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1. 11-year old girl had to be handcuffed during her arrest at school.
A young girl, aged just 11, who was wanted by the Northern Territory police after she was suspected of a number of property offences in Tennant Creek, has been arrested and handcuffed at school last week.
The 11-year old was restrained, police said, as a last option.
NT Police said in a statement about the arrest “The location and time of her arrest was deliberately chosen to minimise potential embarrassment for the child,”
Police said they “explained the arrest process” to the girl in the presence of her aunt.
“The officers then spoke to the child, explaining what was happening, and sought her cooperation,” police said.
They said the girl “grew increasingly uncooperative, argumentative and aggressive during their attempt to take her into custody, at which point she was restrained accordingly”.
“This was done in accordance with NT Police normal operational procedures. Children are only ever restrained as a last option, and only ever to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.”
The girl then sparked a hunt after she ran away after her arrest for four days. She has now been located again.
Members of the school community have complained about the arrest after children in other classrooms saw the girl handcuffed at the front being escorted to a paddy wagon.
The child’s great-grandmother, who looked after the girl since she was a baby told the NT News the arrest was “appalling.”