Leonard McCourt: Family's fury

The family of Leonard McCourt say their "hearts are crushed" after a Durham PC is found guilty of gross misconduct, but keeps his job.

Mr McCourt died in police custody in 2010.

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McCourt family's heartache over Durham Police ruling

The sister in law of a man who died while in police custody says her family's "hearts were crushed" after an officer involved in the case was found guilty of gross misconduct by a disciplinary panel but then allowed to continue in his job.

Leonard McCourt died while in Durham Police custody Credit: ITV News

PC Richard Clark was one of three Durham Police officers involved in the arrest of Leonard McCourt in September 2010. They used pepper spray on Mr McCourt after being called to a disturbance at the 44 year old's house in Seaham.

The IPCC panel found that the officers failed to check that Mr McCourt was all right on the journey to Peterlee police station and didn't administer CPR properly. The other officers involved have since left the force and were not required to attend the hearing.

"Our hearts are crushed" - Tracey McCourt Credit: ITV News

Speaking from her home in County Durham today, Mr McCourt's sister in law Tracey McCourt said her family cannot understand PC Richard Clark has been allowed to keep his job. Mrs McCourt said "This, in our opinion, does not restore public faith in Durham Constabulary as a force."

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