Two men have won High Court damages from the Metropolitan Police over an incident when they were teenagers.

Awarding £11,950 to Basil Khan and £2,500 to Omar Mohidin, Mr Justice Gilbart said both had been subjected to racist abuse.

Khan and Mohidin were 16 when they were stopped in Edgware Road, central London, in June 2007 by officers from the Territorial Support Group, who thought that some of their group had been making gestures or mouthing obscenities.

Mohidin was in the police van for five minutes while Khan was arrested, handcuffed and detained for nearly 20 hours.

At a hearing at London's High Court in June, Khan claimed that he was wrongfully arrested, assaulted and sworn at, and strip searched. He said he had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder for about a year.

Mohidin alleged that he was assaulted by an officer who also swore at him and abused him verbally. He said he had suffered acute stress disorder for four weeks.

The officers claimed that Mohidin was searched on suspicion of being in possession of controlled drugs, He had entered the van voluntarily and nothing untoward occurred.

They said that Khan was arrested after he had approached the van and made threats but he was not assaulted, although he was required to kneel in handcuffs because of his "violent conduct".

Giving his decision today, the judge, sitting in London, said that although Khan was shaken up and distressed by a "sustained assault and humiliation", he did not accept that he had the psychiatric symptoms claimed.

Describing it as a "bad case", the judge said that Khan had endured a wrongful arrest, a blow with some abuse from one officer and a sustained assault from another, which was accompanied by racist abuse.

He said that Mohidin was forced into the van and falsely imprisoned for a few minutes, during which he was subjected to "racist humiliation", but he had not suffered acute stress disorder at any stage. Mohidin found the officer's conduct distressing and frightening but his injury consisted, at most, of feeling upset for a few days.

The judge dismissed a damages claim for false imprisonment, assault and race discrimination brought by a third man, Ahmed Hegazy.