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Mother Spends Hours Locked Up After Protecting Son

Thursday July 25 2013


Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court


A MOTHER spent six hours locked up when police tried to seize her son's off-road bike.

Karen Todd, 46, was arrested for being 'hostile' to two officers and it was only established later that her teenage son could not have ridden the bike illegally, as suspected, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Todd's solicitor Alan Greaves said a showdown between Todd and the officers in the garden of her home at Windsor Avenue, Kexborough, could have been avoided if there had been a more thorough police investigation.

Mr Greaves said police tried to seize the bike after receiving reports from the public who suspected Todd's son had been riding it illegally.

He explained: "The boy had earlier fallen off the bike and damaged it while on a track where it could be legally ridden. His mum was being protective of her son and protesting about the bike being taken away.

"One of the officers would not listen. All he was interested in was taking the bike away.

"I can just - but only just - accept the officers were acting in the execution of their duty. But the police should have made more enquiries.

"Instead, things got a bit heated. Mrs Todd should have received a caution. She was arrested, spent six hours in police custody and has ended up in court."

Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting, said Todd, who works at a frozen food shop, gave the officers an angry reception when they came for the bike.

She said: "Mrs Todd was hostile and aggressive. She said that the officers were picking on her son.

"She swore and told the officers to go away and get a search warrant. She grabbed hold of the bike's handlebar and would not let go.

"There was a big dog in the garden. She shouted at the dog to 'get them'."

Todd admitted resisting the officers and was given an absolute discharge and excused from paying costs of the case.

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Reply Posted by Niki on Thursday July 25 2013 at 10:08
Youngens these days want banning off them bikes some of them are stupid on em driving up n down streets giving backies causing problems wi noise early hrs in morning n parents are to blame aswell

Reply Posted by traci on Thursday July 25 2013 at 10:10
yet agen the cops on a power trip!! its time they actually listened to ppl before lockin folk up

Reply Posted by Matt on Thursday July 25 2013 at 10:13
Yet another low life get away from court scot free with abusing police officers. I remember when people had respect for emergency service workers.

Reply Posted by paul on Thursday July 25 2013 at 10:34
As usual the pigs throw their weight in the wrong place.scum

Reply Posted by Steve on Thursday July 25 2013 at 10:57
It seems both parties are in the wrong. One for not doing full inquiries first and the other for reacting like a rebellious child.
Any normal person would have calmly explained the situation to the police instead of kicking off the way she did. The worst case scenario would have been that they took the bike, she appealed and got the bike back after further inquiries.
It makes me sad that so many people are quick to criticize the police but if they didn't come for the bike someone would have complained that the police weren't doing their job. They come for the bike, albeit wrongly, but they're being criticized for that too. They can't win! Yes sometimes the police do go on power trips but it doesn't seem the case this time. They were following orders to cease the bike. That is all.
In my opinion the woman was completely in the wrong by reacting the way she did with her son present. Not the best example to set really is it?

Reply Posted by Jan on Thursday July 25 2013 at 10:59
So, Paul, hope you won't be calling for the "scum" when something happens to you.

Reply Posted by Leanne on Thursday July 25 2013 at 11:33
If the police had done there investigation correctly they would have realised they had no need to cease the bike intact the bike as been illegally taken by the police and Karen is now waiting for it returning to her, and how do you know she kicked off Steve?? And how do you know her son was present was you there??

Reply Posted by Steve on Thursday July 25 2013 at 11:40
In regards to her kicking off, I'm going on what the article says:
Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting, said Todd gave the officers an angry reception when they came for the bike.

She said: "Mrs Todd was hostile and aggressive. She said that the officers were picking on her son.

"She swore and told the officers to go away and get a search warrant. She grabbed hold of the bike's handlebar and would not let go.

"There was a big dog in the garden. She shouted at the dog to 'get them'."

And no there isn't anything there to say her son was present at the time; that's just me speculating.


Reply Posted by flapper on Thursday July 25 2013 at 15:21
Im wi you steve. We ALL NEED THE POLICE ..at some time. Would anyone reading, like it if a big dog was trying to chew thier bits? No, if the woman reacted that way to a police visit, then how would she react to a police dog trying to bite her???Jezzers

Reply Posted by Lister on Thursday July 25 2013 at 21:52
Ieanne,I have seen this first hand.mustapha phag!not bothering with punctuation then?idoit!!

Reply Posted by louisa on Friday July 26 2013 at 07:49
so lister r u 1 of them nosy people who as to stick there nose into every1s lives because u have not got 1 of your own and u need to be apart of what u think is going on and are u the 1 who makes up lies about kids to get them in trouble with the police

Reply Posted by fjdjs on Monday July 29 2013 at 15:09
All your criticising the police service, when the time comes that you need them, they tell you to piss off cos their pigs and dont do their jobs correctly. They'd be fantastic if you need em and they sorted out your ordeal. Get a grip ya moronic idiots

Reply Posted by Police hater on Monday July 29 2013 at 15:44
Just dirty pigs picking on a kid and his mom I hope they burn in hell the skum

Reply Posted by Andy on Monday July 29 2013 at 17:27
Reading this shows me how bad it has become in Barnsley. There seems to be no respect from the majority of people who have written comments on this article. Very sad indeed. What you are doing is just reinforcing the stereotype of people from Barnsley held by those who live outside the town . Very sad times for Barnsley

Reply Posted by RACHAEL on Monday July 29 2013 at 23:31
Well what can i say after reading all this? Seems you all want your say on this matter, but at the end of the day do any of you know Karen or her son? Well i do and you all want to shut up and get on with your own sad lives instead of worrying and commenting on others, There is alot more to this story than anyone knows and if what Karen had done was so bad why is it that this got thrown out of court? So you all need to but out and shut it or find the truth out before commenting. But reading some of them its probably the lying git causing some of the problems in the first place making some of the comments. Get a life really you sad people.