Mum Grilled By Police - Because Baby Wasn't Wearing A Coat

14/08/2014 16:57 | Updated 20 May 2015

Mother stopped by police because baby not wearing a coat

A mum has spoken of her disbelief after she was stopped by police – because her baby daughter wasn't wearing a coat.

Paula Andrew was playing with nine-month-old Maddy on the seafront at Scarborough when she was stopped by two police officers who pulled up in a van.

They said they had been tipped off by a passerby who was concerned her daughter was being exposed to the cold, despite the fact she was wearing an all-in-one vest and a fleecy top.

Paula, 43, said she and her daughter had only been out on the promenade for about 10 minutes, adding that she was shocked the police responded so quickly to an anonymous 999 call on the matter.

Paula said that her daughter was wearing woollen tights, a vest, leggings and a fleece top at the time of the incident last Friday.

After officers asked for her details she told them it was a mother's right to play with her child, and walked away.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "All reports concerning the safety of children are taken very seriously by North Yorkshire Police and must be properly checked out.

"If Ms Andrew has any concerns about the way this incident was dealt with, we would encourage her to get in touch so we can discuss the matter with her."

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