‘Plebgate’ outrage

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball has today issued the following statement following an IPCC announcement (see the BBC coverage here)

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball

He said: “The IPCC handling of this has been manifestly unfair.

“At the very early stages of this investigation, and as recently as last week, they were reminded that this is a high profile case with significant public interest. Despite that their view was that a supervised investigation by the force was appropriate and that they would not investigate it themselves. It would appear that they were happy for a supervised investigation to be conducted – provided that it arrived at a conclusion with which they agreed.

“I support the expansion of the IPCC and a shift away from the police being perceived to investigate themselves. That requires them to be fair and to work to agreed procedures. They have done neither in this case.”

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