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Police called to Brighton children's fundraising event
They decided to take time out to raise money for a good cause.
But the charity bid by children living in Compton Avenue, Brighton had a frightening ending – when they received a visit from the police.
Eleven youngsters aged between five and 11 set up a stall selling their unwanted toys, cakes and lemonade to raise money for Water Aid.
In two weeks Maia, Sol, Isabella, Eleanor, Max, Sim, Ava, Mia, Scout, Teddy and Bessie raised more than £138 by asking residents in their street to buy the goods and make donations.
But someone living nearby appears to not have been so keen on the idea.
Benita Matosska, of Compton Avenue, said: “All the kids got together to run the sales.
“They called themselves the Compton Avenue Charity Kids.
“The kids thought it up on their own and it really brought them all together.
“They got things they no longer needed and put it on sale, they’ve been baking cakes and they put on fancy dress to try and drum up sales.
“The whole neighbourhood has been brought together by it, but someone did complain that they were making too much noise.
“Then the police came down and asked where their parents were. We live right next to where they set up the stall.
“The police came in and said there could be a child protection report because I wasn’t watching my children.
“The grandmother of one of the children was in the front room and was watching them from the window.
“The kids were very frightened when the police came.”
A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said: “Police stopped after seeing a five-year-old boy alone selling toys outside his home in Compton Avenue, Brighton, and unsupervised.
“Officers, concerned for his safety, spoke with the boy and made the parents aware of their concerns.”
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