Protest in Colindale after 14-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of cannabis

Kerrigan has been charged with 13 counts of robbery, four of fraud and one of racially aggravated pu

Kerrigan has been charged with 13 counts of robbery, four of fraud and one of racially aggravated public order offences. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Metropolitan Police

The arrest of a 14-year-old boy sparked a protest outside Colindale Police Station.

Approximately 30 to 40 people followed officers to the station in Grahame Park Way on Friday after a boy was arrested on suspicion of cannabis in The Concourse.

Officers on patrol carried a section 23 stop and search at about 2.40pm.

Police said a group began to gather around officers “and obstructed the police vehicle from leaving the scene”.

Another two men, aged 23 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of obstruction of a constable.

The police van left and was followed back to the station where protestors surrounded the building until a Section 35 dispersal order was authorised.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

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A number of officers received minor injuries but did not require treatment, Scotland Yard said.

Three people have been released under investigation while a fourth remains in police custody.

Officers carrying out a search of The Concourse found thirteen bags containing cannabis.

Borough commander Chf Spt Roy Smith, said: “Whilst I understand that people may feel strongly about some police activity and arrests, interfering or obstructing officers at the scene only serves to inflame an already tense situation.

“Instead, I would ask people to use one of our many mechanisms for engaging and listening when the situation is calmer.

“This enables both sides to review things with a cool and steady head and in possession of the full range of facts.

“Even when well-intentioned interfering, or obstructing officers carrying out their lawful duties, can cause far more problems than it solves. I am committed to listening, learning and improving but my officers must also have the ability to carry out their duties safely and without fear or favour.

“I am also aware of a number of rumours circulating on social media that specifically relate to injuries sustained by those arrested and the nature of this arrest.

“I want to clarify that no-one who was arrested required medical treatment. Likewise, this arrest was not as a result of a raid or anything of that nature, this was part of a routine patrol in the area.”