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11 year old terrorised by PSNI

2 August, 2006

Sinn Féin Councillor Billy Page has said that treatment of an eleven year old girl by the PSNI for writing her name on the wall was unbelievable.

Councillor Page said,

"The treatment of this young child by the PSNI for scribbling her name on graffiti filled wall beggar's belief. The girl and her two young friends were taken by heavily armed PSNI in separate cars to their homes where the PSNI informed the parents to bring them to Strand Road barracks.

"At the barracks the mother of the young girl was threatened with arrest if they did not agree with an interview. The child was then interviewed, photographed had her DNA and shoe size taken before being released. This is the type of treatment one would expect for someone charged with a serious crime such as murder or robbery not on a child for writing her name on a wall.

"I believe that this action may have been prompted by the fact that one of the children wrote her name in Irish".

"While the problem of graffiti needs to be addressed this heavy handed approach to a child exposes the fact that the new beginning to policing has not been achieved.

"This young girl has been completely traumatised by her ordeal as has her family over an issue that could have been handled in a more sensitive manner given the fact that a child was involved.

"I would urge anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation never to go into a PSNI barracks without legal advice present." ENDS

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