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1 Police apologise to Anichebe on Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:09 pm

Everton striker Victor Anichebe has received an apology from police after they swooped to aggressively confront him outside a jewellers.

Anichebe, 20, was window shopping with a friend when officers approached the pair following a report from CCTV operators who branded the pair suspicious. The striker's friend was soon handcuffed as scenes turned ugly.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: "It is only right and proper that the police act expeditiously in protecting vulnerable premises such as jewellery shops.

"We seek in all cases to ask for co-operation from the public in respect of not only reporting suspicious activity in or around such areas, but also their co-operation if an officer feels it is necessary and appropriate to make enquiries into such matters.

"Having now reviewed in detail what occurred between the officers and the two men whom they believed to have been acting suspiciously, it is now apparent that, while the situation was heated, the actions of the police officer in applying handcuffs to one of the men was less than a proportionate reaction to the requirements of the situation.

"The officer has been advised regarding this, and an offer of apology extended to the two men."

Earlier today, Everton spokesman Ian Ross said the player - wearing a leg cast when he was detained - was distressed but happy to let the matter drop once an apology was made.

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