Po­lice heard screams and ex­plo­sions … then crashed 8-year-old’s Nerf gun birth­day party

Daily Mail - - News - By An­drew Levy

IT’S tricky com­ing up with some­thing to make your child’s birth­day bash stand out from the rest.

Lisa Green de­cided on a Nerf gun party to cel­e­brate her son Oliver turn­ing eight – in­clud­ing let­ting off a few bangers for good mea­sure.

But it was the un­ex­pected guests that re­ally made it a mem­o­rable day. Po­lice turned up af­ter the screams and bangs from the party were mis­taken by a neigh­bour for the sounds of a ma­chine gun at­tack.

Three of­fi­cers ar­rived in a squad car to dis­cover noth­ing but a bunch of ex­cited chil­dren wield­ing plas­tic toy guns. Af­ter the ini­tial shock of be­ing con­fronted by the law, the young­sters had the un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing the of­fi­cers join in the cel­e­bra­tions and pose for pho­tos.

Mother-of-three Mrs Green, 47, said: ‘The kids loved it. They were ask­ing if they were real po­lice of­fi­cers and they stayed for a lit­tle while to talk to them. They didn’t make a big deal out of it at all.

‘We made sure not to let off too many bangs af­ter that, just so that no one else would feel con­cerned. But I am grate­ful for what they did be­cause they made my son’s birth­day one he will re­mem­ber for ever.’

Oliver had 18 friends over for his party in the vil­lage of Yax­ham, Nor­folk, on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Most were armed with Nerf guns, which fire foam darts, discs or balls.

Mrs Green, who runs a fundrais­ing business with her hus­band Jonathan, 43, was in the kitchen mak­ing tea when one of the other moth­ers told her a squad car had pulled up in the drive­way. ‘I ap­proached the of­fi­cers and asked if there was a prob­lem and they said they had been called fol­low­ing re­ports of ma­chine guns go­ing off in my gar­den,’ she said. ‘I told them that there were some guns but they are only Nerf guns. We all had a bit of a laugh and I asked if they would want to come in and see what was hap­pen­ing.

‘They were bril­liant with the kids. As soon as they re­alised it was a chil­dren’s birth­day party they were fab.’

The thrilled young­sters got to fire off ques­tions about the of­fi­cers’ jobs dur­ing the ten­minute visit. ‘They didn’t have to stay and chat to the kids but they did,’ said Mrs Green. ‘The kids loved it.’

Nor­folk Po­lice con­firmed they were con­tacted at 3.40pm on Satur­day by a mem­ber of pub­lic re­port­ing gun­shots and the sound of chil­dren scream­ing. ‘No of­fences were com­mit­ted,’ a spokesman said.

Shootout: The young par­ty­go­ers bat­tle in the gar­den at Yax­ham in Nor­folk and, right, po­lice ar­rive to see what the noise is

Dis­armed: Po­lice pose for the chil­dren

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