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Update given on police officer who left fan bloodied by a baton to the head

An update is given on the police officer who left a 16 year old fan bloodied by a baton to the head, and it’s left social media users reeling.

The incident, which took place after Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 at Barnsley, started off with two lads scrapping, only for an officer to run in and hits one in the head.


Passers by looked on with horror at seeing such shocking actions taken towards the youngster, who was left hurt, bloodied and in a daze.

“He’s injured, he’s injured” is what another officer could be heard saying as the ground also got a covering of blood also.

A second copper allegedly smashed a phone of another person that was filming what had they had just witnessed.

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Sheffield Wednesday haven’t commented publicly on what happened, but it’s claimed that they are concerned that South Yorkshire police, despite launching a new “neighbourhood policing approach” to football in the summer, are still being too heavy handed.

The Football League are funding research this season into a project called “Enable,” which promotes the more progressive approach to policing matches and has suggested that officers equipped for riot or disorder control is often excessive and counterproductive.

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The Independent Office for Police Conduct has launched an investigation into the incident and advised the officer that he is the subject of a criminal investigation, whilst also been investigated for possible gross misconduct.

South Yorkshire Police have revealed the officer is still working for the force, but on restricted duties.

In a statement, they said: “Pending the outcome of the IOPC’s criminal and misconduct investigations, and in line with force procedure, the officer has been placed on restricted duties.

“We have launched an independent investigation and advised a South Yorkshire Police officer that he is subject of a criminal investigation in relation to an incident following the Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday football match on February 8, 2020.

“We will also investigate the officer for gross misconduct.

“The investigation is in its initial stages and us launching a criminal investigation does not mean that charges will necessarily follow.”

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IOPC Regional Director, David Ford, said: “We understand why the images that were circulated caused considerable public concern. After the footage was shared on social media, a mandatory referral was made to us in relation to the conduct of the officer.

“It is vitally important that the circumstances of the incident are subject to an independent investigation so we can fully understand what happened and impartially determine the facts.

“We have already begun to gather evidence, but would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.”

Witnesses or anyone with information should send an email to midlandstreet@policeconduct.gov.uk or call the IOPC on 0800 0969076.

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