Report due over police response to trouble at flats

ASSAULTED Andrew Toseland
ASSAULTED Andrew Toseland
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AN INVESTIGATION into how police handled trouble at a block of flats where a man was viciously beaten has been completed.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission was looking into Hampshire police’s response to anti-social behaviour at Garland Court, in Gosport, before Andrew Toseland was attacked.

Now the IPCC has completed its investigation, a report will be written and sent to its commissioner.

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

He suffered severe head injuries and doctors had to induce a coma.

His mother, Nina, 79, said she wanted to see the report but did not blame police.

‘I don’t blame the police, I think they do their job with their hands tied behind their back,’ she said.

‘It’s a lot to do with the people who are put in here.

‘I think they ought to be vetted better.’

Residents had said police could have done more to prevent the attack.

Two men, Brandon Fisher, 19, of Old Road, Gosport, and Samuel Armstrong, also 19, admitted their parts in the attack in court.

Fisher admitted unlawful wounding at Portsmouth Crown Court on August 5.

The court heard how Fisher did not attack Mr Toseland but held back his brother Robert back while Armstrong, of Gosport, assaulted him.

Both men are due to be sentenced on September 3.

Armstrong had previously admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Mr Toseland and actual bodily harm on his brother Robert.

Hampshire police had reviewed its own response into trouble in the area before it referred it to the IPCC.

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 made by officers with residents from May 20 to August 25 – the day of the attack.

Mr Toseland will now always need care and is in a care home in Bitterne.

Mrs Toseland yesterday said physiotherapists were now helping him walk.