'Heavy-handed' police scrambled helicopter to hunt schoolboy whose football broke greenhouse window... and now he faces life-long 'criminal record'
A schoolboy faces a lifelong 'criminal record' after a police helicopter and riot van were scrambled to hunt him down - when he accidentally kicked a football at a greenhouse. Tom Clarke, 15, was horrified when he miss-kicked the ball and it looped over a garden fence and smashed a greenhouse window pane.
Just 30 minutes later a police helicopter was spotted hovering above the house using thermal imaging cameras to search for him. Two patrol cars and a riot van were also dispatched to search nearby gardens in Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, on foot. A pair of uniformed officers eventually tracked Tom down and he apologised to the greenhouse owner.
But days later Thames Valley Police sent a letter to Tom's dad Darrin telling him his youngster had 'accepted responsibility for criminal damage'.
My comment: The Police of all people should know the difference between an accident and criminal damage. All it took was one proper bobby to visit the scene to establish the facts. Another Police force bringing the Police into disrepute.
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