Father questioned by police after bar staff claimed he hit his son



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An irate father has been visited by police and called by social services after allegedly beating his son in public. Single father Rupi Singh strongly denies shaking hands with nine-year-old Harman over a family meal at the Chance and Counters cafe in the Custard Factory in Birmingham.

He told the title of our sister. The Sunday Mercury officers were called because he claimed he had “beaten” the boy.”

The 44-year-old wholesaler, from Dudley, says he was left “totally humiliated” after being confronted by staff at the popular restaurant last Saturday, March 19. And he fears that because of the many customers who witnessed the angry exchange with staff.

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Police spoke to Mr Singh and his son. In a statement, they said the youngster refuted the claim that he had been beaten and showed no signs of injury.

Mr Singh said: “I feel victimized as a man with his son. I’m a single parent, I want a little more out of it. I’m afraid some people will recognize me and think I’m a child molester.”

Chance and Counters, the Birmingham city center location, said CCTV footage of the alleged incident had been presented to police. Singh was asked to drop the smacking claims in order to further upset and confront customers, the eatery added.

Since then, Chance and Counters has been inundated with a “huge amount” of emails and voicemails from Mr Singh, the spokesman added. This is not denied by the customer.

He also admits that he may have abused the staff in the heat of battle. He was helped out of the building by his brother.

“That’s the situation they’ve created,” he said. Mr Singh has admitted that he initially refused to leave when asked and made a number of angry phone calls to Chance and Counters during the night.

But he insisted the visit to his home in Dudley by two female police officers was solely about assault charges. “I told them that my son was with his grandparents. They spoke to him and were pleased.”

That has been confirmed by police, although the West Midlands Force say it is investigating a claim that the boy had been beaten on the arm. This week, the father said he received a follow-up call from a social worker.

The trouble started when Rupi and Harman, with four other family and friends, attended Chance and Counters after watching Villa’s game with Arsenal. Harman did get upset, Rupi admitted.

“I was approached by an employee who said, ‘Are you the one who hit that kid?’ I was in shock, then three or four came up to me and asked me to leave. I was upset, I was trying to get my point across.

“To be honest, it’s all a bit disappointing, I just didn’t expect it. I didn’t get an answer on how, when and where? Before making such accusations, you need to be 300 percent sure.

“I kept thinking, ‘why me?’ “I’ve had a bit of a bad run. I feel humiliated and worried, unable to think, unable to work.”

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A spokesperson for Chance and Counters – a restaurant where customers can play board games – said: “We are aware of the incident on Saturday 19 March and have conducted an internal investigation in addition to cooperating with the police investigation.

“A staff member witnessed an interaction between who we believe to be Mr Singh and his son which made them feel incredibly uncomfortable. When asked to leave, the customer became confrontational and threatened several of our employees both verbally and physically. We have provided police statements, CCTV and other footage, as well as details of the massive amount of voicemails and emails we have received since the event.

“We had, and still have, no desire to escalate the situation other than to remove him from the premises and ensure that he does not return. We simply do not tolerate threatening behavior towards our staff and behavior within our premises that makes staff or other customers feel unsafe.”

UK law on hitting a child has changed. It is allowed in England as long as it is a “reasonable penalty”.

However, Scotland introduced its own ban in November 2020. All forms of physical punishment of children are now against the law, and minors enjoy the same legal protections against violence as adults.

From March 21, corporal punishment of any kind, including hitting, hitting, hitting and shaking, was made illegal in Wales. West Midlands Police said: “We received a report from a member of the public that a child had been beaten on the arm last Saturday 19 March.

“We spoke to the nine-year-old who said they were not hit. There were no signs of injuries and as such no evidence of a crime.”

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