"My son was dragged away in handcuffs and then told he was the wrong boy"

Gazette: "My son was dragged away in handcuffs and then told he was the wrong boy" "My son was dragged away in handcuffs and then told he was the wrong boy"

A 16-year-old boy was dragged out of his home in handcuffs and held in cells for almost an hour after being wrongfully arrested.

Nathan Gates was getting ready for school at his home in Forest Road, Greenstead, when seven officers reportedly arrived in a police van at 8am on Tuesday.*

He was arrested on suspicion of assault and taken to Colchester Police Station while still in his school uniform.

His dad Christian claimed an officer had looked into the cell and simply said, ‘we’ve got the wrong boy.’ The dad-of-six said: “It was terrible, my boy was crying, that done me in.

“I can’t believe the way they treated a young 16-year-old boy, it is downright disgusting."

See today's Gazette for the full story. 

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4:07pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Jess Jephcott says...

That happened to me years ago. The cops thought I was their man but got it wrong. Quite a shock to a 16 yeaqr old, away from home and surrounded by thug like cops asking questions about stuff you have no idea about. I was pleased to get home that day. As to an apology, there wasn't one as I suppose they thought I would be back again soon.
That happened to me years ago. The cops thought I was their man but got it wrong. Quite a shock to a 16 yeaqr old, away from home and surrounded by thug like cops asking questions about stuff you have no idea about. I was pleased to get home that day. As to an apology, there wasn't one as I suppose they thought I would be back again soon. Jess Jephcott

4:31pm Wed 5 Feb 14

co2 says...

should be entitled to around £2000 compensation,get legal advice.
should be entitled to around £2000 compensation,get legal advice. co2

4:38pm Wed 5 Feb 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

Erm....your son was a suspect...for what ever reason...but they admitted error...and released him.....whats the big deal ??..... " Forest rd / greenstead ?? ".( I lived there aged 13 - 17 ).say no more....know the area....but have to expect these things ! Would you rather they DO get the right boy and let Him go ?...Crime unsolved !! ... And if YOUR boy had been attacked......i think youd be very happy that the police were doing the right thing....even if only to rule out suspects right or wrong ?? He came home ?? Done his homework ?? Ate ma's dinner ?? Went back to school ?? End of !! Stop winging !!
Erm....your son was a suspect...for what ever reason...but they admitted error...and released him.....whats the big deal ??..... " Forest rd / greenstead ?? ".( I lived there aged 13 - 17 ).say no more....know the area....but have to expect these things ! Would you rather they DO get the right boy and let Him go ?...Crime unsolved !! ... And if YOUR boy had been attacked......i think youd be very happy that the police were doing the right thing....even if only to rule out suspects right or wrong ?? He came home ?? Done his homework ?? Ate ma's dinner ?? Went back to school ?? End of !! Stop winging !! SOMETHING2SAY

4:38pm Wed 5 Feb 14

SalmonHead says...

Oh no.. Not the cells! for a whole hour!
Oh no.. Not the cells! for a whole hour! SalmonHead

4:39pm Wed 5 Feb 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

co2 wrote:
should be entitled to around £2000 compensation,get legal advice.
GROW UP !!!
[quote][p][bold]co2[/bold] wrote: should be entitled to around £2000 compensation,get legal advice.[/p][/quote]GROW UP !!! SOMETHING2SAY

5:23pm Wed 5 Feb 14

co2 says...

SOMETHING2SAY wrote:
co2 wrote: should be entitled to around £2000 compensation,get legal advice.
GROW UP !!!
This 16 year old got £28500 damages fror wrongfull arrest,i support the police but were 7 officers required for 1 16 year old ? http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-lon
don-17366756
[quote][p][bold]SOMETHING2SAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]co2[/bold] wrote: should be entitled to around £2000 compensation,get legal advice.[/p][/quote]GROW UP !!![/p][/quote]This 16 year old got £28500 damages fror wrongfull arrest,i support the police but were 7 officers required for 1 16 year old ? http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lon don-17366756 co2

10:23pm Wed 5 Feb 14

rhetoric says...

