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Greater Manchester Police custody detention officer to face misconduct meeting

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has concluded an investigation into the force used by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) on a man at Longsight Police Station.

Neville Edwards, 32, was detained on 16 July 2015 and later alleged that officers had used excessive force on him in a cell.

In the investigator’s opinion there is evidence that a custody detention officer (CDO) may have used unnecessary force on Mr Edwards, such that he has a case to answer for misconduct. The IPCC investigator also looked at the actions of a custody sergeant, with the evidence presenting no case answer for misconduct.

GMP disagreed with the opinion of the investigator with regard to the findings against the CDO, resulting in IPCC Commissioner Jan Williams directing, in February 2017, that disciplinary proceedings take place. A date for this is to be confirmed by GMP.

Note to Editors

Powers granted under the Police Reform Act 2002 provide for the IPCC to direct a force to hold disciplinary proceedings in order to maintain public confidence in the police complaints system.

The IPCC was notified of Mr Edwards’ complaint in January 2016 and begun an investigation, which concluded in September last year.

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