Watchdog investigates after Leeds arrest incident

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Police watchdogs have launched an investigation after a father was allegedly stuck around the head with a baton by officers responding to reports of an assault,

The Independent Police Complaints Commission are investigating the incident in Leeds which involved a 39-year-old man being injured during an arrest by West Yorkshire Police.

Police officers were called to a report of a woman being assaulted in Torre Grove in Leeds just after midnight on May 23. While the officers were arresting a man it is reported his father attempted to intervene.

The father was allegedly struck on the head and leg with police batons, suffering a cut to his head and bruising to his neck and leg which required treatment at St James’ Hospital.

IPCC Commissioner Nicholas Long said: “Our investigation will examine all the circumstances surrounding the incident to determine whether the force used by the officers was lawful, justified and proportionate.”

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