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PSNI accused of baton charging 12 year olds

10 August, 2006

Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Michael Ferguson speaking after receiving complaints from a number of people in the Springfield area about the PSNI trying to provoke children and young people and baton charging children as young as 12 has said the behaviour of the PSNI in the Springfield estate this evening is totally unacceptable.

Mr Ferguson said:

"The PSNI have being trying to stir up tension in this area for the last couple of nights.

"The behaviour of the PSNI tonight, by all accounts, has been totally unacceptable. Not only have they been provoking children and young people with obvious results but tonight the PSNI drove a speed at groups of children and young people and baton charged children as young as 12.

"This matter will be raised with the Police Ombudsman as a matter of urgency.

"There is no justification for these tactics and the targeting of young children in this manner." ENDS

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