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11 July 2019, 12:34
A mum from Newcastle was left furious after a neighbour alerted the police when she saw her kids were naked in the garden paddling pool
A mum has spoken of her fury after a neighbour called the police because her kids were playing naked in the garden.
Beth McKenna, from Newcastle, has demanded an apology after police turned up at her house following an anonymous tip-off to the NSPCC.
She said that police were 'embarrassed' after turning up to her family home on Thursday to find her kids Stephen, five, and Elizabeth, two, perfectly safe and happy.
"I was absolutely stunned, but more than anything else, I was furious," Beth told Chronicle Live.
"There are people being murdered and stuff like that, this is what the police should be spending their time investigating - not this."
She revealed that the police came after the NSPCC received an anonymous tip-off.
Beth added: "(The officers) said they had to come around and were just doing their jobs, and basically laughed about how ridiculous it was.
"But I think I am a good mum and I was angry that somebody could make accusations about my kids.
"Nobody has the right to say that and I'd like something to happen to whoever put the call in.
"And my daughter wasn't even naked - she had a nappy on.
"I mean, calling Childline or whatever for someone running around in a nappy - it is pathetic."
The NSPCC said: “Every year, the NSPCC Helpline makes tens of thousands of referrals to external agencies following reports of concerns for children’s welfare ranging from neglect and physical abuse to sexual abuse.
“It is then down to those agencies to decide if they will take any action.”
A Northumbria police spokesperson said: "We can confirm we received an anonymous report through the NPSCC of concern for two children at an address.
"Officers spoke to the family and had no concerns for the welfare of the children. The matter has since been closed.”