Worried: Ayers (right) with daughter Pasha Ayres-Solomon
FAMILY MEMBERS of a bullied schoolgirl have criticised the Met police for claiming officers acted ‘appropriately’ when they handcuffed a 12-year-old girl during a raid at her home.
They told The Voice they are worried police actions have set back efforts to help Pasha Ayres Solomon regain confidence after she was bullied at school.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate,” said James Martin, Pasha’s cousin. “All they had to do was knock on the door. There was no force necessary. She was suffering quite badly after bullying at school and after all that hard work, now the symptoms are coming back.”
Pasha made a panicked call to her mother, Tina Ayres on April 30 when she heard sounds at the door of her Tottenham, north London home.
Ayres, a care assistant, was on her way to work when she got the call.
Pasha thought someone was breaking in when her front door was smashed and people rushed in. She only later realised they were officers when she saw the uniforms.
In a statement, the Met police confirmed officers from a neighbourhood policing team handcuffed Pasha briefly.
Detective superintendent Stephen Clayman of Haringey Borough said: ‘We are sorry if any distress was caused by the incident. However having looked further into this matter I am satisfied that the officers acted entirely appropriately given the circumstances. The officers were responding to information from the community, having obtained a search warrant at a Magistrates Court. They were also sufficiently concerned for the welfare of the young girl that they stayed with her until her mother could be contacted and returned home.”
But Ayres, who has since sent a complaint to the police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). She told The Voice Pasha is now scared to be alone.
“There was no reason to come in there like that,” she said. “I want questions answered. Something is not quite right.”