Monday, March 05, 2007

Police stop boy, 7, from sailing model boat

A police officer was sent to stop a seven-year-old boy sailing a boat on a picturesque tarn - in response to a complaint that he was scaring the ducks.

The officer ordered Christopher Snell, who was with his dad, Adrian, to remove the three-foot, radio-controlled cabin cruiser powered by a petrol engine from the water at Keighley Tarn.

But Mr Snell, 37, an engineer of Silsden, said he was staggered that precious police resources had been used to deal with such a minor incident.

He said: "The officer said the person had told him we were scaring the ducks. I got the impression the policeman himself knew the complaint was a waste of time.

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