IOPC appeals for witnesses following incident on Loughton High Road, Essex

Published: 23 Oct 2020

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is appealing for witnesses to an incident where a man and a woman were detained by police officers on Loughton High Road, Essex, around 2pm on Saturday 3 October.

We received a complaint referral from Essex Police on 5 October in relation to the man and the woman who were both detained and arrested by police who sprayed CS gas in the man’s face. Officers subsequently established that the man and the woman were innocent and de-arrested the couple at the scene.

IOPC Regional Director Graham Beesley said: “We are investigating the circumstances of this incident including the identification, detention and arrest of the couple as suspects. Our investigation will also examine whether the force used on the man was reasonable, necessary and proportionate, whether his treatment was influenced by his race and the aftercare provided to the man. We have begun gathering statements from officers and witnesses and reviewing footage of the incident.

“It is important we establish exactly what happened during the incident and we are aware there were a number of people who may have seen or filmed all or part of the couple’s interaction with the police officers. Anyone who did is asked to contact our investigators to assist with our independent investigation.”

Witnesses can call 0300 303 5732 or email [email protected]

  • Essex Police
  • Use of force and armed policing