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IPCC investigation into use of force on photographer at Labour Party rally

The IPCC has begun a criminal investigation into force used by a Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer during a Labour Party campaign rally in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, on 7 June.

A professional photographer was involved in an incident where he was restrained on the ground by a man later identified as a police officer with the Royalty and Specialist Protection Command. The man suffered physical injuries as well as damage to his photography equipment.

Following a complaint by the photographer the matter was referred by the MPS to the IPCC and we are now conducting an independentinvestigation. The officer concerned has now been informed that his actions are now subject to criminal investigation for potential common assault and criminal damage.

IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said:

“This was an incident that occurred in public view at a large event and to maintain public confidence this matter is now being investigated by the IPCC.

“We are examining the force used and its appropriateness in the circumstances.”


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