Santa made an appearance in a parade in Wales recently, an event that happens just about everywhere in the world around this time of year. People waved and were smiling as Santa played to the crowd. Then a stunning thing happened. A police riot van backed up to where Santa was staged and police put him in the van and hauled him away. Local media reports the reaction of kids:
Jade Hughes, from Maerdy, who was at the event said: “There were a lot tears. People couldn’t believe it actually happened. My four-year-old cousin started crying saying, ‘Santa can’t bring me toys now’.”
The 20-year-old said: “It was a fantastic event until a police van reversed the whole length of Market Street and took Santa away.
“It left a lot children upset because they thought he had been arrested. There was a lot of very upset kids thinking Santa wouldn’t be around for them.”
“Children started crying while some just looked on in disbelief. It was a fab event until then.”
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “Santa obviously has a busy month ahead, so when he asked if we could provide transport at the end of his sleigh ride through Aberdare town centre to help him get back to the North Pole, we were happy to oblige.”