FAMILY and friends of a Bolton man shot dead by armed police will hold a vigil on the first anniversary of his death.

Anthony Grainger, aged 36, who lived in Deane, died from a single shot fired by a police officer at a car park in Culcheth, Warrington, on March 3.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the circumstances surrounding his death after police said armed officers swooped in a “pre-planned” operation.

Three men who were accused of plotting a robbery with Mr Grainger were cleared of all charges after a trial in Manchester last September.

The memorial vigil will be held in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester at 1pm on March 3, which has been organised by the Justice 4 Grainger campaign.

They are calling for the officer who pulled the trigger to face criminal charges.

The IPCC investigation is continuing and the results are expected to be passed to the Crown Prosecution Service later this year.