A PROTEST group calling for justice for a Bolton man shot dead by police are camping outside the head quarters of Greater Manchester Police.

Members of the Justice for Grainger group are camping in tents on an area of land opposite Central Park in Newton heath and are brandishing placards with anti-police messages.

Dad-of-two Anthony Grainger, aged 36, died after he was shot in the chest during what GMP said was a “pre-planned operation” by firearms officers in Culcheth, near Leigh on March 3 2012.

Ch Cons Peter Fahy, who heads Greater Manchester Police (GMP), is accused of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 over the shooting of Anthony Grainger in March 2012. 

He has been charged as the ''corporation sole'' for the force, a legal status that means he is a representative of GMP but does not share criminal liability.  Ch Cons Fahy denies the allegation.

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided the marksman should not face charges for murder or manslaughter because a jury would be likely to accept that he believed his actions were necessary. 

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the shooting of Mr Grainger, of Deane Church Lane, was completed last summer.

The family of Mr Grainger have made it clear they wish strongly to disassociate themselves from the widely publicised “Justice for Grainger” campaign and emphasise those behind the campaign are not representative of his close family.