Armed police stop and search girls aged nine and 15

Police armed & dangerousoriginally by: Birmingham Mail
published: 26th August 2011

Two young sisters aged nine and 15 were stopped by armed police hunting robbery suspects as the girls walked to a nearby school to collect exam results. 

The girls’ outraged mother today demanded an apology and accused the officers of ignoring tensions in the area following the recent disturbances.

The sisters were stopped and searched by police in Church Road, Aston, yesterday as they travelled to the elder girl’s school to collect her A* GCSE qualifications.

Livid mum Sandra Golding said she was furious at the two armed police officers, who apprehended tearful daughters Kenyetta and Aisha in the street after they had been shopping. “This is the sort of thing which starts riots,” said Ms Golding, an experienced community worker in the area.

“My eldest daughter was told her description matched that of someone they were hunting for an armed robbery but the police action does seem to be excessive.

“I want Chris Simms, the chief constable, to come to my home and explain to two terrified young girls why they were stopped and subjected to a horrific ordeal at the hands of armed police officers.”

Anti-gang campaigner Lorraine Briscow, who advises the government on knife crime, said: “This is what damages the police reputation among the community of inner-city Birmingham,” she said.

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