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Girl, 18, left on crutches after ‘police officer threw her on the ground’ on Oxford Street

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An 18-year-old girl has said she was “thrown to the ground” by a police officer, and had to be taken to hospital with a sprained ankle.

Tia Weathers-Henry, 18, claims she was thrown two metres along the road by an officer on September 18.

Police had been called to the scene after witnesses reported seeing a man with a firearm.

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Crowds formed outside the shop, with reports emerging of a scuffle outside.

Tia says she and some friends stepped in as they believed the fight was escalating.

Tia was left with a sprained ankle after the alleged incident and had to use crutches

She told MyLondon: “I was explaining to the officer what was happening to diffuse the situation, and one of his colleagues must have shouted ‘Order’, or something along those lines.

“I then get picked up by someone who’s around 6’5″, the same officer that I was talking to prior, and I was flung. Two metres away from the situation.

“I ended up going to hospital and having a sprained ankle, and I have two cuts on my leg.

“I ended up damaging my hip, but not breaking it, but having bruises on my hip.”

Her mum Sabrina Weathers said of the “horrific” ordeal: “The police went through my daughter like she was a piece of rubbish.”

Tia Weathers-Henry

Tia was left ‘traumatised’ by the incident

“I’m very disappointed with the Met,” Sabrina added.

Tia continued: “Because of the trauma that has come to me, I literally have not been speaking about this situation since.

“But because of the news that we saw posted online, and the social media accounts, all of us were very upset.”

She added: “We saw there was an altercation at the shop, and we went there to diffuse the situation, because we saw that kids were being pushed and shoved outside the shop.

“As people who are older, we defended the kids, and we were like, this is wrong.”

Specialist firearms officers had been called to the scene in Oxford Street following reports of a man with a gun. Police say the suspect with a gun was not found.

When approached for comment by MyLondon, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at 21:30hrs on Saturday, 18 September following reports of a man with a firearm on Oxford Street.

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“Specialist firearms officers deployed immediately and conducted an extensive area search. No suspect(s) were located.

“Whilst officers were on scene, a crowd gathered resulting in a large disturbance during which a member of shop staff sustained a stab wound to the arm. His injury was not life threatening.

“Officers arrested a number of people on suspicion of affray. Enquiries continue.

“A complaint has been received and is currently being investigated by the relevant Professional Standards Unit.”

MyLondon made contact with members of staff at the shop, who did not wish to comment.

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