Justice in this country is totally upside-down. How can you torture a child to death and get away with it, but when you smack one, on the leg, for walking home in the dark, then you end up in jail for the night. Cuk coo!!!! http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Father-Mark-Frearson-Demands-Apology-After-Being-Jailed-For-Smacking-Son-On-Legs/Article/200811315153067?lpos=UK_News_Top_Stories_Header_4&lid=ARTICLE_15153067_Father_Mark_Frearson_Demands_Apology_After_Being_Jailed_For_Smacking_Son_On_Legs A father is demanding police say sorry for jailing him overnight after he smacked his son on the leg. Mark Frearson said he told off his seven-year-old son Harry for walking off alone after dark while they were out shopping. But three hours later, four police officers and a specialist child support officer arrived at his house to take Harry away. They arrested Mr Frearson on suspicion of assault, and locked him in a cell. Officers told him they could not carry out an interview because the witness "was not in a condition to give a statement". He had to spend the night in jail and was released the next day after the witness was interviewed and withdrew their accusation. The 47-year-old director of a parcel company has made a formal complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. He said the police reaction was "massively over-the-top" and the experience was traumatic for his son. Mr Frearson, from Plymouth, said: "I appreciate the police's concern but even if they felt they had to take Harry away, I don't understand why they felt it necessary to arrest me and lock me up before interviewing me or the witness. "I want an apology, I wasn't given any after being released without charge, and I am still angry and bewildered at the events of that night." Mr Frearson said he had told Harry to stay with him because it was dark. But the boy left the shop, and after a 10 minute search he was found in a nearby park. He smacked him once on the back of his leg, and the two returned home. Mr Frearson said later: "There were about 20 people around at the time I told Harry off and CCTV, but they still locked me up." A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police has said they cannot comment after a formal complaint is made.