Probe launched into police after attack at flats

Garland Court, Forton Road, Gosport
Garland Court, Forton Road, Gosport
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AN investigation is under way into how Hampshire Constabulary handled trouble in an area where a man was viciously attacked and put in a coma.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is analysing the police force’s response to anti-social behaviour in Garland Court, Forton Road, Gosport, in the months leading up to the attack on Andrew Toseland, 49.

Andrew Toseland

Andrew Toseland

As previously reported, the 6ft 2in warehouse worker was knocked unconscious at the block of flats, where he lives with his mum Nina, 78, after he asked a group of youths to be quiet in the middle of the night on August 25.

He remains in a critical condition at Southampton General Hospital.

The independent investigation began on Wednesday last week after Hampshire Constabulary conducted its own review of its response to trouble in the area.

As part of the investigation the IPCC is looking at inquiries carried out by Hampshire officers and contact made with residents between May 20 and August 25 this year.

Investigators are also examining whether anti-social behaviour was dealt with appropriately.

IPCC staff have met Mr Toseland’s family to tell them about the investigation.

IPCC commissioner Mike Franklin said: ‘As highlighted by other cases, anti-social behaviour can have a devastating effect of people’s lives.

‘I have determined the IPCC will independently scrutinise Hampshire Constabulary’s handling of reports of anti-social behaviour in Garland Court and whether the reports were appropriately managed.

‘It is my duty to ensure our independent investigation thoroughly examines how Hampshire Constabulary dealt with anti-social behaviour in the months leading up to this serious assault in Garland Court to be confident, if appropriate, any lessons are learned and any necessary recommendations made for the force to consider.’

Last night Hampshire Constabulary declined to comment on the investigation.

n Samuel Armstrong, 18, of Sherwood Road in Gosport, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and actual bodily harm over the attack on Mr Toseland.

He will appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on December 3.