Investigators give their report to police force

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A REPORT into how police handled trouble at a block of flats where a man was beaten has been handed to the force.

It follows an investgation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the response to anti-social behaviour at Garland Court, in Gosport, before Andrew Toseland was attacked.

A statement said: ‘The IPCC has finalised its investigation report and submitted it to Hampshire Constabulary for their consideration.’

As reported, 50-year-old Mr Toseland was attacked after he asked a group of teenagers to be quiet outside his flat.

He suffered head injuries and is now in a nursing home.

In 2012, Fareham and Gosport District Commander, Chief Inspector Jason Kenny said the force was concerned that ‘our response to the ASB in Garland Court did not meet the excellent service standard expected.’

The IPCC looked at inquiries by officers with residents from May 20 to August 25 2012 - the day of the attack.

Mr Toseland’s attackers, Samuel Armstrong, 19, who led the attack, and Brandon Fisher, also 19, are now in a youth offenders’ institute.

Armstrong was sentenced to 64 months and Fisher 27 months. Gosport’s MP Caroline Dinenage has written to the Attorney General Dominic Grieve for a sentence review over Armstrong’s jail term.