Birmingham & Black Country

Probe over teenager's arrest in Walsall street

A complaint that excessive force was used while a boy was arrested is being investigated by the police watchdog.

The 16-year-old sustained an ear injury during the arrest on 5 April in the Walsall area of the West Midlands, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

It added police transported him to hospital where he required stitches.

The boy was served with a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly, the IPCC said.

Two officers arrested the boy at about 22:30 BST in Hamilton Street, during which the boy was restrained.

The arrest followed police being called to complaints about a noisy house party in Penderel Street.

It said the boy's mother later complained to both West Midlands Police and the IPCC about her son's alleged treatment by officers and the watchdog has decided to conduct an independent investigation.

The investigation was examining whether police had reasonable grounds for the arrest, whether any force used was proportionate and whether it was appropriate for the boy to have signed the fixed penalty notice in the circumstances, it added.

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