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Friday, February 19, 1999 Published at 18:23 GMT


Senior police officer suspended

Suspended: Deputy Chief Constable Mark Jordan

A senior police officer has been suspended over the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

The BBC's Stephen Cape: James Ashley's family have campaigned for an inquiry
Deputy Chief Constable of Sussex Mark Jordan was suspended following a report on the shooting of James Ashley, 39, at his home in St Leonards, Sussex.

Mr Ashley, who had a conviction for manslaughter, was in bed with his girlfriend when armed police burst into his flat. The raid was part of an investigation into an attempted murder and alleged drugs trafficking.

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Sussex Police: "Shooting regretted"
Five officers were suspended pending the outcome of an investigation by the Police Complaints Authority.

Sussex Chief Constable Paul Whitehouse said: "We deeply regret the shooting of James Ashley.

"This is a difficult time for Sussex Police and for all the individuals concerned.

"We hope of course that all the outstanding matters will be resolved as quickly as possible."

It was alleged during the inquest into Mr Ashley's death that police officers had hampered inquiries because they were "unable to remember" key facts from the case.

Senior police officers were also accused of "misrepresenting" intelligence used to justify the raid.

Mr Whitehouse was called for questioning by the inquiry into Mr Ashley's death last year.

With a second report is due from Hampshire Police next month on the shooting, the chief constable

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