Mum left furious after police called over children using chalk on pavement

By Daniel Smith & Sian Traynor

A mum was left gutted after her children's chalk drawings had the police called.

Sarah Goodwin was shocked to hear that neighbours had put in complaints to local officers and the housing association after her daughters had used it to play hopscotch.

A classic childhood game, Sarah said that her three kids and a few friends had been playing the game on the pavement, with the erasable markings soon washing away.

However, it quickly came to light that a number of neighbours were not pleased by the game, and had "stunned" the family by complaining about the "vandalism".

Disappointed by the whole ordeal, Sarah wrote about her ordeal on Facebook to say she couldn't believe someone took offence to the harmless game, reports Hull Live.

Posting on the group, Family Lockdown Tips and Ideas, Sarah, of Newport Pagnell, Bucks, wrote: "How do you feel about children chalking on the pavement? Nothing offensive.

"My children are 6, 9, and 13, plus their friends. Hopscotch, tracks for scooters, drawing around themselves and it completely washed away a few days later.

"Had complaints made about it to housing and police. I thought kids playing outside was better than sat in, in front of screens."

They had been innocently playing (Hull Live)

After receiving hundreds of supportive comments, Sarah later revealed that her children and others in her neighbourhood had been back out with the chalk since the complaints and wouldn't be deterred.

She added: "After their first day back at school and playing at the park, they went out and chalked some more yesterday.

"They played more hopscotch, what time is it Mr Wolf? made a road for the bikes with traffic lights, roundabouts and parking, to which even passers-by joined in.

"The kids loved it and so did I. They played out for about three and a half hours with friends and neighbours, 12 children in total aging from four to 13.

"They laughed lots and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Loved the community spirit it brought.

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"I'm sorry but anyone who thinks this needs to be complained about has a serious problem. Or the person who loudly said have you seen the state of this, needs to get a life as when the rain comes in a few days it will be gone.

"I am making the most of possibly the last few nice days before winter kicks in."

Victoria Louise added: "Kids can’t do anything anymore. Can’t believe the police have been involved over a natural material.

Clare Warnes wrote: "As long as its not offensive I don't see the problem as the rain washes it away.

"Let the kids have fun we used to do it when we were younger."


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