Police stop mum because baby not wearing a coat

Passer by called 999 on mother with unwrapped tot


A mother was stopped and questioned by police over concerns about ‘child safety’ after a 999 caller told them her baby wasn’t wearing a coat.


Paula Andrew, 43, had wrapped 9-month-old Maddy up in woollen tights, a vest, leggings and a fleece top for a stroll along Scarborough seafront on Friday while husband Mike, 49, surfed off the beach.

The nutritionist was stopped by 2 officers who pulled up alongside her in their van.

According to the Metro, she was asked whether her daughter was cold and for her name and address – which she refused to give.

The mum said: “It can take more than an hour for police to turn up if I call in complaining about yobs at the back of my house – and sometimes they don’t attend at all.

“But an anonymous call can send them racing to the promenade.”

North Yorkshire Police have said they were justified in following up all concerns about child safety.

“I know what is normal and a child playing out on a cold day is not unhealthy in any way,” Paula added.

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