Press Statement regarding Conduct of PSNI Officer – Limavady 27/02/2020

We can confirm that the firm is now assisting the family of the 3rd year school boy who was detained by a police officer at a shop in Limavady on 27th February 2020 following an incident regarding the throwing of a snowball when children were making their way to school.

Ciarán Shiels of Madden & Finucane Solicitors said:

“A detailed complaint is now in the process of being progressed via the Police Ombudsman’s office.

“Issues of very serious concern have been identified about the conduct of police in this matter.

“Only a part of the footage of this incident has been widely circulated on social media. The existence of additional footage subsequently has emerged since Saturday.

“We understand that footage is also being made available to the Ombudsman.

“A formal meeting is now to take place with Ombudsman investigators tomorrow.

“I can further confirm that the child was taken to Altnagelvin hospital and treated for physical injuries after his school contacted his parents. The school authorities themselves initiated a complaint to the PSNI after he presented for class.”

Please see BBC News article regarding the incident:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-51719724