A mother was left horrified when police knocked on her door because her little kids were playing ‘n*ked’ in a paddling pool. She is now demanding an apology.
Beth McKenna, from Walkergate, said she ‘couldn’t believe it’ when two police officers came unannounced at her home.
It came following an anonymous tip-off amid concerns for the welfare of the children.
But when officers arrived, they found Elizabeth, two, and five-year-old Stephen in a paddling pool, happily splashing water.
The mother of two claimed, ‘I think the police were embarrassed to be there when they realised why.’
‘I was absolutely stunned, but more than anything else, I was furious.
‘There are people being murdered and stuff like that, this is what the police should be spending their time investigating – not this.’
She further said: ‘(The officers) said they had to come around and were just doing their jobs, and basically laughed about how ridiculous it was.
‘But I think I am a good mum and I was angry that somebody could make accusations about my kids.
‘Nobody has the right to say that and I’d like something to happen to whoever put the call in.
‘And my daughter wasn’t even naked – she had a nappy on.
‘I mean, calling Childline or whatever for someone running around in a nappy – it is pathetic.’
Defending the call-out, a spokesperson said: ‘Every year, the NSPCC Helpline makes tens of thousands of referrals to external agencies following reports of concerns for children’s welfare ranging from neglect and physical abuse to sexual abuse.
‘It is then down to those agencies to decide if they will take any action.’
However, Ms McKenna is frustrated over the fact that people seemingly have the power to anonymously ‘ruin’ people’s reputations.
‘I would like an apology,’ she added.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm we received an anonymous report through the NPSCC of concern for two children at an address in Walker.
‘Officers spoke to the family and had no concerns for the welfare of the children.
‘The matter has since been closed.’
Source – Daily Mail