18/08/2014 12:16 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Teenage Boxer Visited By Police For... Skipping!


A teenage boxing champion has been visited by police officers investigating his skipping!

James Wignall, 16, said he was 'staggered' when officers informed him they were paying him a visit because his traditional training method was frightening horses in a neighbour's field.

"I thought it was a joke at first," said James, who has won 14 of his 17 fights, including a North West title. "Two officers came out - just for that."

James is back in full training after taking time out of the ring for his GCSEs. He regularly spends up to 45 minutes skipping in the lane outside his house in Croston, near Chorley.

He fought his corner and said he'd been skipping in the street for years without complaint after police turned up on his doorstep last Saturday (August 9).

"You need a hard surface - grass is no good," James explained to the Lancashire Evening Post.

"The horses were in a field opposite, behind a huge hedge. I wasn't aware I was spooking them. There are tractors thundering down this lane and they don't seem scared of those."

James's mum Carol added: "I just find it bizarre. He's a good boy and he is dedicated to his sport. It's not as if he's hanging around street corners at night."

James will be back in the ring this September and his ambition is to box professionally for Great Britain.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "Two officers made a reassurance visit to the address.

"They spoke to both parties involved and no further police action was deemed necessary."