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Girl, 14, traumatized and suicidal after strip search by Met Police, mother claims

An inquiry has been launched into claims by a mother that her 14-year-old autistic daughter was strip-searched by Metropolitan Police officers

The teenager was traumatized and attempted suicide after being strip searched by Met Police
The teenager was traumatized and attempted suicide after being strip searched by Met Police

A 14-year-old girl was left traumatized and suicidal after being searched by Met Police, according to her mother.

The girl’s mother claims her 14-year-old autistic daughter was strip-searched by Metropolitan Police officers.

An investigation has been launched after police confirmed the mother had lodged a complaint after she said the teenager was traumatized and had tried to kill herself.

The multiracial girl, who the channel dubbed “Olivia,” was said to be out with friends when they got into a fight.

The two boys called the police, claiming the group tried to rob them with the knife.

The report comes after backlash over revelations that a 15-year-old girl known as Child Q was strip-searched by female Metropolitan Police officers in 2020, knowing she was menstruating – after being falsely suspected of using cannabis to have carried himself East London school.







The girl’s mother, Lisa, said the experience was having a devastating impact on her daughter’s mental health.
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Olivia’s mother, dubbed “Lisa” by the BBC, told BBC Radio 4’s File On 4 program that officers searched Olivia and her friends at the scene and the group were arrested in December 2020.

Lisa said she told officers over the phone that her daughter had autism and learning disabilities and had self-injured.

Olivia was held in custody for more than 20 hours before she was in possession of a sharpened stick which her mother said was used for self-harm.

The discovery, Lisa said, prompted six officers to forcibly strip Olivia and conduct an intimate search in the presence of male police officers.

The youth was then handcuffed and subjected to a strip search, Lisa said.







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The mum said: “Olivia was actually on her period at the time too. And they cut off their underwear in front of these adult male officers.”

“She was absolutely desperate.”

Lisa told the broadcaster the experience was having a devastating impact on her daughter’s mental health.

She added: “She spent a lot of time in her room and continued to secretly self-harm.

“And then, a few weeks later, she attempted suicide.”

The BBC reported that Olivia later appeared in court on charges of possession of a bladed weapon and was found not guilty.

Her family is filing a civil suit against the Met and is being represented by attorney Gail Hadfield Granger, who has been contacted for comment.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We have received a complaint from the girl’s mother which is currently being investigated.

“We have also received notification of a possible civil lawsuit and as such are unable to comment further at this time.”

Assistant Deputy Commissioner Laurence Taylor told File On 4 that strip searches help protect children during detention.

He said: “[The]worst-case scenario is that we stop strip-searching completely and a young child dies in custody because of possession of a knife or drugs used to harm himself.”

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