A judge has quashed a police watchdog’s report into a complaint about the conduct of a policeman following a High Court inquiry.
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report into a complaint about Pc Lee Armstrong, who works for West Yorkshire Police, was unlawful and would have to be re-written.
West Yorkshire Police bosses had asked the High Court to examine the report - into a complaint that Pc Armstrong had “abused his authority” when arresting a man in Leeds in March 2011 - arguing that the IPCC “over-reached” itself.
The IPCC disagreed and argued that the report “did not overstep the mark”.
Judge Richardson ruled in favour of West Yorkshire Police today after analysing evidence at a hearing in July.
He said - in a written ruling handed down at a hearing in Hull - that the language used in the report suggested “determination rather than opinion” and it “oversteps the lawful mark by some margin”.