Police watchdog will investigate teenage football fan hit with officer's baton

The police watchdog has started an investigation into the case of a 16-year-old boy who was taken to hospital with a head injury after being hit with a police baton.

South Yorkshire Police said officers had been responding to disorder between football fans at a Barnsley V Sheffield Wednesday match on Saturday 8 February 2020.

Concerns were raised after footage which was shared on social media, appeared to show a 16-year-old boy being struck on the head by an officer using a baton.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct say they have launched an independent investigation into the actions of the officer involved after they received a mandatory referral from the force.

We understand why the images that were circulated caused considerable public concern. After the footage was shared on social media, a mandatory referral was made to us in relation to the conduct of the officer. “It is vitally important that the circumstances of the incident are subject to an independent investigation so we can fully understand what happened and impartially determine the facts.

IOPC Regional Director, David Ford