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article imageEmbarrassment Cover Up By UK Police As Officer Is Shot Dead On A Training Exercise

By Michelle Duffy     Jun 10, 2008 in Crime
In an incident at a Manchester police training school this week, a police man was shot dead by a colleague by accident during an exercise which went very wrong. Home Secretary quickly covers up the accident by focusing on the dangers of being a PC
The shot dead police officer, Ian James Terry, a 32 year old married father of two, from Burnley, in Lancashire. He had been shot by a a single bullet from a shot gun at a training exercise in Thorp Road, Newton Heath, Manchester on sometime on Yesterday morning. He had been a more experienced member of the team as a special firearms officer for the last six years. He had joined the police force in 1997.
The exercise was taking place in a disused warehouse in the city where officers were learning how to use special weapons to stop ordinary get away vehicles used by armed criminals.
Mr Terry had also recently been involved in a highly successful operation in which a well known and violent gang operating in the Lancashire area had their firearms seized.
Speaking as the acting Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Mr Dave Whatton, commented on the tragic incident which led to the death of a well respected member of the police force,
"Everybody in Greater Manchester Police is devastated by the news that we have all received and the loss of a highly regarded colleague and friend."
The Independent Police Complaints Commission are now carrying out a thorough investigation into the incident. The area in which the incident took place is now said to be carefully preserved while the investigation takes place. Mr Whatton also said that it was important to mention that at no point were members of the public in any danger during the exercise.
Speaking on behalf of the IPPC was Naseem Malik, who is the commissioner for the North West of the UK. He said,
"My sympathies go out to the family and friends of the man who died. This must have been a very traumatic experience also for all the officers involved in the exercise."
Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith said on reflection of the incident,
"The whole House will be saddened to learn of the tragic death today of a police officer during a training exercise with Greater Manchester Police. This demonstrates the dangers that police officers face on our behalf."
Does she mean from the public who carry firearms or from the officers colleagues when she talks about the dangers that police officers face? If it is from themselves during a routine operation, then surely the way we train our officers needs to be addressed before we send them out to deal with real criminals who really will shoot to kill....
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