Anger as report into man's shooting 'leaked'
1:40pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in NW
A SOLICITOR representing the family of a man shot dead by armed police in Culcheth has hit out after a confidential report was ‘leaked’.
The family of Anthony Grainger have been waiting for the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s report to be published.
The investigation was completed in July and the findings were passed to the Crown Prosecution Service and the coroner.
The contents of the report are now believed to have been ‘leaked’ by someone in Greater Manchester Police. The report is said to be ‘highly critical’ of the force.
Solicitor Jonathan Bridge, representing Mr Grainger’s family, said the leak has added ‘insult to injury’.
Mr Bridge said: “The family are appalled that they have found out about the report this way. We were promised this report last October.
“They have waited and waited and know there is a potential prosecution.”
Mr Grainger, aged 36, was shot during what Greater Manchester Police said was a ‘pre-planned operation’ by firearms officers in Culcheth on March 3 last year.
He was sitting outside a supermarket in the front seat of an Audi and suffered a single gunshot wound to his chest and died.
Mr Bridge said the family found out the report had been leaked after receiving a letter on Tuesday from the IPCC warning details might be made public. However, the family has not received an apology nor seen the report.
GMP’s Dep Ch Con Ian Hopkins said he was unable to comment as the CPS and the coroner were still involved.
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