Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Boy's arm injury in Andover police custody investigated

A 15-year-old boy suffered a fractured elbow while in police custody in Hampshire, prompting an Independent Police Complaints Commission inquiry.

The unnamed boy was arrested on 26 February and taken to a cell at Andover police station.

The following evening, custody staff requested police assistance when they reported "suspicious activity".

The boy has accused officers of pinning him to the floor and pulling his arm backwards while restraining him.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it would examine how he received the injury and his level of care in custody.

It said the boy's mother had made a complaint after he was found to have a fractured elbow when he was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

Hampshire Police then referred the matter to the IPCC.

IPCC Commissioner Mike Franklin said: "In particular, we will look at the type of restraint used on him and whether it was appropriate, considering the situation."

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