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Thursday, 14 May 2015

  • Danielle Blackburn was arrested by police for drawing on the pavement outside her home in Kent
  • Father, Mick Blackburn, fully supports police over the arrest 


A schoolgirl was arrested by police for drawing a hopscotch grid on the pavement, according to her father.

Officers arrested the 10-year-old as she had committed criminal damage by drawing the grid with highly corrosive category D chalk on the pavement outside her house in Ramsgate, Kent.

Danielle Blackburn had marked out a grid in chalk - which is now going to cost the Kent taxpayer thousands to have removed - when she was apparently approached by two officers.

"Two policemen in a car drove up to her and said it was illegal to draw on the floor as it was criminal damage," her father Mick Blackburn told The Thanet Gazette.

"They then proceded to quickly read her her rights, applied handcuffs and she was taken to Ramsgate police station."

"I fully support the arrest and even though she is my daughter, I hope she gets a good few years in a young offender's institute. She needs to learn to have pride for Ramsgate, rather than defacing the town's streets in this way."

"I was not even aware she had drawn the grid as I was not keeping an eye on her. I was too busy watching a Sunday afternoon rerun of Britain's Got Talent. Regardless, I expect her to know not to do crap like this."

"Ramsgate already is full of yobs and criminals and unless she changes her behaviour, she is in serious danger of becoming one of them when she is older."

The father has since contacted Kent Police about the arrest, praising the officers and he even apologized to them for them heaving to deal with his daughter.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that two police officers arrested a 10 year old girl in Ramsgate on suspicion of criminal damage."

"We would like to re-iterate to all young girls and boys that drawing hopscotch grids is illegal and will not be tolerated in Ramsgate or anywhere else in Kent."

"Any child who carries out criminal damage in this way can expect to feel the full force of the law."

10 year old Danielle has been charged with criminal damage and was remanded in custody. She will appear before Canterbury Crown Court to answer charges on 24th May.

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