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

Anthony Grainger, aged 36, died from a single shot fired by a police officer at a car park in Culcheth on March 3 last year.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission 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 for Mr Grainger, who was from Deane, will be held on March 3 at 1pm in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester. The vigil has been organised by the Justice 4 Grainger campaign.

They are calling for the officer who fired the fatal shot 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.