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Police statement as inquest finds taser use 'inappropriate'

Firstly I would like to offer our sincere sympathies to Mrs Begley and her family who have been left devastated by Jordon’s death.

Today, a jury has returned a narrative verdict into Jordon's death following very detailed consideration of evidence heard during a five-week Inquest.

That narrative verdict has raised a number of serious concerns, including the way the Taser was used, the use of force by the officers after the Taser was deployed and about the communication between the officers who attended Jordon’s home.

Given the gravity of those concerns, we will now need to take time to examine the jury's findings in detail, and liaise with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who carried out an independent investigation into Jordon's death, before it would be appropriate to make any further public comment.

In considering the circumstances of Jordon's death, the jury have raised some troubling concerns. We will ensure that these are thoroughly examined and that every possible lesson is learned from this tragic case.

In the interim, I have decided to restrict the operational duties of the officers involved in the Taser discharge and restraint until we have had time to fully consider the Coroner's comments and have further dialogue with the IPCC.

– Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley


Jordon Begley's mother delighted to finally hear the truth about his death

The mother of Jordon Begley has talked about her delight at finally hearing the truth about how her son died.

Speaking to ITV Granada Reports Dorothy Begley said Jordon's treatment by Greater Manchester Police officers had been "horrific and horrendous".

The 23-year-old factory worker died after being tasered at home in Gorton almost exactly two years ago on July 10th 2013.

Witness says Hillsborough victim was still alive as he was carried across pitch

A police officer has told a court he believed a 16-year-old victim of the Hillsborough disaster was alive as he carried him across the pitch.

The inquests in Warrington heard how Nick Hewitt and his older brother Carl both lost their lives.

The witness said he made his assumption based mainly on the colour of Nick's skin.

From the special coroner's court, our Hillsborough Correspondent Andy Bonner reports.

Jordon Begley's family welcomes jury's conclusion that taser should never have been shot at him

Jordon Begley

The family of Jordon Begley, who died at home after being tasered by a police officer, have welcomed a jury's conclusion that the use of a taser was "inappropriate".

Jordon's mother Dorothy had earlier cried tears of relief in court as she listened to the findings in court.

Outside court Mrs Begley described the jury's conclusions as "fantastic" and called for all police officers to wear body cameras.

"After two years of fighting everybody, fighting the system, Jordon's day has come. That is all I ever wanted. The last two years have been hell. Those officers should not be patrolling the streets."

– Dorothy Begley

Mark McGhee, her solicitor, said: "The jury's decision is very far-reaching and raises issues that go well beyond the death of this individual."

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after the incident effectively cleared all the officers involved.

The IPCC has yet to publish the report of its inquiry.

Mrs Begley said of the IPCC: "They are incompetent and badly let us down."

Anti-gravity treadmill floats into Preston

Now here's a novel way to take a weight off your mind when you have some serious exercising to do.

A revolutionary exercise treadmill is coming to Lancashire to help everyone from injured athletes to amputees.

The anti-gravity device designed by NASA, will be part of Preston College's new 13 million pound I-Stem Centre.

The centre will help students to experience a real working environment before they face the tough task of finding a job.

Paul Crone reports.


Concerns over police failings in Jordon Begley case

Jordon Begley

The coroner in the Jordon Begley inquest has criticised Greater Manchester Police for failing to store crucial evidence properly.

Mr Nigel Meadows said he would write to Sir Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, to look into why a pair of trousers Begley was wearing were lost in evidence.

He also said evidence was "routinely going missing" in cases involving Greater Manchester Police.

Jordon Begley's family have today said they have "very serious concerns" about whether evidence was destroyed.

Use of taser on Jordon Begley was '"inappropriate", officer was too close and aimed in the wrong place

Warrington prop Sims facing RFL charge

Warrington prop Ashton Sims is accused of punching Wigan stand-off George Williams Credit: PA Images

Warrington prop Ashton Sims is facing an RFL charge after being accused of punching Wigan stand-off George Williams during his side's 17-6 win over the Warriors last Thursday.

The Fiji international, who has not missed a match for the Wolves since joining them from North Queensland Cowboys in the winter, was not pulled up for the offence during the game but was one of five players cited by the Rugby Football League's match review panel.

Sims is facing a grade B offence which carries a ban of one or two matches if found guilty.

His team-mate Daryl Clark has been charged with a minor grade A offence of making dangerous contact on Williams in the same incident.

Warrington already have two forwards, Anthony England and Ben Currie, suspended for Sunday's match at Wakefield, which sees the club's former England coach Tony Smith go up against his older brother Brian for the first time.

Sims and Clark have until 11am on Tuesday to submit early guilty pleas.

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