A couple have hit the headlines for phoning the police for help with their daughter after she 'kicked off' because she couldn't watch Love Island. Apparently, the eleven year old girl had been sent to bed before 9 o'clock, which meant she wouldn't be able to tune in to everyone's favourite summertime dating show. She reacted like any of us would, really, by throwing a fit and proving to be so unmanageable that her parents say they were forced to call the police. The couple, in Coalville, Leicestershire phoned the report in as a ‘public disorder incident' and claimed the threatened them with violence. The police responded by sending several officers to the property and speeding through Leicestershire streets with their blue lights on in their haste to get there.
A statement from Market Bosworth Police on Facebook said: "An 11-year-old girl kicked off because she wasn’t allowed to watch Love Island. Police were called to the address in Coalville, Leicestershire, following reports of a ‘public disorder incident. Due to the information passed by the caller, this was risk assessed and graded as a ‘Grade One’ – which means they attended as an emergency on blues and twos. True story." The incident is being used as something of a cautionary tale for parents who might be a little too trigger-happy to phone the police when a domestic disturbance with young children could just as easily be solved by them at home. As it turned out, no-one was injured and no arrests were made but the police might have been re-directed from actual crime happening elsewhere in the town.
Unsurprisingly, the girl's parents have been slammed by Facebook users who read the post and circulated it among friends. Hanna Williams said: "Hope all involved got a good talking to for wasting time – as well as even contemplating watching Love Island" and Michael Feliciant said: "So what has happened to parenting? It’s bad enough to argue with your children about TV programmes but to call the police? This is the rubbish on TV that has got control of some of the public. Very sad!" Some users have urged caution, however, and pointed out that nobody knows exactly what happened at home between the parents and their child, there may be underlying issues that haven't been disclosed and the parents might have actually been unsafe at home. Market Bosworth account responded by saying: "It gives an insight into what we deal with everyday. The family received support, safeguarding referrals, and a holistic review of the incident."