Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC - formerly IPCC)
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Investigation and witness appeal launched following incident after football match

We have begun an investigation into the actions of a South Yorkshire Police officer, following the Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday football match on Saturday 8 February 2020.

Footage of a disturbance after the match, which was shared on social media, shows a 16-year-old boy being struck on the head by an officer using a baton.

We decided to independently investigate the actions of the officer involved after we received a mandatory referral from the force.

We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident which took place at around 3.40pm in Midland Street, Barnsley.

Witnesses can email or ring 0800 096 9076.

IOPC Regional Director David Ford said:

“We understand why the images that were circulated caused considerable public concern. After the footage was shared on social media, a mandatory referral was made to us in relation to the conduct of the officer.

“It is vitally important that the circumstances of the incident are subject to an independent investigation so we can fully understand what happened and impartially determine the facts.

“We have already begun to gather evidence, but would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.”

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