Housing bosses take boy’s bike left in a corridor because it was a health and safety risk and demand £50 to give it back

  • Christopher Rawson cried when his £40 bike was confiscated by a housing association
  • His mother Rebekah says the foyer where the bike was left was 'huge' and it wasn't in the way

A toddler has had his tiny bike confiscated by housing bosses who claim it was causing a fire hazard outside his home.

Christopher Rawson, two, cried when his red bike disappeared from outside the door of the ground floor flat.

It turned out housing association First Wessex had confiscated the toy from the apartment block foyer because it posed a 'potential hazard'.

Christopher Rawson, two, cried when his red balance bike disappeared from outside his home in Southampton

Upset: Christopher Rawson, two, cried when his red bike disappeared from outside the door of the ground floor flat where he lives in Southampton

Christopher’s mother Rebekah Rawson, 27, will have to pay £50 to get the £40 bike back, and has slammed the decision as 'ridiculous'.

The mother-of-three, of Southampton, Hampshire, said: 'This is my home. It’s like they have just come into my house and taken the bike.'

She received a letter on Saturday asking her to move the bike, then noticed three days later that it was gone.

'When I saw the letter I thought it was ridiculous so I just ignored it,' she said.

'It’s a tiny little balance bike. It’s not blocking anything, no one else has to go past it, there are two doors to get out of the flats and the foyer is huge.

'No one knocked on my door they just took it and didn’t even leave a letter to say it had been taken.'

A little balance bike

Confiscated: A little balance bike like the one First Wessex took into storage from the foyer of the block of flats claiming it was a fire hazard

She later found out it had been taken into storage.

First Wessex says it operates a 'zero tolerance' policy when it comes to obstacles that may prevent residents escaping in the event of a fire.

The company says the family had been warned that the bike was a 'potential hazard' and not to store it in the communal area.

Carol Williams, operations director at First Wessex, said all their residents are warned not to leave personal items in communal areas and regular inspections are carried out to make sure they are clear.

An immediate removal notice was issued during a visit on August 8, followed by a first class letter warning the bike would be taken away, she said.

She added: 'When we visited the block again and the bike was still stored in a communal area, it was removed and placed into storage to ensure the safety of all residents living in the block.'