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