A POLICE officer who warned a ten-year-old girl that chalking a hopscotch grid on a pavement could constitute "criminal damage" has apologised.
Lily-May Allen was playing hopscotch outside her home in Manston Road on Bank Holiday Monday, when officers pulled up beside her and warned her that her chalk hopscotch markings were illegal.
The reprimand sparked outrage from Lily-May's father who lodged a complaint with Kent Police.
The authority has been able to identify the officer in question and Lily-May Allen and dad Bob have been to Margate police police station and received a full, personal apology.
Police crime commissioner Ann Barnes said the officer had been over-zealous and should have joined Lily-May's game of hopscotch.
Mr Allen put on his Facebook page: "Just been to Margate Police Station. Officer involved has apologised to her and she has had a really nice morning with the police. They made her very welcome. Apology has been accepted and has given back faith in our police force."
A Kent Police spokesman said of the hopscotch reprimand: "The officer concerned has been advised and accepted that it was wrong to advise the young girl that chalking a hopscotch grid was criminal damage."