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Inquiry into officer's evidence

The police watchdog is investigating claims that an officer from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) failed to disclose evidence at a fraud trial.

Last week the Court of Appeal quashed a man's conviction for obtaining services by deception after deeming it unsafe.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating claims that an officer submitted a misleading statement at his trial.

GMP said the officer had been placed on restricted duties.

It is also alleged that the GMP officer failed to disclose information relating to the credibility of a key prosecution witness, the IPCC said.

Prison sentence

The man was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment in 2001 after being convicted of two counts of obtaining services by deception.

Naseem Malik, IPCC Commissioner for the North West, said: "This is a serious matter in which it is alleged a police officer failed to disclose evidence in a criminal court case.

"That court case led to the conviction of a man and we now know that conviction to have been unsafe.

"It is important the matter is investigated thoroughly and independently to determine how and why this failure occurred."

The officer's handling of the case is also under investigation by the GMP's professional standards branch.

"The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for their consideration and the officer has been placed on restricted duties pending the outcome of the investigation," a GMP spokesperson said.

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