Hampshire Police Officer To Face Misconduct Case

19 November 2013, 17:17

An investigation's found a Hampshire police officer has a case to answer for misconduct over the way he handled reports of anti-social behaviour in Gosport.

Andrew Toseland was attacked and left in a coma after asking a group to be quiet outside his flat in August 2012.

A report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission said the Hampshire police sergeant involved "did not sufficiently grasp the issues".

An IPCC spokeswoman said:

"An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into how Hampshire Constabulary handled reports of anti-social behaviour has concluded that an officer has a case to answer for misconduct.

"The IPCC's investigation into the police response to anti social behaviour in an area of Gosport was finalised in September when a final report was shared with the force and the family.

"The investigation concluded that an officer, a sergeant, did not sufficiently grasp the issues at Garland Court and breached the standards of professional behaviour expected by inadequately supervising local officers.

"Following issues identified during the investigation it was also recommended that Hampshire Constabulary carry out a review of training provided to establish its effectiveness and to identify whether any further needs or support are required by officers.

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

"We will provide further information as soon as we are able."