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Police assault allegation probed

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CCTV of the incident - pictures courtesy of the Sunday Mirror

A police watchdog is investigating an alleged attack on a man by three officers in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

In video obtained by the Sunday Mirror the man - said to be Lance Corporal Mark Aspinall - is shown being pinned to the ground and repeatedly punched.

Greater Manchester Police said one officer had had his duties restricted and two others were being investigated.

The incident, on 27 July, is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said the force's Professional Standards Branch was investigating the conduct of officers on the Wigan division, following the reported incident.

The spokesman confirmed a man had been charged and convicted of assaulting a police officer and had later successfully appealed against the conviction, on 13 November at Liverpool Crown Court.

He said the matter had been voluntarily referred to the IPCC, and an independent complaint had also been made.

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