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Police officer had 'no case to answer' over death of driver after police pursuit.

'It was humiliating for my family and me' PC Folwell Credit: PA

A police constable cleared of any wrongdoing over the death of a man in a crash following a police chase has described the 18-month Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation as "humiliating".

Luke Campbell, 24, died after the car he was driving collided with a Mini and then a CCTV stand in Stretford in the early hours of February 21 last year.

He was being pursued by a marked police vehicle prior to the crash and the case was referred to the IPCC.

But Pc Simon Folwell, who has had restrictions on his duties since the incident, was told he had "no case to answer" at a gross misconduct hearing last week.

"People assume you have done something wrong," he said.

"It's like you are guilty until proven innocent.

In April, an IPCC spokeswoman said the investigator believed there was evidence that the driver of the police car had a case to answer for gross misconduct in relation to his actions prior to and during the pursuit.

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori directed a gross misconduct hearing to take place after Greater Manchester Police disagreed with the watchdog's finding.

It's a job I love doing but I have had to take time off with stress through it all. It just all got too much.

To be frank it was humiliating for me and my family.

– PC Simon Folwell
Officers have to make swift decisions about cars being driven dangerously or illegally - Deputy Chief Constable Credit: PA

Police officers are often met with difficult situations, and police pursuits are among the most challenging operational situations they face.

"Officers often have to make informed, swift, decisions on whether or not to engage with cars that are being driven dangerously or illegally in the safest way possible.

"I would like to offer my condolences to Mr Campbell's family and friends."

– Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling

It is absolutely beyond belief that this officer was put through this process for simply doing his job. Pc Folwell acted quite properly and the panel recognised that in finding that there was no case for him to even answer.

I really believe that the time has come for the public to be made aware of the scandalous incompetence of the IPCC and the fact that enormous sums of public money are being wasted on investigations that have no merit.

The IPCC urgently need to have a long hard look at themselves because whoever is responsible for this most recent example of wasting tens of thousands of pounds of public money needs now holding to account them

– Ian Hanson, Greater Manchester Police Federation chairman

Detectives accused of rape case 'misconduct'

Greater Manchester Police HQ Credit: ITV

Two detectives from Greater Manchester Police have been accused of misconduct in a public office, over a rape inquiry.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has served the pair, and two retired officers, with notices alleging they "failed to carry out the investigation to correct standards".

Commissioners say they will interview all four under criminal caution.

The allegations relate to someone who reported being raped at knife-point, but claimed police did not investigate the crime properly nor question the man identified as responsible.

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Families will "feel betrayed"

A relative of one of Harold Shipman's victims said they should have been informed about the storage and disposal of human tissue.

Suzanne Turner, the granddaughter of Edith Brock, said many families will "feel betrayed" by the police.

Mrs Brock, 74, was murdered by Shipman during a house call he made to her home in November 1995.

We, as a family, fortunately never had to go through the horrors of my nan being exhumed for postmortem.

The decision not to inform relatives about the storage and disposal of the tissue in my opinion is very wrong.

They stated back in November that they 'agonised' as to whether to inform relatives.

History tells us that these things leak out to the public domain.

I am sure relatives felt betrayed by the poor judgement of GMP. We must have an open and honest system.

GMP failed.

– Suzanne Turner, the granddaughter of Edith Brock

Which is worse I ask myself - being told that they were disposing of the tissue and the rational for it but assuring relatives that it would be disposed of in a dignified way, or it coming out into the publish domain and knowing that not only did they dispose of it but you were given the details as an after thought, and additionally, why the secrecy?

Families must be allowed to move on, they have lived the most horrific crime out in the glare of the media.

– Suzanne Turner, the granddaughter of Edith Brock

Human tissue samples were taken from 12 women killed by Shipman to establish cause of death, it was previously reported.

They were kept in storage for a number of years to ensure that police had the appropriate evidence should the murderer or his family appeal against his conviction.

Hillsborough investigator has left his post

Assistant Commissioner Jon Stoddart, who is leading the new inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster, said he had informed the families that Mr Sweeney had returned to Greater Manchester Police.

I am aware of the ongoing investigations being carried out by the IPCC in relation to Greater Manchester Police and specific officers, including Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney.

The allegations made relate to ACC Sweeney's role at Greater Manchester Police. ACC Sweeney has returned to his post at Greater Manchester Police and will cooperate fully with the IPCC investigation until these matters are concluded.

I have taken steps to inform the Hillsborough families and other interested parties.

I and my team remain absolutely committed to supporting the forthcoming inquests.

– Assistant Commissioner Jon Stoddart, Operation Resolve

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GMP Chief vows to cooperate with IPCC

GMP's Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said the allegations were serious but pledged that officers would not be distracted from their duty to keep the public safe.

I have stated before that the decisions dealing with the aftermath of the Shipman investigation were complex and sensitive, our priority was to avoid causing further distress to the families.

We will be cooperating with the Independent Police Complaints Commission as we want to ensure the allegations raised are brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

We hope this can be done swiftly.

– Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police

Watchdog probe into Greater Manchester Police

The IPCC said the GMP whistleblower has made a number of allegations including cronyism among senior officers, failure to follow correct procedures, failure to investigate complaints properly and corruption.

Following an IPCC assessment, all other allegations outside of the three investigations have been returned to GMP for the force to deal with.

Officers whose actions will be investigated range from the rank of constable up to GMP’s Assistant Chief Constable, Terry Sweeney.

He was seconded to work on Operation Resolve, the police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster, but has now returned to GMP.

These are serious allegations and the gravity and nature of the allegations, and the fact that they are made against senior officers within the force, means they must be investigated independently.

We will also look at the wider organisational response by Greater Manchester Police in each of these investigations.

We know that the families involved will have been through very distressing times, and we will be sensitive to this as we conduct our investigations.

– Jan Williams, IPCC Commissioner

Police watchdog launches probe into Greater Manchester Police after Shipman claim by whistleblower

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched three investigations into Greater Manchester Police following allegations made by an officer serving in the force.

The three investigations will examine:

  • Whether GMP officers misled families and the public when human tissue from victims of serial killer Harold Shipman was disposed
  • Claims that an investigation into alleged sexual abuse was poorly handled and the alleged failings covered-up by GMP
  • The actions of a Detective Chief Inspector over alleged unauthorised bugging of a GMP office. The force has told the IPCC that this bugging did take place.

Police watchdog appeal for fans who were at Hillsborough to give statements

An appeal for thousands of people who were in the crowd on the day of the Hillsborough Disaster to come forward.

It is claimed there are so many inconsistencies in the original evidence that more eye witness accounts are needed..

Those inconsistencies are in the statements given to officers from West Midlands Police which later formed part of the now discredited Taylor report.

Andy Bonner reports.

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