An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report into the shooting of Anthony Grainger is ‘highly critical’ of Greater Manchester Police, M.E.N. understands.Police intelligence was ‘flawed’ when a firearms officer shot dead an unarmed dad-of-two, the M.E.N. can reveal.
An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report into the shooting of Anthony Grainger is ‘highly critical’ of Greater Manchester Police and their procedures during the operation, the M.E.N. understands.
The IPCC completed its report into the shooting of Mr Grainger in July.
It is yet to be published but is understood to say:
* Intelligence gathering by police who had Mr Grainger and his associates under surveillance before the shooting was flawed;
* It criticises the management of firearms teams involved in the operation which led to the shooting;
* It indicates the firearms officer who pulled the trigger may have a case to answer regarding a possible charge of manslaughter.
The Crown Prosecution Service was due to announce its decision on whether to bring criminal charges against the officer at the end of this month but it has been delayed for at least four weeks.
A senior source said: “The report is scathing regarding GMP. For the sake of all those involved the CPS should make a decision. It has been dragging on and the IPCC report has been with them for three months.”
Mr Grainger, 36, from Salford, died from a single shot fired from a sub-machine gun during an operation in Warrington in March 2012. He was sitting in the front seat of an Audi, outside a supermarket at the time.
The bullet – from a police-issue Heckler and Koch MP5 sub machine gun – was fired through the windscreen of the Audi. A post-mortem showed it entered Mr Grainger’s body through his side and penetrated a lung, his heart and then his other lung.
GMP said the swoop on the Audi was ‘pre-planned’. Other men were sat in the car at the time. No weapons were found inside the vehicle.
Three men who were charged with plotting a robbery with Mr Grainger were cleared of all charges after a trial. The police marksman involved has been interviewed twice under caution by the IPCC.
Mr Grainger’s family has campaigned with rallies in Manchester city centre calling for the officer involved to face criminal charges.
Solicitor Jonathan Bridge, of Manchester solicitors Farleys, acting for Mr Grainger’s family, said: “On March 3, 2012, Anthony Grainger died from a single shot fire from a sub machine gun during a police operation.
“Since that date my clients, the family of Anthony, have waited for the IPCC to conclude their investigations.
“They were first promised sight of the IPCC report in October 2012. Since then there have been repeated promises that the report would be finalised. Some 18 months later they have still not received the report.
“It is appalling that they now learn the contents of the report from a newspaper article. I believe that both the IPCC and GMP should now come under the most severe possible scrutiny as to how they have dealt with the preparation of the report and its dissemination.”
A spokesman for GMP said: “We are unable to comment as the matter is in the hands of the CPS.”
An IPCC spokesman said he was also unable to comment on the case. The CPS has previously said it is considering ‘a range of potential offences’ against the officer including manslaughter and murder.
A spokesman for the CPS said it ‘will make a charging decision as soon as practicable’.
A pre-inquest review hearing is due to take place in December.”