IOPC to investigate Halifax arrest

Published: 20 Aug 2020

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is to investigate the actions of West Yorkshire Police officers following the arrest of a man in Halifax on 16 August.

Video footage showing part of the arrest in Spring Hall Lane was shared widely on social media and shows the man being restrained on the ground by officers.

After receiving a voluntary referral from the force, the IOPC is now independently investigating the incident.

We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard this incident which took place at around 3pm on Sunday.

Witnesses can email [email protected] or ring 0300 303 5730

IOPC Regional Director Miranda Biddle said:

“We can understand why the images circulated have caused considerable public concern and we would like to reassure members of the community that we have taken the decision to independently investigate this incident after West Yorkshire Police made a voluntary referral to us.

“An investigation has now commenced to ensure that we are able to fully understand what happened. It is vital that we are able to impartially determine the facts.

“We have already begun to gather evidence but we would like to speak to anyone who was in Spring Hall Lane in Halifax at around 3pm on Sunday who may have witnessed this incident.”

  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Use of force and armed policing