Mum's anger with police after 10-year-old's blade threat
PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 November 2010
A MOTHER claims her son was threatened with a knife while out playing in daylight in Locking Castle, and police did 'nothing about it'.
Shona Humphris says her 10-year-old son Zack Fricker came home terrified, saying an older child had brandished the blade towards him near the Campus in Highlands Lane on Saturday morning.
She quickly rang and alerted police, naming the offending child, but was told to report the incident at Weston police station on Monday.
Speaking to the Mercury this week, the 30-year-old mother, of Allans Way, hit out at the ‘slack’ response by police.
She said: “I can’t believe my boy was threatened with a knife and the police could not come out and investigate.
“If it was an adult I’m sure the police would have been out, sirens on, at the scene to catch the offender, but why different for my son?
“It was like they didn’t care about it.”
Zack, who attends Herons’ Moor Primary School, was on the sideline as a substitute for Priory Rangers during a football game before the incident took place.
He asked to borrow a friend’s scooter before another child approached him and asked him to get off.
Zack said: “I said ‘no’, and then he pulled out the knife and said ‘I could kill you with this knife’.
“He waved it in front of me before riding off.
“It was frightening and I told mum as soon as I got home.”
But on Tuesday, a spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police played down the incident, saying the matter had been dealt with.
He said: “It wasn’t a knife which was brandished, it was a multi-tool usually used to repair bicycles.
“He produced it, but no threats were made with the tool.
“We were made aware when the boy returned home and told his mother, who rang police and action has since been taken.”
He said police had traced the boy down and spoken to his parents, adding it was likely a restorative justice process was to begin where the offending boy could be asked to apologise to the victim.
n Pictured: Shona Humphris with sons Ashley and Zack.