Monday, October 09, 2006
Conker season is upon us once again, as such along with the tradition of small boys throwing sticks at trees to knock down the conkers we have come to expect the now annual tradition of Nanny interfering with our nuts.
In previous years she has tried a few of her old tricks, see Conkers 2004.
Now this year she has gone one step further, and actually got the police involved!
Kiya Jayne, Charlie Richardson and a couple of other boys aged between 7 and 11 from Littlehampton (can I say Littlehampton on a public site?) were following the time honoured British pursuit of conker collecting. This involves throwing sticks into the conker tree to knock the conkers down to the ground.
Can you guess what happened?
One of Nanny's chums in the police intervened, confiscated their conkers and gave them a formal documented stop and search notice!
To add insult to injury, when the boys went back to the same tree the next day to get some more conkers (since the police had confiscated their original haul) they were confronted by the same policewoman.
The parents were told that the tree had a preservation order, and was on private property.
Yet, when challenged, the council then admitted that this was in fact untrue.
Bending the facts to suit the action of their police is hardly the correct thing to do is it?
Nanny's Sussex Police said:
"We confiscated a large bag of conkers.
The forms are a necessary form of bureaucracy
to ensure parents are aware we have spoken to their children."
I am sure that the streets of Littlehampton are free of all crimes; there are no assaults, robberies or drug related incidents.
That is the only way that I can imagine that Nanny could possibly explain why her police force found the time, energy and inclination to confiscate a bag of conkers.
Small boys have been throwing sticks at conker trees for centuries in Britain, the trees have managed to survive and thrive without Nanny's "help".
It is hardly surprising that some children grow up with a major disrespect for the law.