Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

FRA FR CKING S ACKING S A ITE ARREST TO BE INVESTIGATED ; Watchdog to Probe Police Action after Father-of-Four Filmed Officers Quizzing Him

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

FRA FR CKING S ACKING S A ITE ARREST TO BE INVESTIGATED ; Watchdog to Probe Police Action after Father-of-Four Filmed Officers Quizzing Him

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APOLICE watchdog has ruled the arrest of a man at an antifracking camp should be investigated.

Steven Peers is planning to sue Greater Manchester Police, claiming video footage shows an oOEcer lying to detain him on 'trumped up' charges.

He was 'lming a demonstration at Barton Moss in Salford and was arrested for refusing a breath test after the policeman accused him of driving to the site drunk. He was charged but the case collapsed at court when prosecutors o"ered no evidence.

Now the Independent Police Complaints Commission has decided the incident warrants an investigation.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: "-e IPCC made inquiries with GMP after footage of the arrest of Dr Peers appeared in the media. GMP then referred the matter to us.

"Following an assessment we have asked GMP to carry out that investigation which will be supervised by the IPCC's counter corruption team. -e IPCC will agree the terms of reference and needs to be satis'ed the investigation meets those terms. …

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