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Police turn up in riot van to check 12-year-old girl is self-isolating

A furious mum said her 12-year-old girl was ‘petrified’ when police turned up at their home in a riot van to check she was self-isolating.

Kathryn Crook, 45, said officers from Greater Manchester Police turned up at the house twice after her daughter Charlotte tested positive for Covid-19.

She is demanding an apology for what she says is ‘overkill’.

The mum claims that officers first turned up at her family home in Middleton on Sunday July 11 and asked to speak to Charlotte directly.

Kathryn said: ‘They would not tell me and my husband why they wanted to speak to my daughter.

‘I suggested again that she was only 12 and as her mother, I should be
the one they should speak to.

‘My daughter by this time was stood behind me crouching thinking she had done something wrong and was petrified.

‘The female police officer who stood at our door then proceeded to shout through to my daughter to check she had been isolating.

‘I spent Monday trying to find out why this had happened only to be told by Rochdale public health department that they had authorised this to happen.’

Kathryn has written to her MP Chris Clarkson to express her concern and his office is now investigating what happened.

She claims she received a letter from Rochdale Council on Monday stating that she must get in touch with them as a matter of urgency about Charlotte isolating.

She said: ‘I called the phone line and they said it was standard practice, even
though the leaflet read as if aimed at an adult. I was also told the
person who had signed it no longer works there.’

Later that day police showed up again – this time in a riot van – causing Charlotte to think she was being arrested.

Kathryn said: ‘We settled down and just after 9pm got a knock at the door.

‘It was the police again, this time in a riot van and coming to ‘check’ again that my daughter was isolating.

‘Me and my husband were so annoyed by this. The neighbours had also
seen all of this and came out to show their support for us.

‘They could see what had happened and a riot van in the street is a bit much. This time, however, the policeman was polite and was much more forthcoming than the two that had been the previous night.

‘It was terribly upsetting again for my daughter and she had another meltdown again thinking the police were going to arrest her.

‘I have since spoken to the public health specialist at Rochdale Council who has blamed NHS Test and Trace for all this and said if I’d have said we were all isolating the matter would not have got to this.’

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