Trial of GMP over death of Anthony Grainger collapses

The trial of the Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy, following the death of Anthony Grainger, has collapsed after the judge accepted an 'abuse of process' argument from his defence team.

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CPS: Unable to reveal material for 'public interest' reasons

A CPS spokesperson said:

“The prosecution related to the police planning for, and the police actions leading to, the intended arrest of Anthony Grainger and others.

There will no longer be a trial. At the time that the charge was authorised, the CPS was satisfied, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, that there was sufficient evidence available to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction and that it was in the public interest to prosecute.

We have considered the rulings made by the Judge that there is material which needs to be disclosed in open court in order for the defendant to have a fair trial. After consulting with relevant parties, we have concluded that we are unable to reveal that material for public interest reasons. We are therefore unable to proceed.”

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