was also sent a letter from officials at Trafford Council warning him his two sons could be in breach of the 1980 Highways Act which outlaws ball games.

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The incident comes after Greater Manchester Police revealed it was preparing to cut more than 3,000 jobs due to the government’s anticipated 25 per cent cut in spending.

Today, Mr Worthington, an engineer, said: ‘Sending three officers over simply to give a warning about kids playing football in the street is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

Full story here. [1]