Liverpool boy's police assault claim probed by IPCC

The police watchdog is investigating allegations that the Merseyside force used excessive force while arresting a 14-year-old boy.

The boy has alleged he was pinned down by two police officers, causing injuries to his liver and spleen.

He was arrested on 15 December on suspicion of possessing a stolen moped on Queens Drive in Liverpool.

Merseyside Police has referred the boy's case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPCC said it was understood the boy had scaled a high wall while trying to evade police officers.

He was spotted in the back garden of a house and allegedly slipped and fell while trying to evade the officers again.

While in custody the boy alleged that the officers had used force on him during his arrest and complained of injuries to his side.

He was released without charge.

The day after his release he went to Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, where he was found to have injuries to his liver and spleen.

IPCC Commissioner Naseem Malik said: "It is alleged the boy sustained his injuries at some point during his arrest and it is therefore important for us to independently investigate to try to establish what happened and whether there is any substance to the allegation."

Related Internet links

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