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Pc who struck boy returns to work

A Greater Manchester policeman who punched a 12-year-old boy in custody will return to his duties in the new year.

Pc Daniel Gaffney was found guilty of assaulting the youth at West Didsbury police station but the conviction was quashed on appeal last month.

Pc Gaffney, 30, of Northwich, Cheshire, at first said the boy hurt himself when he fell in custody.

He later said he hit the boy in self-defence and has been formally warned.

The boy was arrested at his care home with a young girl in November last year after the pair drank vodka and threatened staff with a fence post.

In light of the successful appeal his suspension has, rightly, been lifted. However, he has received a formal warning over this incident. This was because his initial account did not match the facts
Asst Ch Con Terry Sweeney, GMP

Pc Gaffney was found guilty of assault after a trial in August and served three days in prison before he was released when he appealed against his conviction.

The boy told the appeal hearing he was about to attack the officer when he was punched and it was ruled Pc Gaffney did act in self-defence.

Pc Gaffney, who joined Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in 2001, has received a formal warning but will return to work in 2009.

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said: "In light of the successful appeal his suspension has, rightly, been lifted. However, he has received a formal warning over this incident. This was because his initial account did not match the facts.

"Daniel recognises this was wrong and has accepted responsibility for this. It is worth noting that at a very early stage in the investigation he corrected his account."

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