A teenager is suing the Met Police and Islington council for repeatedly holding him in a cell overnight.
The 14-year-old’s case is being brought by charity Just For Kids Law, which argued that the boy was kept in the “unsuitable” location because the council had no other secure accommodation for him.
So what were they supposed to do with him?
A spokesman for the Met Police said: “It is not unlawful to detain a child overnight.
“It may be necessary to detain a child if there is an ongoing investigation that necessitates their detention, for example to take forensic samples, or to prevent evidence being lost or destroyed.
“We recognise children do get detained overnight after being charged with an offence when they should be transferred to local authority accommodation.
“This transfer may not happen for one of a number of reasons, which includes no available accommodation.
We are working with others to reduce the number of children detained in police custody overnight.”
And what are this charity doing to help? Are they building and providing places that the council can’t?
No. They are ensuring more public money is wasted fighting them off. Isn’t it time the Charity Commission applied some salt?