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Cops rapped for strip searching 15-year-old boy.

Byline: GARY PORTER Daily Post Reporter gary.porter@trinitymirror.com

TWO North Wales Police officers have been disciplined for carrying out a strip search on a teenager without an appropriate adult present.

The boy, aged 15 at the time, was detained and searched in Llandudno under the Misuse of Drugs Act. He was one of four youths who were strip searched at the town's police station - all four were eventually released without any further action.

Last year the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation after it had earlier upheld two appeals from the teenage boy's father, who had complained to North Wales Police about his son's treatment.

An IPCC investigator ruled two police constables had a case to answer for misconduct.

Evidence gathered found that - contrary to official practice - no appropriate adult was notified or present when the strip search took place in May 2012.

The IPCC added the strip search did take place in a private area of the station and was conducted quickly by officers.

A meeting has since been held by North Wales Police who found misconduct against the two officers for failing to ensure an appropriate adult was present.

As they had already received management action from the force, the officers did not face any further action.

The IPCC says North Wales Police had advised them prior to any misconduct meeting taking place that they had put in place a number of measures around "stop and search" - including intimate searches in custody - to ensure they are carried out in a lawful and proportionate manner.

Action taken includes further training for officers and setting up a scrutiny board.

IPCC Commissioner for Wales Jan Williams said: "Our independent investigators obtained statements from witnesses, analysed CCTV and radio transmissions, served notices and interviewed the officers under misconduct caution.

"North Wales Police has advised the IPCC that, since the time of the incident, the force has heightened its focus around stop and search and has appointed a senior officer, at superintendent level, to oversee this area."

Superintendent Nigel Harrison, who leads for stop and search, added: "North Wales Police acknowledge the report's findings. Stop and search is a vital operational policing tool.

"In order to show transparency we now have robust management and scrutiny procedures in place to enable the public to have confidence in its lawful, fair and proportionate use."

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