Monday, July 31, 2006

Police halt 'anti-social' hopscotch game

TWO teenage girls have been targeted by police - for playing hopscotch in their Midland street, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Officers swooped on Kayleigh Mangan and Georgina Smallwood, both 14, claiming they were behaving in an "anti-social" manner by playing the childhood game.

The community support officers also ticked the girls off for chalking too many hopscotch grids on the pavement in Spring Street in Halesowen.

The action by the bobbies was today defended by West Midlands Police, who said the girls were committing "low-level crime".

Of course they were! Clearly this pair should have been unlawfully, riotously and tumultuously assembled together with a dozen like minded chums for the consumption of vodka until 2am, like any other 14 year old in Britain today. Hopscotch! I ask you whatever next!


Blogger Six Years Late said...

Oh my good God.

Mon Jul 31, 05:20:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger kats said...

Perhaps it offends muslims

Mon Jul 31, 08:23:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger kats said...


Mon Jul 31, 08:24:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Kayfer Kettle said...

As their parents, if the council proposed to keep this complaint of 'low-level crime' on file in any way, I would fight it to the last.

What a load of boolicks!

K xx

Mon Jul 31, 08:57:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

No doubt the Plod walked past several chavs trashing cars on their way to arrest these 2 "criminals"

Tue Aug 01, 09:01:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger The Great Gildersleeve said...

If exactly as reported I can think of a lot worse things these girls could be doing and at 14 to be playing Hopscotch makes a change.

I thought a lot of the games played from childhood as I remember were no longer known or played.

And at this rate perhaps it will not be long until they are lost forever.

I don't know the area so have to take the story as reported. And its daft.

If someone was kicking a football against someone's wall, or threatening residents or deliberately damaging property that to me is something to worried about.

Usually, chalk will soon fade or be washed away when you get a good down pour.

Wed Aug 02, 12:05:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Span Ows said...

Of course they ignored their friends who were getting drunk and having underage sex in the park whilst their other mates, nicely beating up old ladies, were left alone.

Jeez! This sort of thing drives me nuts!

Wed Aug 02, 12:56:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Span Ows said...

Gavin, off topic but approprite to you and your 'England club' chums this was a MB post today...

P.S. I may try to join the Witan they have expats...maybe I'll have to post more political stuff...

Wed Aug 02, 12:58:00 PM GMT+1  
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Blogger Span Ows said...

Richard, I think we've been there sevral months ago...

...not to say I mightn't use it soon

Wed Aug 02, 11:32:00 PM GMT+1  
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Span, I'm sure you'd very very welcome in the Witangamot. It's Gareth's baby and he's in Canada! I'll propose you to him.

Thu Aug 03, 12:35:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Lightning said...

Can I play hopscotch with them, please

Thu Aug 03, 09:03:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

Hopscotch is an example of subversive infiltration from the new soviet style right. It should be stamped upon on sight. The perpetrators should be sent to re-education camps but should their faulty genes be at risk at being passed down to future generations, then enforced sterilisation should take place. If boys are found particpating in the subversive activity then they should automatically be sent for castration.

Hopscotch should be banned immediately.

They'll be using bondage ropes for skipping next.

Thu Aug 03, 11:23:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Span Ows said...

"If boys are found particpating in the subversive activity then they should automatically be sent for castration."...Ok I can agree to that one... :-)

Gavin, thanks, I'm on board and all done and I just need to npost some appropriate...err...erm...yep.

Sun Aug 06, 01:16:00 AM GMT+1  
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Blogger Augustus said...

The police love the easy stuff and seem to have a tendency to avoid the tougher criminal activities in my experience (which Mags will testify is broad). I suggest we all get together in Traflagar Square in two Sundays time for a Hop Off. Bring a placard. Mine will say "Behead All Smelly Boys, yuck!" See you there!

Thu Aug 10, 11:06:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger This Royal Throne of Kings said...

Is there no end to the depths of stupidity to which our police will not now stoop?

Worse still, after a child's game has been labelled 'low-level crime' (God help us), we have to listen to senior officers attempting to justify this ludicrous stance.

Can I presume that the next time they are caught performing these anti-social 'low-level' crimes, the two criminals in question will be handed £80.00 fixed penalty tickets?

Don't bet against it.

Sun Aug 13, 10:51:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Isabella Snow said...

Hopscotch at 14 years old?

No "Spin the Bottle" in England??

Mon Aug 14, 04:20:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Lucy said...

On Holiday Gavin?
Hope you get this before saturday, cos we need you in the anti social 'off tropic league'....

Thu Aug 17, 08:48:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

You what Loose?

Thu Aug 17, 08:53:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

Welcome back Gavin and about time too! What's the excuse.....drug smuggling, bomb making, allotment digging, holiday,sword cleaning????

Thu Aug 17, 11:14:00 PM GMT+1  
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