A MOTHER who built a play pen on the pavement outside her home was ordered to take it down by the police and council.

Glenda Anderton who lived in Holcombe Road, Helmshore, erected the pen in 1969 to keep her kids safe from traffic when playing outdoors, but after being told to take it down, she planned to fight the ban by taking it to the council.

One of Mrs Anderton's children narrowly escaped death after running into the busy road, which parents in the area dubbed 'danger mile'.

Mrs Anderton said: "The pen is not interfering with anybody. The children are too young to be sent to nearby open spaces and they can't play on the pavement without protection because lorries are always roaring past. Next time the council meet I shall be there to ask for permission to put the pen back up."