Leeds & West Yorkshire

Protest student 'hit by policeman' at Leeds EMA march

A student has claimed she was hit by a policeman during protests in Leeds against plans to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Georgia Emblem, 20, said she had been struck on the leg with a truncheon "without warning" during the event.

The incident was captured on a mobile phone by a person at the protest.

West Yorkshire police said they could not comment on footage they had not seen, but that a complaint of excessive force by officers was being looked at.

Student arrest

The force said two officers had also been injured during the confrontation.

Miss Emblem said: "He didn't give me a warning or anything, he just struck me twice.

"Me and my friend said to each other, 'we don't want to get in trouble with the police'.

"Considering I came in that mind-frame, it's really scary that then they treated me like that."

Police said about 30 people had taken part in the protest in the city centre, with some attempting to enter a branch of LloydsTSB.

A student, 18, was also arrested and charged with possessing an offensive weapon. He has been released on bail.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites