Watchdog probe into use of police baton against Sheffield Wednesday fan continues

An investigation into an incident in which a Sheffield Wednesday fan was struck over the head by a police officer armed with a baton is continuing.

Friday, 28th February 2020, 8:19 am
Updated Friday, 28th February 2020, 11:05 am

The Independent Office for Police Conduct launched an investigation after the case was referred to the watchdog by South Yorkshire Police.

The police officer involved has since been informed that he is the subject of a criminal investigation.

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He is also being investigated for gross misconduct.

Today the IPOC said the investigation is ‘progressing’.

Mobile phone footage shared online showed a police officer striking a 16-year-old Sheffield Wednesday fan over his head, leaving him with a gaping head wound and covered in blood, after the Owls played Barnsley FC away at Oakwell on Saturday, February 8.

Police officers were monitoring fans at the time as they made their way from the football ground towards the transport interchange in the town.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call the IOPC on 0800 0969076.