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Police officer involved in Barnsley baton incident with teenage fan told he faces criminal investigation

The police watchdog considering the case of a 16-year-old boy who was taken to hospital with a head injury after apparently being hit with a police baton, has told the officer he is subject of a criminal investigation.

South Yorkshire Police said officers had been responding to disorder between football fans at Midland Street after 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 launched an independent investigation into the actions of the officer involved after they received a mandatory referral from the force.

The IOPC is urging witnesses to contact them directly by ringing 0800 096 9076 or emailing midlandstreet@policeconduct.gov.uk

An IOPC spokesman said: "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.

“We have already begun to gather evidence, but would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.”

We have launched an independent investigation and advised a South Yorkshire Police officer that he is subject of a criminal investigation in relation to an incident following the Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday football match on 8 February 2020.

“We will also investigate the officer for gross misconduct.

“The investigation is in its initial stages and us launching a criminal investigation does not mean that charges will necessarily follow.”

– IOPC Spokesman