Even more ‘health and safety’ idiocy coming out of the world’s greatest nanny state – the UK.

Mothers have been told they cannot have a cup of coffee while looking after their toddlers at a children’s centre – because it’s against health and safety rules.

Council officers also told the group to change its name from Coffee and Play to Baby Play – and swap biscuits for fruit and breadsticks as snacks.

No children have been hurt in the five years the group has been running but the council said hot drinks were dangerous – even in special safety flasks.

Mother-of-three Candida Hillman, 40, called the ban “ludicrous”.

She said: “It’s health and safety gone loopy and things are more dangerous now – we could have a drink and watch our kids but now we have to go to a different room. It’s patronising to parents who usually have a cup of tea or coffee on the go when their kids are running about at home.”

Mother-of-two Sue Turner, 30, added: “If you want a cuppa, you have to leave your child. Surely it’s more dangerous that they’re alone?”

Warwickshire County Council defended the ban at Stratford-upon-Avon.

A spokeswoman said safety was the main priority and added: “Most of the feedback has been positive.”

Unfortunately it’s less about safety and more about petty power than anything else.

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