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Police Storm Hotel Room After Dad Checks In With His 13-Year-Old Daughter

Police Storm Hotel Room After Dad Checks In With His 13-Year-Old Daughter

A single father has spoken of his shock when police raided his hotel room after he checked in with his 13-year-old daughter.

Jon Coupland, a DJ from Lincolnshire, was working in Nottingham earlier this week when the incident happened.

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The 58-year-old's daughter, Jessica, decided to tag along with her dad for the trip, to take advantage of the city's shopping.

But just moments after the pair checked into a Jurys Inn, police officers raided their hotel room, citing reports of 'suspicious behaviour involving a child'.

Mr Coupland was on a work trip when the incident happened. Credit: BPM Media
Mr Coupland was on a work trip when the incident happened. Credit: BPM Media

Mr Coupland has had custody of Jessica since she was just three months old.

Speaking to Nottingham Live, he said: "I have never been made to feel like this in the whole time I have had custody of Jessica.

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"No one has ever questioned me or made me feel like this before. I was coming to Nottingham for work and Jessica said she wanted to come with me so that she could do some shopping before she went back to school.

"I decided to book the Jurys Inn as it looked like a good location and then when we got there I was checking in and they asked for ID.

"I was quite taken back by it, but I went out to my car to get my driving licence with a picture of me on and showed them that. It was all fine. We checked in and went up to the room."

Police raided Mr Coupland's hotel room citing 'suspicious behaviour involving a child'. Credit: BPM Media
Police raided Mr Coupland's hotel room citing 'suspicious behaviour involving a child'. Credit: BPM Media

He added: "About an hour later there was a knock on the door and four police officers stormed in with the manager and they started interrogating me."

Mr Coupland says his daughter was traumatised by the whole ordeal and says it would never have happened if she wasn't half Thai.

He said: "I am absolutely disgusted by the behaviour of the hotel and the police. We were made to feel very unwelcome and they knew I was her dad but they kept asking questions.

"I felt that it was like what happened before all over again. They would not have done this if my daughter wasn't half Thai.

"It was awful. They made such a scene and it was very embarrassing for her and for me. I want everyone to know about this and the way we were treated."

The father and daughter moved to a Premier Inn after police left. Credit: Google
The father and daughter moved to a Premier Inn after police left. Credit: Google

The single dad was particularly distressed by the incident because of what he had been through in the past.

In 2014, he received £86,000 ($105k) in compensation after being falsely accused of sexually assaulting Jessica.

Following the latest incident, Mr Coupland and his daughter moved to a Premier Inn.

A police spokesman confirmed officers responded to reports of 'suspicious behaviour'.

They said: "Nottinghamshire Police was called to Jurys Inn, Waterfront Plaza, Nottingham city centre, at 6.45pm on Wednesday, August 28 following a report of behaviour which was perceived as suspicious where a child was present.

"Officers were quick to arrive at the scene and established that the child was safe and well and no offences had been committed.

"Nottinghamshire takes child welfare very seriously and will respond to any reports of concern from the public."

A spokesman for Jurys Inn told Nottingham Live: "As this matter was dealt with by the police, it would not be appropriate for us to comment."

Featured Image Credit: BPM Media

Topics: uk news, Interesting, travel, Weird

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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