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Context provided after video shared on social media ‘appeared’ to show officers assault teen

Police have sought to provide context to a video circulating on social media which appeared to show a teenage boy being ‘assaulted by officers’ before the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

The video, which was sent to the Lancashire Telegraph, conveyed only part of a wider incident, with the clip filmed showing a 16-year-old boy being restrained by several officers in a struggle which ended up with officers and the boy on the floor.

Rumour circulated on social media as the video was shared on several platforms, stating that the boy had been ‘attacked by the police while he was walking down the street’.

However, police have since confirmed exactly what happened and have provided details of the events that led to his arrest.

Lancashire Telegraph:

A spokesperson for the police said: “At around 7.50pm on Sunday, an officer on patrol in Preston City Centre has challenged a group of children suspected of being in possession of alcohol at a bus stop on Lancaster Road.

“Whilst attempting to confiscate the alcohol, the female officer has been grabbed and dragged from behind by a boy from the group.

“She attempted to arrest him and a second officer stepped in to assist, but was kicked by the boy, causing them both to fall to the floor.

“The boy grabbed the officer by the neck and ended up on top of him.”

In order to prevent further harm to the officer and the boy being arrested, other police officers on duty nearby intervened in an attempt to restrain him, so he could safely be arrested.

A 16-year-old boy from Preston was detained on suspicion of two counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

The officers suffered minor injuries.

The spokesperson added: “We appreciate that there is a video circulating on social media which only shows part of the incident.

“As if often the case, such clips without wider explanation or context can give a false impression of what happened.”

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