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Inquest into death of Pc shot in training is adjourned

Pc Ian Terry
Pc Ian Terry was married with two children

An inquest into the death of a Greater Manchester police officer who was shot by a colleague during a training exercise was adjourned until Wednesday.

The hearing into the death of Pc Ian Terry, 32, at Manchester Civil Justice Centre was postponed because a juror was unwell.

Pc Terry, of Burnley, was shot in the chest by a colleague in June 2008.

Coroner Nigel Meadows ruled on Monday that anonymity orders should be given to those involved in his death.

As part of the ruling, he decided screens should be erected to stop the press and public viewing CCTV of the incident and identifying the officers.

Loudspeakers installed

A 12ft-high "screen", which stretches the length of the courtroom, has been installed along with a specially fitted code-locking door.

Members of the media were unable to see any of the court proceedings and reporters said they struggled to hear.

At times, reporters shouted out for the coroner to speak up as he opened the hearing on Tuesday.

Engineers will install a system of amplifiers and loudspeakers in the court later to improve conditions, the coroner said.

The hearing was earlier told the Lancashire father-of-two was shot at close range while holding an empty gun, as he played the role of an armed robber fleeing in a car.

The inquest is due to resume on Wednesday.



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