IPCC takes over Briton Ferry man's Taser arrest probe

A man's claim that he was assaulted by police is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

He complained that he needed more than a dozen stitches in his head and face after he was hit by a Taser gun.

The man, from Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot, said officers of South Wales Police assaulted him after arresting him on 15 August 2009.

The IPCC originally decided to manage an internal investigation by the force.

After his arrest the man was taken to hospital where he received 10-12 stitches to his forehead and three stitches to his nose, said the IPCC.

The police watchdog said the decision to upgrade the inquiry to an independent investigation was taken after the IPCC investigator managing the case was told that actions, outside the investigation's terms of reference, had taken place.

IPCC commissioner for Wales Tom Davies said: "I have decided to use our own investigators to take over this investigation.

"Public confidence in the impartiality of the police complaints system is paramount. We have also contacted the complainant and explained what has happened and what we have done."

Mr Davies added: "I have spoken to the force and I am pleased that South Wales Police has ordered an immediate review, which will be carried out by assistant chief constable Matt Jukes."

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