Clacton: Crime-fighting toddler reward with police station visit

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Young Ashton with mum Alice and police chief Cat Barrie Young Ashton with mum Alice and police chief Cat Barrie

A CRIME-FIGHTING toddler who helped police catch a suspect was given a special tour of Clacton police station as a reward.

Eagle-eyed Ashton Millard, 2, spotted a shoplifting suspect hiding in his back garden.

He shouted and pointed at the stranger, alerting nearby police to his location and leading to an arrest.

Young Ashton and his parents were given a tour around Clacton police station by chief inspector Cat Barrie as a reward for his actions.

Mum Alice said: “We weren’t expecting it but it was a lovely surprise to be invited to the station.

“Everyone was really welcoming and made a fuss of Ashton.

“We were shown around and Ashton was even allowed to sit in one of the police cars and play with the lights and siren.

“He loved it and I’d just like to say thank you to all the staff there who gave up their time and made it possible. It was a great experience.”

Chief Inspector Cat Barrie said Ashton has become the youngest neighbourhood watch following the visit.

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