Sunday, August 14, 2011

Zero tolerance: The moment armed officer holds a gun over the head of a 15-year-old boy on Manchester high street - 14th Aug 2011

Terrified shoppers watched as an armed officer held a gun over the head of a 15-year-old boy in a Manchester high street.

This dramatic picture shows the officer standing over the boy with the semi-automatic rifle outside a Greggs bakery in Wythenshawe which was the scene of riots just four days earlier.

At least a dozen police officers swarmed the area and searched a group of boys aged between 11 and 15 after someone reported seeing two young men pass a weapon between them.

Three armed officers were among the group with one of the men making a boy lie on the ground while holding the rifle over his head.

Each of the boys had their names and addresses taken and police tore open one of their rucksacks which appeared to contain boxes of smarties and food from Greggs.

One of the boys was arrested and led away while the others were let free.

'Tensions have been high since we had the trouble with the rioters. As soon as armed police arrived we though another riot was going to break out but the police managed to keep it under control,' one witness told The People.

'We have heard a lot about police getting tough in the wake of the riots and this lot were zero tolerance, simple as that,' he said. Read More