Monday 24 July 2017

Police 'ruined prom tractor ride'

Police have apologised for ruining a school prom night after a tractor ferrying pupils was stopped for safety checks
Police have apologised for ruining a school prom night after a tractor ferrying pupils was stopped for safety checks
Police have apologised for ruining a school prom night after a tractor ferrying pupils was stopped for safety checks

Police have apologised for ruining the "party atmosphere" on a school prom night after a tractor ferrying pupils to the end of year event was stopped for safety checks.

Teenagers at St Clement's High School, in King's Lynn, were being towed in a trailer behind the farm vehicle when they were pulled over by officers on a roadside.

The move sparked outrage after the youngsters - travelling as part of a decorative procession - were ordered out, with some prevented from completing the carnival-style journey altogether.

In an apology to pupils and parents, Norfolk Constabulary later admitted: "We got it wrong."

Superintendent Dave Marshall, in charge of policing at King's Lynn, acknowledged officers working alongside the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency could have "exercised more discretion".

"There was no intention to spoil the party atmosphere but we appreciate that was the outcome," he said.

"The operation was well meant and was aimed at protecting pupils by tackling those operators who surface at this time of the year offering to carry pupils to their prom without having the correct licences and insurance in place.

"We accept we got it wrong on this occasion and vehicles could have been checked after those attending the prom had been dropped off."

John Bolderstone, of Hall Road, Clenchwarton, told Lynn News how his daughter Katie, 16, had been aboard the trailer when police disrupted the Year 11 procession.

"I think they were just making a point and needed to pull over a couple of vehicles to do that," he said.

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