The IPCC is investigating after an employment tribunal found that a Cleveland Police officer was subject to 'victimisation and discrimination' from a number of colleagues, because of his race.
The employment tribunal, which finished in November 2015, related to allegations made by Pc Nadeem Saddique.
“The employment tribunal judgement raises serious concerns which potentially impact on the confidence in Cleveland Police, not just from the public, but also the employees of the force.
It is therefore important that an independent investigation is conducted to examine the concerns thoroughly.”
Cleveland Police responded with this statement:
Cleveland Police referred the matter to the IPCC following the employment tribunal judgement and will support their investigation as required.
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Police are urgently trying to trace missing 14-year-old Mark Ronnie Freer who was last seen at a property on Evesham Road in Middlesbrough at midday on Sunday March 6.
Mark is a white man with short dark hair. He was wearing a navy blue tracksuit.
Anyone with information about Mark's whereabouts is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.
Police area appealing for information after a 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Albert Park in Middlesbrough.
The incident occurred on Saturday 5th March between 12-2pm.
Cleveland Police can now confirm the identity of the man found in Oakley Walk in Eston on Tuesday afternoon with chest injuries who subsequently died in hospital was Lee Pettite.
Officers arrested a 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old man yesterday and have now arrested a further two local men, one aged 22 and the other aged 21, in connection with Lee's murder.
Police are treating the death of a man from serious chest injuries in Normanby this evening as suspicious.
Cleveland Police received a report at around 5.15pm that an ambulance had been called to a man with serious and significant chest injuries in the Flatts Lane area of Normanby.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics and those from the air ambulance, the man died.
Detectives are treating the death as suspicious and have begun an investigation into how the man sustained his injuries.
Officers have several lines of enquiry, including whether the injuries may have been as a result of a targeted assault.
A section of Flatts Lane has been closed while detectives and forensic officers conduct searches of the area.
Specialist officers will begin identifying and contacting the man's family members.
Anyone with any information, or who may have seen anything suspicious is asked to call Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers independently and anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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