On 26 February 2018 the Police Watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) (formerly the Independent Police Complaints Commission) reported the outcome of criminal proceedings against P.C. McVeigh of Northumbria Police who was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault by beating following an incident on 26 January 2017.
It is stated Northumbria Police referred the conduct of P.C. Paul McVeigh to the IOPC following the arrest of a man who suffered injuries to his face in Police custody which required Hospital treatment. The IOPC investigated looking at the circumstances of the arrest, the Officer’s action and the use of force against the man. A file of evidence was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service who made a decision to charge P.C. McVeigh. Following a trial at Teesside Crown Court a jury found the Officer not guilty of the charges. It is understood the IOPC reviewed body worn video footage of the incident before sending the evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service.
The IOPC has stated whether or not P.C. McVeigh continues to serve as a Northumbria Police Officer is to be determined by disciplinary proceedings. The IOPC investigation found P.C. McVeigh had a case to answer for gross misconduct in relation to his use of force and it is reported Northumbria Police agreed. It is believed Northumbria Police are due to schedule a gross misconduct hearing to determine what, if any, further action will be taken against the Officer.
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Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner