October 8, 2019
A 32 year old man sustained injuries in the incident and was admitted to hospital. (Colombo Gazette) A shooting incident took place along Cotta Road in Borella this evening during which one person sustained injuries.The Police said that the gunmen had arrived on a motorcycle and carried out the shooting near the railway crossing.
September 25, 2019
More than 5,000 children have been strip-searched by police in two years, figures revealed, as South Wales Police paid compensation to an innocent 12-year-old who was searched without escort.According to figures released by 13 police forces in England and Wales, requested by the BBC’s 5 live investigates, the searches were carried out in London by the UK’s largest force, the Metropolitan Police.The searches – which are normally carried out to detect drugs or concealed weapons – totalled 113,000.Only 13 out of 45 police forces responded with information and these included Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, City of London, Cambridgeshire, North Wales, Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Cumbria, Essex, Cleveland, Hertfordshire and Lancashire.’Horrible and demeaning’Not all searches were carried out without controversy, and in the case of Georgia Wood, who was 12 when she was strip-searched, she felt the experience was “horrible and demeaning”.She was taken into police custody in South Wales eight years ago by officials who suspected her mother of possessing drugs.She told BBC Radio: “They didn’t explain to me until we got to the police station. And they literally just said ‘this is what’s going to happen and we’re going to do it’.”For someone to just be so horrible and demeaning, I just thought ‘well, if I’m meant to respect my elders, aren’t my elders meant to respect me’?”She added: “And I really didn’t feel respected in that situation.”No drugs were found on Georgia, who is now 20 years old, or her mother Karen Archer.Ms Archer was never charged with an offence.Police in South Wales recognised they had carried out a strip-search by mistake and without an appropriate adult present.Two officers received management action and both mother and daughter have since been awarded compensation for their ordeal.’Very troubling’Yvette Cooper, Labour MP and chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, described the figures as “very troubling”.She added: “I think this is quite concerning because we know so little about why so many strip-searches are taking place.”It’s really distressing for people and I think the thing about a strip-search is, it is so intrusive, especially if you’re talking about children or teenagers.”That’s why this should never be done lightly and the police need to understand the impact this can have on individuals and why it has to be justified.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.