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Police told to repeat conduct inquiry

West Yorkshire Police has been censured for a “poor” investigation into misconduct complaints by a businessman who claims he was assaulted by officers outside a football stadium.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has ordered the force to repeat its inquiry into allegations by Tony Ramsden, 46, relating to its probe of an incident after Leeds United’s match with Manchester United at Elland Road in September 2011.

The father-of-two from Wakefield says he was hit with a baton and kicked by a mounted officer. After two investigations the force says the claims are not proven and no officers have been disciplined.

Mr Ramsden complained about the conduct of officers investigating the alleged assault, leading to a further probe by the force’s Professional Standards Department (PSD).

But the watchdog has now concluded that the PSD’s report into the misconduct claims was “poor” and that the investigating officer failed to make the “bare minimum” effort to look into one allegation. Casework manager Graeme Thame said: “There is no discussion of evidence and nothing I would be happy to describe as a rationale.”

West Yorkshire Police has come under fire for its handling of complaints and conduct issues and was the subject of an integrity report published by former police authority chief executive Catherine Crawford.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Brennan, head of the force’s Professional Standards Department, said: “We are aware that the IPCC have upheld an appeal by Mr Ramsden and we are reviewing the matters raised.”

 

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