Man ‘dragged by po­lice van’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By NEAL KEEL­ING neal.keel­ing@men-news.co.uk @neal­keel­ing­men

AN in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched af­ter a man was al­legedly dragged along a street by a po­lice van.

The In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct (IOPC) is ex­am­in­ing the actions of Greater Manch­ester Po­lice fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent out­side Manch­ester Royal In­fir­mary (MRI).

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in the early hours of Fri­day, April 27. The IOPC said two PCs are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The mat­ter was re­ferred to the IOPC by GMP af­ter a 21-year-old man re­quired treat­ment for fa­cial in­juries at MRI.

In a state­ment, the IOPC said: “Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion we have at this time, the man had ear­lier been de­tained in the Fal­low­field area of Manch­ester, but was then de-ar­rested prior to him be­ing dropped off by the po­lice at the A&E depart­ment of the hospi­tal at around 3.30am. It is al­leged that as the of­fi­cers at­tempted to leave the hospi­tal, the van they were driv­ing came into con­tact with the man.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is in its early stages, how­ever we have ob­tained CCTV footage of the in­ci­dent and are plan­ning to ob­tain ac­counts from the man, and the of­fi­cers who at­tended.”

The M.E.N. un­der­stands that footage shows the man be­ing dragged along the street by the po­lice ve­hi­cle.

IOPC re­gional direc­tor Amanda Rowe said: “In view of the al­le­ga­tions made, it is vi­tally im­por­tant for us to in­de­pen­dently in­ves­ti­gate what con­tact the po­lice had with the man. Although we al­ready have CCTV footage of the in­ci­dent, it would be very help­ful for us if any wit­nesses to these events came for­ward. Two po­lice con­sta­bles have been in­formed that their con­duct is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

In a state­ment, GMP said: “A re­fer­ral has been made to The In­de­pen­dent Of­fice for Po­lice Con­duct and it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment fur­ther at this time.” The IOPC has asked wit­nesses or any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call 0800 092 0340 or email manch­ester royal@po­lice­con­duct.gov.uk.

Manch­ester Royal In­fir­mary

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