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Thursday, 18 May, 2000, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
'Dick Turpin' toddler's sweet hold-ups
Dyfed-Powys Police officers
Dyfed-Powys Police received complaints from neighbours
Neighbours have complained to police about a three-year-old boy dubbed 'Dick Turpin' who held them to ransom for sweets.

Residents in Glan Aber, Burry Port, west Wales, complained about Robert Rees's activities after he stopped a number of them and demanded sweets.

Robert started his raids after his parents allowed him out on his blue and white bike with stabilisers for the first time.

Neighbours said the mini Dick Turpin jumped in front of cars and would not let them pass until they had handed over a penny or some sweets.

'Doesn't understand'

Robert's mother Melanie, 34, said she only realised what was happening when a policewoman and a social worker turned up on her doorstep to say there had been complaints about his behaviour.

The mother-of-four said: "They told me that there had been a complaint because Robert was stopping neighbours and asking for sweets.

"I would have preferred the people to have complained to me instead of going to the police.

"He is only three so he does not really understand.

'Quite upset'

"I told him that the police had been and that he wasn't to ask anyone for sweets and if they gave him any he was to say thank you.

"He did get quite upset and told me that he wasn't a naughty boy."

Fed up residents brought the boy's behaviour to the attention of the police during a routine neighbourhood watch meeting.

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: "We can confirm that we spoke to the parents of a three-year-old Llanelli boy regarding certain social issues which had been brought to police attention."

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