Mum of girl, 12, who drowned claims ‘police racism’ prevented more investigating

The mother of a 12-year-old girl who drowned has claimed alleged institutional racism in the police prevented a proper investigation being carried out.

Shukri Abdi drowned in the River Irwell in Bury, in Greater Manchester, on June 27.

Her mother spoke out after the tragedy saying she could not swim and did not understand why she was in the water.

Now, the family claim officers failed to investigate her concerns around foul play and they were treated differently because of their ethnicity.

Speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire show, Shukri's mother Zamzam Ture said police failed to act when she reported her daughter missing.

Ten hours later she was told Shukri had been found dead.

Zamzam Ture claimed police spoke "harshly" to her and were "trying to convince her that her daughter had been swimming", reports the BBC .

The family told police this would have been unlikely given she was wearing full Islamic dress and couldn't swim.

Lawyer Attiq Malik, who is representing the family, said Greater Manchester Police published a press release "within hours" saying there were no suspicious circumstances around the death.

He said: "The family's firm position is they have only been treated in that way because of their race, and had it been a different racial background more sensitivity would have been given, more investigation would have been done."

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