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Hear, hear to hug a hoodie campaign

PUBLISHED: 11:47 28 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:33 05 July 2010

HERE, here, I say, to the Hug a Hoddie campaign but before the police start to ask the people of Lowestoft, to hug a hoodie, I think the police should also practice what they preach,

After a recent incident with my 17-year-old son, myself and a group of his friends stood talking outside our local shop when a police officer turned up and talks at the boys, not too them.

HERE, here, I say, to the Hug a Hoddie campaign but before the police start to ask the people of Lowestoft, to hug a hoodie, I think the police should also practice what they preach,

After a recent incident with my 17-year-old son, myself and a group of his friends stood talking outside our local shop when a police officer turned up and talks at the boys, not too them.

I feel that there was no proactiveness on the officer's side, just automatically assuming the kids were up to no good.

Being a cold night I also had my hood up on my jacket so I dropped it and informed the officer they where with me to which he replied "so you will take full responsibililty for them all?"

I replied “Yes”. After all, this was just a group of lads talking and doing no harm, not being loud, just chatting, and this was at about 9pm.

I felt very upset at what I witnessed that I came home and phoned the police and made a complaint but by this time another officer had turned up.

If the police want these kids to be proactive with them then they must do the same.

The police need to remember that they need our support within the local communities stamping out crime but victimising some children and labelling them as yob's, just because of the clothes worn, can only harm our relationship.

SUE PURVIS

Hall Road

Oulton Broad

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