Attendants in a British park have been told to confront adults who enter without children, in hopes of catching any suspected pedophiles, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
Wardens in Telford Town Park in Shropshire, will stop and question anyone who is not accompanied by kids. The park council calls the policy a “commonsense approach” to protect children within the 420-acre recreational area.
Some park goers have accused the council of “authoritarian madess,” saying the policy will unnecessarily panic parents about the dangers their children face.
David Ottley, recreation manager for the park council, said in a letter to the public: “Our town park staff approach adults that are not associated with any children in the park and request the reason for them being there. In particular, this applies to those areas where children or more vulnerable groups gather.”
A council spokesman assured the Daily Mail that only those “acting suspiciously” would be questioned.