Teen with Down's Syndrome held in cell for nine hours

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A teenager with Down’s syndrome was handcuffed and held in a police cell for nine hours after triggering the burglar alarm at his school on Bank Holiday Monday.

Abdul Al-Faisal, 19, was given a caution for burglary after being found inside Haringey Sixth Form Centre in White Hart Lane.

An official statement from police said that officers called to the scene found evidence of a break-in. 

It added that a suspect was identified using CCTV footage, and a man was arrested following a search of the building.

Haringey Sixth Form Centre confirmed that the arrested teenager was a pupil, but said that they were not sure how he had managed to break in.

They added: “A member of staff from the centre was asked to go to the police station by the family. The member of staff supported the student and the family until he was released. This is an unfortunate incident. The centre is continuing to support the family and the student.”

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6:54pm Wed 7 May 14

paullonden says...

Sad story,but down syndrome patiens are not necessarily incapable of violence,and anyway...they're always emphasising to be treated like everyone else; well.... that's what probably not what happened even here.Most burglar suspects get the whole deserved treatment.Looking at the news clip, Abdul seemed to be puting up a pathetic show.The guy is not completely simple minded,and going to your school at night in the weekend "fetching your baseball cap" (together with other unindentified items) seems bloody ridiculous.
Sad story,but down syndrome patiens are not necessarily incapable of violence,and anyway...they're always emphasising to be treated like everyone else; well.... that's what probably not what happened even here.Most burglar suspects get the whole deserved treatment.Looking at the news clip, Abdul seemed to be puting up a pathetic show.The guy is not completely simple minded,and going to your school at night in the weekend "fetching your baseball cap" (together with other unindentified items) seems bloody ridiculous. paullonden
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