Manchester mother demands apology from public health and police chiefs

Manchester mother demands apology from public health and police chiefs
Manchester mother demands apology from public health and police chiefs

A furious mother is demanding an apology after police turned up at her home in a riot van to check her 'petrified' daughter was self-isolating at home with Covid-19.

Officers visited the home of Kathryn Crook in Middleton, Greater Manchester, to check that Charlotte, 12, was adhering to Covid guidance after catching the virus. 

Ms Crook, 45, says her daughter was terrified by the experience, alleging the behaviour of Rochdale public health officers and Greater Manchester Police was 'inappropriate and heavy-handed.' 

She is now urging those involved to apologise for what she says was 'overkill'.

Officers first visited the family home on July 11 and asked to speak directly to Charlotte, before quizzing her mother on whether she was self-isolating.

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Officers visited the home of Kathryn Crook in Middleton, Greater Manchester, to check that Charlotte (above together), 12, was adhering to Covid guidance after catching the virus

Officers visited the home of Kathryn Crook in Middleton, Greater Manchester, to check that Charlotte (above together), 12, was adhering to Covid guidance after catching the virus

Ms Crook 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.'

The furious mother later wrote to her MP Chris Clarkson to express her concern, and his office is now investigating the incident.  

She added: 'During Monday we also received a letter addressed to our daughter from Rochdale council stating that she must get in touch with them as a matter of urgency about her isolating.

'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.'

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Ms Crook says the family then received another visit from GMP on June 12.

'We settled down and just after 9pm got a knock at the door,' she said.

'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

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