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MIDDLESBROUGH CRITICISES POLICE OVER CS GAS

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Middlesbrough social services is investigating the use by Cleveland police of CS gas in incidents involving childre...
Middlesbrough social services is investigating the use by Cleveland police of CS gas in incidents involving children, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

CS gas was used in one case where police were trying to take a 10 month old child away from her mother to give to social services, and in another incident with a teenage boy and girl in a children's home.

But Middlesbrough's chair of social services Bob Pitt said CS spray could have been dangerous for the baby and its use was 'totally inappropriate, totally unnecessary'.

The council has asked civil liberties organisation Liberty to oversee the investigation, Mr Pitt told the programme.
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