Sophie Lindley still uses training wheels on the bike in question

By Alex Heigl
Updated March 11, 2015 04:20 PM

It was a slow day of crime in Grantham, England, on March 9, apparently.

Sophie Lindley, 4, was biking along Trent Road with her dad, when a police officer approached her and said she had to get off the path on her bike. (Sophie is still using training wheels.)

“He said, ‘The law is the law,’ and she was not allowed to ride on the path,” her father Dale told the BBC.

“He said, ‘If I catch you putting her on her bike further up the road I will turn around and confiscate the bike,’ ” Lindley added.

Sophie’s mother said she knew that it was illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk, but she told the BBC that “it is ridiculous to think a 4-year-old is not allowed The most unbelievable thing is they were going to confiscate the bike.”

Lincolnshire police have since apologized for the incident, with a statement reading, “Safety is our priority and cycling on the pavement is illegal. However, common sense obviously prevails and in the case of young children, officers should use their discretion and offer the most appropriate advice for the circumstances.”