Heart-warming photo of PCSO building den with young girl at scene of shooting

PCSO Daniel King builds a den with Mia Kellett, six
PCSO Daniel King builds a den with Mia Kellett, six
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A Leeds PCSO reassured a six-year-old girl following police raids on her street - by helping her to build a den.

PCSO Daniel King was guarding the scene following a police operation in Swarcliffe after a shotgun was fired at a flat on Langbar Garth.

The 25-year-old, who has only been in the job for six months, spotted six-year-old Mia Kellett playing in her garden nearby while a cordon was still in place.

"She started asking questions, things like what the crime scene tape was, and then she started playing, so I joined in! It just escalated from there really. We built a really good den."

A heart-warming photo taken by Mia's father of the pair playing together received a huge response when he shared it on social media.

"When there are children around near a crime scene, I try and get them involved - it's part of the job, but it's just how I am. I'm fresh into the job and I enjoy meeting new people and getting out into the community," added PCSO King, who lives in Morley and belongs to the Harehills and Gipton policing teams.

Mia's father Andrew Kellett, a car valeter, said:

"Daniel was friendly, made her feel reassured and went well above and beyond the call of duty. He deserves a large pat on the back. It's a powerful photo of an officer taking time out from his duties to build a den for a little girl to feel safe in. It's nice to see humanity is still alive in small places."

Five men have been arrested in connection with the incident.