'Tens of thousands wasted' on case of cop cleared of injuring suspect

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An MP believes tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money was spent on the case of a police officer who was yesterday cleared of using excessive force on a suspect - almost three years after the incident happened.

Inspector Matt Mozley had faced a gross misconduct hearing yesterday where it was alleged he used excessive force against Anthony Cook when he arrested him while off-duty in Heanor in May 2015 and causing him injuries including a broken collar bone.

Independent Office for Police Conduct, which used to be called the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), told Derbyshire police to hold the hearing - despite both the force saying there was no case to answer and prosecutors saying there was not enough evidence to bring charges.

Nigel Mills, MP for Amber Valley which is the constituency for where the incident happened, said: "There has certainly got to be a police complaints process and a way for the police to be accountable, but to take three years on this case is outrageous.

MP for Amber Valley Nigel Mills

MP for Amber Valley Nigel Mills

"There is no justification for this at all. It's not fair on the officer and it's not fair on the complainant. And it's not fair on the public purse.

"Off-duty officers trying to protect the community and do the right thing should not be hounded like this. I hope the officer can return to work as normal now and continue with his career without having this looming over him.

"It is not fair or proper for this to take so long. It should have been resolved a long time ago. I would estimate, when you consider how long it has gone on for and how many bodies and organisations have looked at it, that tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money has been spent here."

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Mr Mills said the public should be grateful for off-duty officers to intervene in situations.

He said: "He should be commended, not treated like that. The longer and longer it runs on the more money is spent on it at the same time. I'm very concerned by this case."

The chairwoman of the hearing's panel, Jane Jones, cleared him of any wrongdoing. She said it was “astounding” Inspector Mozley faced the hearing almost three years later.

The man who alleged excessive force was used, Anthony Cook, died while the appeal took place. His father, Arch, continued it on his behalf.

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A spokesman for the IOPC said: “It was for the misconduct panel to consider the evidence and determine whether professional standards of behaviour had been breached in relation to the use of force. We note the panel’s decision.”

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