Kirkham mum hands her own son into police for vandalism to ‘teach him a lesson’

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‘He needs to learn that it’s not right and you absolutely don’t do these kinds of things,’ she said.

 

Kirkham town centre
Kirkham town centre

A Lancashire mum who turned her own son into police for vandalising a local business has said her response ‘had to be done’.

The 33-year-old mum, who lives in Kirkham, said she told her son she was going to report him to Lancashire Constabulary after he confessed his role in the incident to her.

The boy, aged 15, told his mum that he had taken part in vandalising vintage and classic cars belonging to a town business that were regularly used for weddings.

“He has to learn that people work hard for their living,” she told LancsLive.

“He can’t just go around willy-nilly, with his pals and think it’s a bit of fun to destroy things – he has to learn.

“My son’s no angel and we have always worried about something like this happening. He’s basically very easily led and follows the crowd. We always knew something like this could happen and I have always tried to be honest about things.

“Him and his friends decided they were going to play in some woods, and they came across this unit. They damaged some cars and damaged the unit. It was a green house and from what I gather there were vintage, classic cars which were going to be used for weddings.

“It’s somebody’s business at the end of the day. It’s their livelihood. He was upfront and honest and said what he had done, and I said ‘right, well, we will have to see what the police say’.”

The mum, who along with her son cannot be identified due to legal reasons, says the incident saw spray paint on the floor as well as car windows smashed.

The culprits allegedly also took a tractor for a ride that was at the location, she said.

The mother said she took the difficult but commendable decision to turn her son in to police to teach him a lesson.

“Some people might not agree with what I have done. They might say, why did you do that? You should support and protect him,” she said.

“But I’m not protecting him if I cover this up. That’s giving him the green light to progress and go on to further things, and he would then say, well my mum has my back. He needs to learn that it’s not right and you absolutely don’t do these kinds of things.

“I have to teach my children the right way in life – you have to show them the right way to be kind, polite and upstanding citizens.”

It is not known if any arrests have been made in relation to the incidents in question.

Lancashire Constabulary was contacted for comment but did not respond prior to publication.