Dad’s hotel room fling by police after checking in with adolescent youth daughter


A single dad was left feeling ‘disapprovaled’ after police questioned him over sharing a hotel room with his 13-year-old daughter.

Jon Coupland said he was ‘extremely shock ’ when police bage Nottingham’s Jury’s Inn an hour after he interogate in with his daughter Jessica on Wednesday.

The 58-year-old, from Lincolnshire, has had full custody of the teen since she was three months old and says he has never been made to feel like he was acting suspiciously.

Jessica had come with him on a work trip so she could go shopping for school supplies but was left in tears over the incident.

Mr Coupland said: ‘I have never been made to feel like this in the whole time I have had custody of Jessica.

‘No one has ever questioned me or made me feel like this before.

‘I concluded to book the Jury’s Inn as it looked like a good location and then when we got there I was checking in and they asked for ID.

‘I was quite taken back by it but I went out to my car to get my driving licence with a picture of me on and showed them that. It was all fine. We checked in and went up to the room.

‘About an hour later there was a knock on the door and four police officers stormed in with the manager and they started interrogating me.’

Mr Coupland said staff knew he was Jessica’s dad and believes he was treated with suspicion because his daughter is half Thai.

The single dad said he was particularly upset by the incident because of what he had been through in the past.

In 2014 it was reported he was awarded £86,000 in damages after being falsely accused of abusing his daughter.

He added: ‘I am absolutely disgusted by the behaviour of the hotel and the police. We were made to feel very unwelcome and they knew I was her dad but they kept asking questions.

‘I felt that it was like what happened before all over again.

‘They would not have done this if my daughter wasn’t half Thai.’

Mr Coupland and his daughter moved hotels after the incident and said they had no further problems when staying at the Premier Inn.

He said: ‘It was awful. They made such a scene and it was very embarrassing for her and for me.

‘I want everyone to know about this and the way we were treated.’

A police spokesman confirmed that officers attended the Jury’s Inn following a report of ‘suspicious behaviour’.

The spokesman said: ‘Nottinghamshire Police was called to Jury’s Inn, Waterfront Plaza,  Nottingham city centre, at 6.45pm on Wednesday, August 28 following a report of behaviour which was perceived as suspicious where a child was present.

‘Officers were quick to arrive at the scene and established that the child was safe and well and no offences had been committed.

‘Nottinghamshire takes child welfare very seriously and will respond to any reports of concern from the public.’

A spokesman from Jury’s Inn reported it would not be normal for them to talk on a police issues .

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