A man and his two daughters, aged 10 and 5, were given a warning from a police officer after they were caught picking daffodils from a ‘council maintained verge’.
The girls wanted to take a handful of flowers home for their mum and gran on Mother’s Day, but had the picked flowers confiscated by the police officer who said it was ‘a criminal offence’.
While the father argued that the incident was ‘a waste of police time’, Nottinghamshire Police said, “The officer provided the family with some advice about picking flowers, and the matter was not taken any further.”
“A bunch of 27 flowers were taken to a nearby care home so they did not go to waste.”
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Speaking after the incident, the dad-of-two said he would rather have paid a fine than have his daughters upset by the police officer taking the picked blooms from them.
‘She gave me a telling off, which I understand, but the flowers had already been picked so I don’t see why she had to take them from the girls.
“I would have rather paid a fine so the girls could keep the flowers for their gran and mum.”
“The girls have been criminalised for doing something that everyone does.”
“I have always taught my girls to respect the laws and for the sake of picking flowers I now have to explain to my kids what they did wrong.”
“I just feel it was a bit of a waste of police time when you look at all the other crime there is going on in the area.’”