Girls making den ‘made to feel like criminals’

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An MP has asked a police force for an explanation after an officer was sent to investigate a group of children making a den in a wood.

Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah said she is worried an apparent over-reaction by Northumbria Police made a group of girls enjoying the outdoors feel like criminals.

Ms Onwurah was responding to comments by a mother who described how a police officer told her daughter and her friends to tear down the den in Warkworth Woods, Newcastle, and move on.

Northumbria Police said they were responding to a complaint about teenagers hanging around in the woodlands. The force said that any reports of anti-social behaviour in the area were treated as a priority as residents had recently reported problems with trees being damaged.