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