IPCC investigation finds police officer must face panel

CRIME SCENE Garland Court in Gosport
CRIME SCENE Garland Court in Gosport
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A POLICE sergeant faces an allegation of misconduct after failing to grasp problems at a block of flats where a man was savagely attacked.

It comes after the assault at Garland Court, Forton Road, in Gosport, sparked an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

CRIME Andrew Toseland as he is today

CRIME Andrew Toseland as he is today

The IPCC looked at Hampshire police’s response to reports of anti-social behaviour before Andrew Toseland, now 51, was attacked by two teenagers outside his mother’s flat on August 25 last year.

It says the officer broke police standards by ‘inadequately supervising local officers’ and added the force should review its training.

In a statement an IPCC spokeswoman said: ‘An investigation has concluded that an officer has a case to answer for misconduct.

‘Hampshire Constabulary has accepted the findings of the IPCC’s report and arrangements are being made for the officer to face a misconduct meeting.’

The IPCC looked at police inquiries with residents from May 20 to August 25.

As reported, the life-changing attack left Mr Toseland needing round-the-clock care in a care home.

Mr Toseland’s mother Nina, 79, was concerned over the police sergeant but praised the police constables.

Mrs Toseland, who still lives in the flats, said: ‘It’s bad, really bad.

‘The constables knew what was going on, they more or less had it in hand.

‘The review would be a good idea.

‘They do need support – they’re doing a job that is dangerous and they need somebody behind them.

Mr Toseland’s twin sister, Michelle Yates, 51, of Bridgemary, Gosport, said she did not blame the police.

She said: ‘I don’t think anyone could have foreseen what happened – he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

‘Even with a higher police presence it may not have made any difference.’

Mr Toseland’s attackers Samuel Armstrong, who led the attack, and Brandon Fisher, both 19 and of Gosport, were convicted this year. Armstrong’s 64-month prison sentence for GBH has been referred to the Court of Appeal for being ‘unduly lenient’.

A Hampshire police spokesman said the force accepted the findings.

The sergeant faces a misconduct meeting, which is convened for misconduct, not a panel, which is for gross misconduct.

The harshest outcome from a misconduct meeting is a final written warning.