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Family of Culcheth shooting victim hit out at IPCC report leaks
1:15pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A SOLICITOR representing the family of a man shot dead in Culcheth by armed police has hit out after a confidential report was “leaked”.
The family of Anthony Grainger have been waiting for the long-awaited Independent Police Complaints Commission’s report into the police’s action by the to be published.
The investigation was completed in July and the findings were passed to the Crown Prosecution Service and the coroner. But the family of Mr Grainer had remained in the dark about the watchdog’s findings.
The details of its contents are now believed to have been leaked within GMP. The report is said to be “highly critical” of the force.
Solicitor Jonathan Bridge, of Manchester solicitors Farleys, representing Mr Grainger’s family, said the report being leaked has added “insult to injury”.
Mr Bridge said: “The family are appalled that they have found out about the report this way. It is partly because we were promised this report last October, 2012 then probably four or five further times. They have waited and waited and know there is a potential prosecution. For this to be from GMP seriously adds insult to injury.”
Mr Grainger, aged 36, was shot during what Greater Manchester Police said was a “pre-planned operation” by firearms officers in Culcheth, on March 3 last year.
He was sitting outside a supermarket in the front seat of an Audi.
He suffered a single gunshot wound in his chest and died. The shot was fired through the windscreen.
He said the family found out the report had been leaked after receiving a letter on Tuesday from the IPCC warning details might be made public. But the family had not received an apology.
Mr Bridge said he was unable to comment on the family’s feelings about the believed findings of the report due to confidentiality agreements. He said the family had not had sight of the report.
Mr Bridge added: “I can’t comment about the report which is what makes it more galling that all these police officers have seen it.”
He said he got wind the report had been “disseminated” to about 20 officers several weeks ago. He believes the confidential contents has been spread further within the force. He raised concern about how it could impact any future proceedings.
Farleys will be making a complaint against GMP on behalf of Mr Grainger’s family.
Tony Murphy, partner at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, London acts for Anthony Grainger’s partner Gail Hadfield-Grainger, said: “My client anxiously awaits the long overdue CPS decision in the hope that justice will be done for Anthony. “
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