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Police Swoop To 'Arrest' Girl With Down's Syndrome And Grant Christmas Wish

Police Swoop To 'Arrest' Girl With Down's Syndrome And Grant Christmas Wish

Emily has long had a passion for police cars and was allowed to turn on the sirens

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

Police granted a young girl's Christmas wish by swooping in to 'arrest' her.

Officers screeched to a halt on a street in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on Monday (21 December), with blue lights flashing and sirens blaring as they came looking for Emily Richards.

The 15-year-old, who has Down's Syndrome, is 'obsessed' with police cars and has always wanted to get inside one.

So not wanting to let the teenager down, Sergeant Gordon Sitch and officers Karen Stebel and Tim Croson from South Yorkshire's Airport Policing Group visited Emily's home to give her a little surprise.

Sadly, due to Covid restrictions, officers weren't able to put cuffs on Emily and had to stick to a safe two-metre distance.

But she was allowed to hop inside their car and turn on the blues and twos, and was also given a few mementos from the visit, including a plaque, a badge and a traditional police helmet.

Emily was over the moon with the visit.

Speaking about the visit, Sergeant Gordon Sitch said: "We have had a lovely afternoon making Emily's Christmas wish come true. Seeing the excitement on her face is what Christmas is all about.

"We wish the Richards family a wonderful Christmas."

Emily's dad Wayne said her passion for police cars started due to her love of Coronation Street after seeing characters get arrested.

Emily, who spent the first seven Christmases of her life in hospital due to complications with her condition, has been shielding since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

So in a bid to bring her some joy this year, her mum Allison and her dad reached out to the cops in South Yorkshire to see if they could spare a little time to come and visit her ahead of Christmas.

Wayne added: "The visit was fantastic and made her day."

A spokesman for the force said: "After a difficult year, we wanted to make sure that Emily's 2020 Christmas was one to remember where her wishes come true."

The 15-year-old was allowed to hop in the car and turn on the sirens.

This year has been a difficult one for most people, and Christmas will be far from normal for many - but there are people out there trying to make life that bit easier for others.

Earlier this week, a couple of business partners took on the role of Father Christmas this year, buying every item left in a toy shop and handing them out to families in need.

Ryan Powell and business partner Paul Jones, from South Wales, wanted to do something to help struggling families after hearing the announcement that all non-essential shops in Wales must close due to the pandemic.

Sharing the post, Ryan wrote: "I have just done a deal with Gareth Price and purchased all of the toys he had left at his business in Ystrad - D. Emlyn Lloyd - all at cost price.

"Myself and my business partner Paul Jones are giving these away to anyone struggling to get gifts over Christmas."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Christmas, UK News, Inspirational, Community