I think it must have been a horrible experience, and for that hour or so the boy could not be sure that the misdemeanour would not be pinned on him, when in fact he had done nothing.

Still, I don't think anyone would want to see him get "damages" for the incident. It would be better if the Police formally apologised to the boy and his family and explained why they had made the error.

Even a slight move towards making the boy feel easier about the Police might be a very good one, improving relations between Police and Public in general.
I think it must have been a horrible experience, and for that hour or so the boy could not be sure that the misdemeanour would not be pinned on him, when in fact he had done nothing. Still, I don't think anyone would want to see him get "damages" for the incident. It would be better if the Police formally apologised to the boy and his family and explained why they had made the error. Even a slight move towards making the boy feel easier about the Police might be a very good one, improving relations between Police and Public in general. rhetoric

8:18am Thu 6 Feb 14

martin emmerson says...

i hope the family sue the backside off the police. too much of this jump in tactics these days. Police today have lost all the old skills, they are all too keen to claw up the greasy pole,hoping for a promotion. Back stabbing fools almost all of them, a good fair copper is a rare thing these days.
i hope the family sue the backside off the police. too much of this jump in tactics these days. Police today have lost all the old skills, they are all too keen to claw up the greasy pole,hoping for a promotion. Back stabbing fools almost all of them, a good fair copper is a rare thing these days. martin emmerson

8:47am Thu 6 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

What happened to this lad is clearly wrong. Someone didn't do their job properly and the Police should account for their actions. An IPC enquiry is needed but most are a cover up and the ones responsible won't even be disciplined.

We hear the police are facing more cut backs, it's not surprising and clearly needed if Seven officers are sent to bring in one 16 year old boy, that's criminal in itself!

But, yes he should have the right to claim for compensation for wrongful arrest and the trauma caused to him, after all the police always look after their own and are the first to make a claim if anything happens to them whilst on duty.
What happened to this lad is clearly wrong. Someone didn't do their job properly and the Police should account for their actions. An IPC enquiry is needed but most are a cover up and the ones responsible won't even be disciplined. We hear the police are facing more cut backs, it's not surprising and clearly needed if Seven officers are sent to bring in one 16 year old boy, that's criminal in itself! But, yes he should have the right to claim for compensation for wrongful arrest and the trauma caused to him, after all the police always look after their own and are the first to make a claim if anything happens to them whilst on duty. Say It As It Is OK?

9:28am Thu 6 Feb 14

martin emmerson says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
What happened to this lad is clearly wrong. Someone didn't do their job properly and the Police should account for their actions. An IPC enquiry is needed but most are a cover up and the ones responsible won't even be disciplined.

We hear the police are facing more cut backs, it's not surprising and clearly needed if Seven officers are sent to bring in one 16 year old boy, that's criminal in itself!

But, yes he should have the right to claim for compensation for wrongful arrest and the trauma caused to him, after all the police always look after their own and are the first to make a claim if anything happens to them whilst on duty.
well said, im sure this latest farse will be swept under the carpet yet again. Heads should roll.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: What happened to this lad is clearly wrong. Someone didn't do their job properly and the Police should account for their actions. An IPC enquiry is needed but most are a cover up and the ones responsible won't even be disciplined. We hear the police are facing more cut backs, it's not surprising and clearly needed if Seven officers are sent to bring in one 16 year old boy, that's criminal in itself! But, yes he should have the right to claim for compensation for wrongful arrest and the trauma caused to him, after all the police always look after their own and are the first to make a claim if anything happens to them whilst on duty.[/p][/quote]well said, im sure this latest farse will be swept under the carpet yet again. Heads should roll. martin emmerson

12:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

catflap1 says...

martin emmerson wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
What happened to this lad is clearly wrong. Someone didn't do their job properly and the Police should account for their actions. An IPC enquiry is needed but most are a cover up and the ones responsible won't even be disciplined.

We hear the police are facing more cut backs, it's not surprising and clearly needed if Seven officers are sent to bring in one 16 year old boy, that's criminal in itself!

