Tottenham girl, 12, handcuffed and ‘hysterical’ after police raid
07:00 03 May 2012
A 12-year-old schoolgirl was left “hysterical” after police smashed into her home and handcuffed her in an early-morning raid this week.
Pasha Ayres-Solomon was getting ready for school when officers burst into her bedroom at 6.50am on Monday, ordered her to put her hands on her head and handcuffed her.
It is understood officers obtained a warrant to search the top-floor flat in Ashdown Court, Lansdowne Road, Tottenham, after receiving tip-offs that drugs were being used in the property.
Describing the impact on her “nervous” daughter, a pupil at Hornsey School for Girls, Tina Ayres said: “I think she is going to have a problem staying at home on her own now. It’s taken us a long time to build up her confidence and this is going to have destroyed it again.”
Ms Ayres, 45, said she received a “hysterical” call from her daughter as she made her way to Crouch End, where she works as a carer in a centre for the elderly, adding: “All I could understand was ‘Mum! Mum! Someone is trying to get in!’”
Officers had smashed into their flat, leaving the door lock still attached to the frame, before storming into Pasha’s bedroom and turning her mother’s room upside down searching for drugs.
No arrests were made following the raid and officers found just a small tool used to grind cannabis in Ms Ayres’ bedroom.
The mother-of-two explained: “The police said they had anonymous intelligence that this address was being used for drug use. “They said, ‘We’ve found the grinder,’ and I just put up my hands and said, ‘I smoke now and again.’”
She has contacted the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over the incident. A Haringey Police spokeswoman admitted Pasha was “briefly handcuffed until officers had established the circumstances.”
Det Supt Stephen Clayman, of Haringey Police, apologised for “any distress” caused but insisted the officers were “responding to information from the community” and had “acted entirely appropriately”.
To obtain a raid warrant, police must provide evidence of criminal activity taking place on a property to a magistrate, who will then decide whether to issue the warrant based on the evidence.