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Family horrified as police handcuff dad in front of kids over false cannabis tip

Dad-of-two Zain Saqib, 36, of Nottingham, was stunned when he saw officers jumping over the wall of his back garden before slapping him in handcuffs after they had received 'wrong intelligence'

By Matt Jarram & Matthew Dresch

11:50, 8 APR 2021Updated12:17, 8 APR 2021

An innocent dad-of-two was flabbergasted when police officers jumped over his back garden wall and put him in handcuffs over a crime he did not commit.  Zain Saqib said officers placed him in handcuffs in front of his terrified wife and children during the raid on his home, NottinghamshireLive reports.  Police stormed Mr Saqib's property as they suspected cannabis was being grown at the house, however an officer later apologised for having 'wrong intelligence'.  The dad-of-two, from Nottingham, has been left embarrassed by the episode and believes his neighbours now look at the family as 'criminals'.  Mr Saqib, 36, claims the incident has traumatised his family, with his seven-year-old daughter no longer wanting to sleep in her bedroom.  The Uber driver has lived at the rented house he shares with his wife, Tahira Shaheen and two children for seven years.  He now wants to move out over fears that officers will return.  Mr Saqib told Nottinghamshire Live: "I have never seen anything like this. I am a taxi driver and every year I have to do a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check.  I have never committed a crime and don't even have a point on my licence.  I feel ashamed of being a British citizen today. Look what the police have done to me and my family do they think it is acceptable?"

Mr Saqib had returned home from work at 11.30am on April 3 and was pouring a glass of water when he claims he saw "around 20" police officers jumping over the wall of his back garden.  He said he opened the door in utter shock and disbelief, claiming one officer grabbed hold of him and detained him.  He said handcuffs were placed on his arms in front of his two children, aged seven and 14 months, while his wife watched on in fear.  Mr Saqib said: "Straight away one of the police officers said to me 'you are under arrest' and he handcuffed me in front of my kids.  I asked the reason and they said 'we have intelligence that you grow cannabis in the house.'  "I was shocked to hear this as I live with small children why would they think this?  The rest of the police officers spread all over my house, shouting at my kids and wife.  After 10 minutes of terror they came down and said 'sorry we had wrong intelligence.' Is just 'sorry' enough after creating all this terror in my house?  I have lived in the same house for the last seven years. We were a happy family until this day of terror came into our lives."

He said the force has offered no formal apology for the distress they have caused or "seem to understand the long-term implications the raid had on the family's mental health".  He said: "I have two young children. They are so scared that they can't sleep since this happened to us.  My wife is in a state of trauma, she hasn't slept since that day.  I can't go to work as my whole family is scared."

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: "We have been made aware of an official complaint that has been made in relation to this incident which will be investigated by our Professional Standards Department.  A number of officers were in the Sherwood area having just executed a warrant at a nearby property where they had discovered a large cannabis grow.  It would appear that the officers’ enquiries subsequently led them to Mr Saqib's address where the incident in question occurred.  Mr Saqib was given an apology at the time, however the precise circumstances of the officers' actions rightly necessitate an explanation.  The force takes such complaints seriously and Mr Saqib will be updated accordingly."