Updated - Sussex Police fully supports IPCC investigation into the treatment of an 11-year-old disabled girl
08 February 2013
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is carrying out an
investigation into Sussex Police's treatment of an 11-year-old
Officers came into contact with the girl, who suffers from
Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a genetic condition with symptoms similar
to autism. On five occasions she was physically restrained and on
four of these she was also arrested and taken into custody.
Police arrested the girl four times in 2012: under the
Mental Health Act on 9 February; for assault on 16 February; for a
public order offence on 29 February and for criminal damage on 2
March. The IPCC is investigating the circumstances of these
A police spokesman said: "We take our responsiblity for any use
of force very seriously particularly when it involves young people
or those who are disabled.
"Given the unusual circumstances of the case and that is it
being independently investigated we cannot go into full
detail until the conclusion of the investigation. We welcome the
IPCC's scrutiny and we fully support its investigation."
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