Probe after police officer ‘hit Pompey fan over head with baton’

The police watchdog is investigating the allegation
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  • Police watchdog probe Pompey fan’s claim police officer hit him over the head with baton
  • He suffered a ‘serious wound’ needing medical treatment
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A POMPEY fan has claimed he was hit over the head with a baton by a police officer.

The 30-year-old said he was walking with his wife in Carisbrooke Road, Southsea, when he was hit by a Devon and Cornwall police officer.

The fan had just been in an altercation with a Plymouth fan, the police watchdog said.

He suffered a serious head wound in the incident, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said.

It happened after the League Two play-off fixture between Portsmouth and Plymouth Argyle at Fratton Park on May 12.

An IPCC statement said: ‘A 30-year-old Portsmouth supporter has alleged he suffered a serious head wound after being struck on the head with a baton by a Devon & Cornwall police officer.

A 30-year-old Portsmouth supporter has alleged he suffered a serious head wound after being struck on the head with a baton by a Devon & Cornwall police officer

IPCC statement

‘The man was walking with his wife on Carisbrooke Road after the match, when at around 9.40pm he became involved in an altercation with a Plymouth fan.

‘Devon & Cornwall officers policing the match were nearby and attended the incident, and shortly after the man was allegedly struck on the head by an officer, resulting in a wound requiring medical treatment.

‘The IPCC has begun an independent investigation to look at the circumstances surrounding the incident, and the actions of the officers involved.’

Email carisbrookeroad@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk or phone 0800 096 9071.