A grandmother has spoken of the distress of being questioned by police after a neighbouring school allegedly accused her of being a peeping Tom.
What was she doing, hanging around in a dirty mac outside the school gates?
No, she was in her own house and garden. Which happens to overlook the school, so avoiding ‘peeping’ would be a hell of a problem.
Not that that occurred to the agents of the state who called on her to impress just how awful it was that she might happen to glace at someone’s precious kiddiewink:
Tracy Tamplin, who suffers from mobility problems, claims the officers said she was seen looking out her bedroom window at children in the school playground beside her back garden. She also claims they told her she should get frosted glass in her windows to block out the view of the school playground from her home.
Ms Tamplin said: “I feel victimised in my own home. I do look out my window – but I’m not a paedophile. I’m wandering around now, I have got all my curtains closed and I’m terrified.”
Police officers called at Ms Tamplin’s home about 10.30am on Thursday after the school reported “suspicious activity” at the property.
Ms Tamplin said officers questioned her about reports that she was peering out her bedroom window and over her garden fence at the youngsters.
“They said I was looking over my fence,” she said. “I can’t even sit up there in my condition.”
So what if she weas? Is it now illegal to catch a glimpse of a school child?
The grandmother of three added: “The doctor wants to keep me away from as much stress as possible, and my only bit of enjoyment is the garden.
“I just think it’s absolutely disgusting the way the police treated me. I’m absolutely shocked.”
Hopefully, the publicity has shamed the police farce into…
A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: “On Thursday, May 19, officers received a call regarding suspicious activity at a property in Pentwyn, Cardiff. The occupants were visited and spoken to about the concerns that had been raised. No offences have been committed.”
A spokesman for Cardiff council said: “There was some concern regarding activity at a neighbouring property to the school. No formal complaint was made and following a visit from the police to the property, it was ascertained that no offences had been committed and the matter was resolved.”
Clearly, Ms Tamplin doesn’t feel it’s been ‘resolved’. And nor do I.
This is, of course, yet another case of the ‘Paedo Panic’ that seems to infest every state organ lately, and of course it wouldn’t occur to the police that suggesting an elderly lady replaces her windows with frosted glass so as to avoid the awful act of inadvertantly catching a glimpse of someone else’s child was an unreasonable request to make, now would it?