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Police investigated after teen injured while being detained

BRUTALITY: Terrell's mother described her son's face as being 'shattered'.

POLICE OFFICERS are being investigated after a 15-year-old boy sustained serious injuries while being detained in south London.

Terrell Decosta Jones-Burton is in a stable condition in hospital, and his mother has called for justice as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) appeals for witnesses.

Officers detained him as he rode through Bermondsey on Tuesday evening, following reports of a robbery. Startling CCTV footage reportedly reveals one pursuing officer “tackle” Terrell from his bicycle, before the teenager’s head smashes into the doorway of a chicken shop.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said officers were called to nearby Albion Street, Rotherhithe, shortly after 9pm:

“The female victim informed officers that her mobile phone had been stolen by a male youth who had then fled on a bicycle. A short while later officers detained a 15-year-old male youth on a bicycle in Southwark Park Road.

“While being detained, the male came off his bicycle and was taken by the London Ambulance Service to a south London hospital where he remains in a stable condition with facial injuries.”

YOUTH: Terrell, pictured during happier times.

Terrell’s mother, Shereen Jones, said her son had been left with a split lip, lost teeth, broken jawbone, bruising on the brain and abdominal pain.

Writing on Facebook, she stated that her son “is not a thug”, has no criminal record and no involvement with the police, using the #JusticeForTerrell hashtag. Ms Jones explained that he had been travelling home from local shops with friends and was approached by officers accusing him of involvement in a mugging.

This story is developing.

Anyone who may have witnessed the police interaction with Terrell Decosta Jones-Burton is asked to contact IPCC investigators on 0800 029 4687 or

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