Hampshire Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department are currently looking into the incident, which occurred at Newport Bus Station shortly after 16:00 on Friday (8th June). Police were investigating reports of a missing 14-year-old girl.
An onlooker has captured on camera the moment a young male was restrained at the bus station by an on-duty Police officer. A complaint has since been made about the ‘use of force’ that was apparently used on the boy.
It has been confirmed that a 16-year-old male was detained on suspicion of a public order offence at Newport Bus Station on Friday. He has since been released but has been invited for a voluntary interview at Newport Police Station.
A teenage girl was placed in the back of the Police van, as seen in the video.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:
“In relation to a video subsequently posted online, we can confirm that we have received a complaint about the use of force.
“The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated by officers from the constabulary’s Professional Standards Department.
“It would not be appropriate to provide further detail until the facts have been established and the outcome of the investigation known”
The video was tweeted to Island Echo and to the general populous by Louis Moreno on Saturday night and has prompted many comments about the behaviour of youths in and around Newport Bus Station and the Lord Louis Library.
The spokesperson has gone on to say:
“We are working with partner agencies to address recent complaints about anti-social behaviour in the area around Newport Bus Station. A number of powers are available to us including dispersal orders which have previously been used.”