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Autistic boy assault: Police 'defending the indefensible'

Metropolitan Police officers assaulted a 16-year-old boy with severe autism by forcing him into handcuffs and leg restraints during a school trip, the High Court has ruled.

He was awarded £28,250 in damages following the incident at a swimming pool in Acton, west London, in 2008.

The Met has signalled its intention to appeal against the decision.

Speaking outside court, the boy's solicitor welcomed the ruling and called on the Metropolitan Police to apologise for the incident.

Tony Murphy said that officers were "defending the indefensible" in refusing to admit blame.

  • 14 Mar 2012
  • From the section UK