Cleveland Police told to reinvestigate wrongful arrest claim

Cleveland Police have been ordered to reinvestigate a complaint of wrongful arrest and discipline an officer over an alleged assault.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) upheld a complaint from a 41-year-old Hartlepool man that an officer punched him last February.

The man made a number of complaints to Cleveland Police and appealed to the IPCC when they were not upheld.

A force spokeswoman said officials were co-operating with the IPCC.

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The IPCC has recommended the officer involved face a misconduct hearing.

The complainant was recording his arrest on his mobile phone and alleged it was taken off him and the recording deleted.

Although tests showed no files were deleted from the phone, a complaint about this was upheld by the IPCC on the basis that the officers did not have the authority to look through the device.

The IPCC said complaints that the man was assaulted by other officers who entered his caravan, that he was mocked by officers, that an officer refused to give his collar number and damage was caused to the man's property were not upheld.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "The reinvestigation is currently ongoing and when it is finalised we will consider the recommendation of the IPCC report alongside the conclusion of our reinvestigation."

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