Police accused of ‘breathtaking changes’ to story of their search of man who died

Habib Ullah Vigilsource: The Guardian
published: 4 June 2015

Five police officers who stopped and searched a man who died later the same evening made “breathtaking” changes to their account of the incident, a disciplinary hearing has been told.

Thames Valley police officers DS Jason Liles, DC Richard Bazeley, and PCs Kate Granger, Chris Pomery and Howard Wynne are accused of gross misconduct in relation to the incident involving Habib “Paps” Ullah on 3 July 2008. Ullah, 39, a father of three from Slough, Berkshire, was declared dead at Wycombe general hospital at 8.30pm, one-and-a-half hours after the car in which he was travelling was subjected to a stop and search in High Wycombe.

All five officers are accused of removing crucial information relating to the incident that was included in their draft statements from accounts later provided to the police watchdog. Liles is additionally accused of gross misconduct in relation to slapping Ullah on the back.

At the hearing at Shaw House, in Newbury, Gerard Boyle, presenting the case against the officers, said: “The nature and extent of the amendments and deletions these five officers made to their statements were on a breathtaking scale … Literally from beginning to end, almost every facet of their interaction with Mr Ullah and the other occupants of the car was amended in some form.”

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