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Bin boy given 4,000 compensation
Mobile phone footage
The boy suffered extensive bruising
A teenager who was dumped into a rubbish bin by a police officer has received 4,000 in compensation.

Anop Singh, from Stamford Hill, north London, was briefly placed in a bin in Hackney, east London, after an argument with the officer in October 2005.

"I didn't like it," Anop, who is 16, told BBC London. "Now he has suffered the consequences hasn't he?"

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said an out-of-court settlement was made and two officers received written warnings.

'Told to move'

Anop met the policeman as he was near Clissold Park in Hackney, where there were reports of youths throwing conkers.

"I am waiting at the bus stop and I am told if I do not move he's going to put me in the bin," Anop said.

I did not ask for it, they offered it to me
Anop Singh

"He did not tell me 'move away please,' just 'move away'. I am not a dog, I am not going to move away."

The plain-clothes policeman, who was accompanied by another officer, then placed the teenager feet-first in the litter bin for less than a second.

Anop's friend Pierre Cornwall, 17, filmed the incident on his mobile phone and his father Gurdev Singh made a formal complaint.

"I would have preferred it if the policeman had taken my son to a police station and put him in a cell, then phoned me up and I would have dealt with it," Mr Singh said.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiry reported that the officers claimed the incident was "all in good humour" but the teenager said he had been "upset and humiliated".

The incident was not malicious but it was clearly foolish behaviour
IPCC commissioner Deborah Glass

A police spokesman said: "We can confirm that the Metropolitan Police Service received a complaint in relation to this incident in July 2006.

"In March 2007 an out-of-court settlement was accepted by the claimant, and was paid out later that month."

"I did not ask for it, they offered it to me," Anop said on Friday. "If there's nothing else that's going to happen, then I am going to accept it aren't I?"

The Crown Prosecution Service ruled there was no realistic prospect of convicting the officers involved.

Deborah Glass, IPCC commissioner for London and the South East, said: "I accept that the incident was not malicious but it was clearly foolish behaviour."


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