Someone called police about children who chalked hopscotch on pavement

Neighbours said the kids were ‘vandalising’ the pavement – but they were just having harmless fun (Picture: SWNS)

A mum was confused after finding out the police were called over her children ‘vandalising’ the pavement – but they were just playing hopscotch.

Sarah Goodwin said her three children and their friends were using chalk to doodle on the pavement, which later washed away.

But she later found unhappy neighbours had called the police and the local housing association complaining of ‘vandalism’.

The mum of three wrote on the Family Lockdown Tips and Ideas Facebook group: ‘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.’

She received hundreds of comments supporting her, so later replied to say her children had been back outside with their chalk and were going to ignore the complaints.

The resident of Newport Pagnell, in Buckinghamshire, added: ‘After their first day back at school and playing at the park, they went out and chalked some more yesterday.

Sarah couldn’t believe the complaints to the police and the housing association (Picture: SWNS)
The road in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire where her three children play (Picture: SWNS)
One of the chalk games the kids were playing (Picture: SWNS)

‘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 ageing from 4 [to] 13.

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

‘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.’

One person responded: ‘Shame on you for letting your kids enjoy themselves out in the fresh air with a bit of innocent chalking.

‘Seriously though, I actually can’t believe somebody complained about this. Don’t let some idiot spoil your fun.’

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