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Fury as police say this officer broke no rules

PUBLISHED: 12:34 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:38 25 August 2010

PUNCH: The video shows the officer striking a restrianed man.

PUNCH: The video shows the officer striking a restrianed man.

AN ADDICKS supporter has slammed police for not taking action against an officer caught on video punching a fan.

AN ADDICKS supporter has slammed police for not taking action against an officer caught on video punching a fan.

Hampshire police said the officer broke no rules after footage on internet site YouTube showed him punching a restrained fan in the back after the match between Southampton and Charlton on April 4.

Police concluded their investigation last Friday and claim the officers involved did not breach either force policy or national police conduct regulations.

Secretary of the Bexley and Greenwich branch of Charlton Supporters, Steve Bailey, 52, claimed that if it was a G20 demonstrator action would have been taken.

He said: "If this had been not been a football fan but someone protesting then something would have happened.

"But this sort of thing happens at football games quite a lot.

"The fan probably got the treatment he deserved but without the punch.

"Just look at the links on YouTube to other incidents and you can see how common it is. But I was surprised by this footage as I have never seen a police officer punch a fan.

"If anybody else was to punch someone action would be taken."

Deputy Chief Constable of Hampshire police Simon Cole said: "As the footage clearly shows, the police had to do this while they themselves were subjected to abuse and threats in a volatile environment.

"The man in the footage was arrested on suspicion of a breach of the peace but he resisted arrest. The officers attempted to gain compliance in a difficult situation and one of the officers involved suffered a minor injury as a result.

"The officer's actions were deemed to be necessary, proportionate and reasonable in the circumstances of the disorder that took place.

"Detectives spoke to the officers involved and the member of public who police claim 'indicated' that he did not wish to make a complaint about his arrest."

No officers involved were suspended whilst the investigation was conducted.

To watch the video go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=09lbFH9c13U.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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