A dad was handcuffed and allegedly thrown out of a funfair for carrying a Sikh dagger in public, despite not breaking the law.
Prabjot Singh, an Amritdhari Sikh, was queuing for a ride with his son at Tir Prince Fun Park in Towyn, Conwy, when a staff member noticed the six-inch kirpan attached to his waist.
The religious blade must be worn by followers of the faith and are exempt from the Offensive Weapons Bill.
During the incident on July 30, family friend Arminder Singh said Prabjot - who doesn't speak much English - was told to remove the article or leave the park, reports North Wales Live.
The group of family and friends had travelled to North Wales from Birmingham for the day to visit the attraction as well as Aber Falls.
Arminder said he stepped in to try and explain the situation and make them aware no law had been breached.
He was at the front of the ride queue when he saw Prabjot being spoken to by the employee and shouted to see what was going on.
"The staff member said this man is wearing a knife. He used the word knife. And said it's not allowed," he said.
Image:Arminder Singh WS)
Despite Arminder explaining it was a misunderstanding, he was told the park couldn't allow it "in case anyone gets injured".
A call was then put into the police and he described four or five patrol cars arriving before the ride had finished.
Arminder said his friend was then handcuffed and "everyone was looking at us like we were terrorists".
Prabjot's wife "was in tears, everyone got very nervous", he added.
Officers eventually looked into the legalities of the kirpan and released Prabjot, handing him a receipt for his detention, said Arminder.
He went on to say the owner of Tir Prince then escorted the whole group out of the park, before apologising and refunding their tickets shortly after.
But they allegedly would not allow them back in with the kirpan, despite the family visiting the park without issue the previous month.
Arminder said the owner also told them he would not be allowing any other Amritdhari Sikhs to enter the site moving forward.
Chief Constable Carl Foulkes was questioned about the incident on Twitter and said he recognises "both the religious and cultural sensitivity" of the issue after being briefed.
"We are reaching out to the gentlemen affected to discuss the circumstances with him and we will understand and take on board learning for the force," he added.
In a statement, North Wales Police said officers responded to reports of a man in possession of two knives at the amusement park.
It added that the man explained the circumstances and with the officers "aware of the legal exemption", he was given an official record of the stop and search.
“North Wales Police works with all sections of our diverse communities across the region, and constantly seeks to engage over culturally sensitive issues which include consultation with colleagues from the Sikh Police Association, and the Black and Asian Police Association," the statement continued.
"Our officers receive extensive training on these issues, but we will always look to maximise any learning opportunities from each and every incident.
"The force is in the process of trying to contact the gentleman concerned, to address any ongoing concerns he may have."
Owner and managing director of Tir Prince Fun Park, Adam Williams told the Mirror that everyone is welcome on site.
He added that he would like those carrying religious weapons to check in with staff so they are aware of their presence.
Mr Williams added: "We have to follow health and safety so may ask people to remove it for certain rides as we would with big earrings etc.
"But everyone is welcome on the site."