Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Am Now Going to Be Taking GMP to Court'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Am Now Going to Be Taking GMP to Court'

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THE partner of Anthony Grainger spent £50,000 to become a lawyer in an attempt to clear his name after he was shot dead by police.

Unarmed dad-of-two Anthony was gunned down in a car park in Culcheth, Warrington, in 2012 while sat in a car alongside two friends - with cops believing the trio were planning to commit an armed robbery.

Since then, his partner of four years Gail Hadfield-Grainger, 36, from Bolton, has been on a quest for justice which saw her spend more than £50,000 in university fees on two law degrees.

A damning report said Mr Grainger had been shot based on 'seriously misleading intelligence' and the commanding officers leading the operation were not 'occupationally competent.' Gail said her decision to pursue the degrees, despite having no higher education before the shooting, has helped her reveal the true facts of the case.

The report found the shooting was not unlawful and it stops short of recommending any further action is taken against any of the police officers involved.

But the mum-of-two says she now plans to use her legal expertise to sue Greater Manchester Police for corporate manslaughter.

Speaking after the report was published on Thursday, she said: "Today proves the degrees were all worth it. This is one chapter of my life which is now over, but it's a long chapter.

"I am now going to be taking Greater Manchester Police to court for corporate manslaughter and perverting the course of justice."

Mr Grainger and one of his two passengers, David Totton, had for some weeks been the subject of a GMP operation - Operation Shire - which was investigating their suspected involvement in commercial robberies.

He was killed just after 7pm on March 3, 2012, when he was shot in the chest by a single bullet from a Heckler and Koch MP5 submachine gun fired by a police marksman.

But the 345-page report concluded that the operation was based on intelligence which contained 'serious inaccuracies, presenting a distorted picture and in some respects exaggerated picture of the threat Mr Grainer presented. …

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