IPCC to investigate Southend stop and search

Beach Road, Southend Image copyright Google
Image caption IPCC investigators hope witnesses to the alleged incident will come forward

An investigation is underway after a 16-year-old boy in Essex claimed he was strip-searched by police.

The teenager was stopped in Beach Road, Southend-on-Sea, at about 15:00 BST on 17 August.

He claimed he was then strip-searched in an unmarked police van in a nearby car park.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the incident, after the boy complained to Essex Police.

The force said it would not make a comment on the investigation at this stage.

IPCC commissioner Mary Cunneen said: "Our investigation is examining the contact between the police and the boy, including the officers' use of force during the search and the allegation that no appropriate adult was present during the strip-search."

IPCC investigators said they wanted to speak to anyone who saw the teenager being stopped.

The teenager is African-Caribbean, 5'10" tall with short black hair and was wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt and a dark-coloured jumper.

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