Television personality hiking with son, 11, detained by police after being confused for pedophileBy Mason White 6:42 PM August 19, 2013
|Will Self holding one of his books|
By: Moses Gold
A father was stopped by police after they suspected he might be a pedophile trying to harm a young child.
The father, who was walking with his 11-year-old son, was questioned by police and his name was searched in the police database before being released.
The man, William Woodard, also known as Will Self, is a well-known television personality in the United kingdom. He is also a writer and a journalist. He is the author of many books. His work has been translated into 22 languages.
Besides being all of the above, Self is a good father of four.
Self, 51, was hiking walk with his son decked out in full hiking gear and the child was carrying a walking stick. The pair crossed the Humber Bridge in Yorkshire on foot and were headed to a bed and breakfast in North Dalton, England.
During their walk, the pair walked passed the Bishop Burton College. They asked the guard at the college if they could cut through the establishment’s grounds. The guard did not allow them to do so, instead he called police on the two.
The guard found the father and son to be suspicious and he called the police to report what he believed to be a pedophile with an underage child.
The officer, who responded to the call, recognized Self, who appears regularly on television in the U.K. Nonetheless, he questioned Self as to what he and the schoolboy were doing walking together. After I explained that the boy was my son, my details were verified on the Police National Computer, Self said.
“The suggestion that I might pose some sort of threat to young children, or that I might be a pedophile, especially in front of my son, was absurd and offensive,” Self said.
“No man enjoying a walk with their child should face the examination by the police on suspicion of being a sexual predator,” Self added.
Self is angry that his child was put through the ordeal. “The guard abused a child himself, by exposing my son to the sight of his father, who was guilty of nothing, being questioned by police on the roadside as if he were engaged in a perverse activity,” the father said.
The father of four children said he did not want the security guard punished, but he just wants an apology.