But, yes he should have the right to claim for compensation for wrongful arrest and the trauma caused to him, after all the police always look after their own and are the first to make a claim if anything happens to them whilst on duty.
well said, im sure this latest farse will be swept under the carpet yet again. Heads should roll.
and if the 16 year old had a knife of a gun ?? would It have needed 7 then
[quote][p][bold]martin emmerson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: What happened to this lad is clearly wrong. Someone didn't do their job properly and the Police should account for their actions. An IPC enquiry is needed but most are a cover up and the ones responsible won't even be disciplined. We hear the police are facing more cut backs, it's not surprising and clearly needed if Seven officers are sent to bring in one 16 year old boy, that's criminal in itself! But, yes he should have the right to claim for compensation for wrongful arrest and the trauma caused to him, after all the police always look after their own and are the first to make a claim if anything happens to them whilst on duty.[/p][/quote]well said, im sure this latest farse will be swept under the carpet yet again. Heads should roll.[/p][/quote]and if the 16 year old had a knife of a gun ?? would It have needed 7 then catflap1

12:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

catflap1 says...

martin emmerson wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
What happened to this lad is clearly wrong. Someone didn't do their job properly and the Police should account for their actions. An IPC enquiry is needed but most are a cover up and the ones responsible won't even be disciplined.

We hear the police are facing more cut backs, it's not surprising and clearly needed if Seven officers are sent to bring in one 16 year old boy, that's criminal in itself!

But, yes he should have the right to claim for compensation for wrongful arrest and the trauma caused to him, after all the police always look after their own and are the first to make a claim if anything happens to them whilst on duty.
well said, im sure this latest farse will be swept under the carpet yet again. Heads should roll.
and if the 16 year old had a knife of a gun ?? would It have needed 7 then
[quote][p][bold]martin emmerson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: What happened to this lad is clearly wrong. Someone didn't do their job properly and the Police should account for their actions. An IPC enquiry is needed but most are a cover up and the ones responsible won't even be disciplined. We hear the police are facing more cut backs, it's not surprising and clearly needed if Seven officers are sent to bring in one 16 year old boy, that's criminal in itself! But, yes he should have the right to claim for compensation for wrongful arrest and the trauma caused to him, after all the police always look after their own and are the first to make a claim if anything happens to them whilst on duty.[/p][/quote]well said, im sure this latest farse will be swept under the carpet yet again. Heads should roll.[/p][/quote]and if the 16 year old had a knife of a gun ?? would It have needed 7 then catflap1

11:16pm Thu 6 Feb 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

1. wrongful arrest

2. false imprisonment

3. misuse of public service office

4. restriction of liberty

5. defamation of good character.

6. harassment alarm and distress a by law offence

I make that about £5,000

I suggest a good lawyer in the town
try TSP or John Fowler
1. wrongful arrest 2. false imprisonment 3. misuse of public service office 4. restriction of liberty 5. defamation of good character. 6. harassment alarm and distress a by law offence I make that about £5,000 I suggest a good lawyer in the town try TSP or John Fowler A Very Private Gentleman

10:15am Fri 7 Feb 14

Misty4 says...

A male relative of mine was subjected to a police raid when he lived in London some years ago - he and his wife were asleep when the front door was smashed in at dawn and a posse of cops came charging up the stairs. It soon became apparent that they wanted the bloke next door. Big oops, but please don't underestimate how traumatic a false arrest can be.
A male relative of mine was subjected to a police raid when he lived in London some years ago - he and his wife were asleep when the front door was smashed in at dawn and a posse of cops came charging up the stairs. It soon became apparent that they wanted the bloke next door. Big oops, but please don't underestimate how traumatic a false arrest can be. Misty4

12:16pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Checkout says...

The police made a mistake because they are human and mistakes are therefore inevitable. The Essex Police and Crime Commissioner should apologise to the boy and his family on behalf of the police service and explain exactly what went wrong. It might help to justify his quango.
The police made a mistake because they are human and mistakes are therefore inevitable. The Essex Police and Crime Commissioner should apologise to the boy and his family on behalf of the police service and explain exactly what went wrong. It might help to justify his quango. Checkout

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