North West Wales

IPCC to question North Wales Police officers over boy's strip search

North Wales Police HQ
Image caption The IPCC said the officers had been served with misconduct notices

Two North Wales Police officers are to be questioned as part of an inquiry into complaints about the strip search of a 15-year-old boy.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the officers had been served with misconduct notices and would be questioned in the near future.

The boy, along with four other youths, was searched by police in Llandudno in May 2012 under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

All four were eventually released without any further action.

The IPCC said the investigation was examining the use of police powers during the stopping and subsequent detention of the boy, the procedure followed during the strip search and whether it complied with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.


Complaints are also being investigated that the boy's father was not given the opportunity to be present during the strip search, and that no appropriate adult was present.

The boy's father complained to North Wales Police about his son's treatment in July 2012.

He subsequently appealed to the IPCC which directed the force to re-investigate the complaints.

In October 2013, the boy's father appealed again against the findings of the North Wales Police re-investigation.

In February 2014, the IPCC upheld the appeal for a second time and decided to investigate the complaints and review the two investigations by the force.

The IPCC said the review of the two investigations would be considered as part of its regular oversight work with the North Wales Police professional standards department.

Serving a misconduct notice advises a police officer that their conduct is under investigation but the notices are not judgemental in any way.

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