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Does this sound plausible?

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Does this sound plausible?

A couple warned by police after their children picked daffodils from a Dorset park have said they did not know their daughters were committing a crime.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-12757118
If you want daffodils surely you buy them at a florists or grow them in your own garden?  Cool
What sort of parent thinks that flowers in parks (paid for out of everyones council tax) are put there for children to pick?  Crazy
So, is the story accurate, or what?
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Re: Does this sound plausible?

Accurate or not I can easily see some parents saying "what's the harm in it?"
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Yes it's true
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/8909291.Girls_picking_daffodils_in_park_were__stealing___says_...
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THREE young girls were reduced to tears when police accosted them for picking daffodils in a Poole park.
Officers told the parents of the girls - Sienna, four, six-year-old Olivia and India, 10 - to move on or they could be arrested for theft.
Jane Errington, mother of Olivia and step-mum to the other two girls, and her partner Marc Marengo were left fuming at the "heavy-handed" response.
But Councillor Peter Adams, who said a family member of his had reported the incident, said taking the flowers amounted to stealing and the behaviour was "unacceptable".
Mrs Errington and her family, from Lilliput, were enjoying the spring sunshine at Whitecliff on Sunday morning.
She said the girls had brought over some flowers and the family was then approached by the officers.
"The girls had just been picking flowers in the sunshine and were left crying their eyes out," said the mum.
"They say they don't want to go back to the park now because they are scared of the police.
"It seems stupid for the police to be called to deal with this - surely taxpayers' money can be better spent than watching some girls picking flowers?"
Whitecliff is a council-owned park and therefore removing property from it is technically classed as an offence.
Cllr Adams said the girls had taken "large bunches of 70-80 flowers", and that his response had been fair and proportionate.
"We are very proud of our parks and can't have people ripping up public property," said Cllr Adams.
"The parents were encouraging them to do it and it is unacceptable.
"I am a reasonable person and would not have called the police if they were just picking two or three flowers, but this was totally disgraceful."
Mrs Errington refuted the suggestion they encouraged the flower picking and said they would have stopped the girls taking them if someone had brought it to their attention.
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Re: Does this sound plausible?

100% correct, it is illegal to pick wild flowers, let alone digging them up
http://www.thewildflowersociety.com/wfs_new_pages/1f_code_of_conduct.htm
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it is illegal to pick wild flowers

Didn't you mean "It is ALSO illegal to pick WILD flowers.  Wink
These were cultivated methinks.  Cool
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Re: Does this sound plausible?

in that case it is still illegal as they were not hers she was stealing them from a park
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Indeed, that was the original point, i.e. what sort of parent thinks it's OK to do it?  Wink
The children were almost certainly too young for any criminal liabilty, but if the parents were supervising or encouraging.....  Lips are sealed
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_infancy
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Re: Does this sound plausible?

the same ones who park in disabled space as they cant be bothered to walk a few extra yards