Fan’s police assault claim re-investigated

COMPLAINT:Tony Ramsden and his daughter and Chloe
COMPLAINT:Tony Ramsden and his daughter and Chloe

POLICE have been ordered to re-investigate complaints that officers assaulted a man after a football match.

Tony Ramsden, 44, claims he was hit with a baton and kicked by a horse as he left the Leeds United’s Elland Road Stadium.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found that West Yorkshire Police did not investigate his complaint properly.

Mr Ramsden was waiting for a lift home after the match against Manchester United last September.

Mr Ramsden, of The Mount, Thornes, said: “I was with my 15-year old daughter, my friend and his son.

“I felt like we were treated like football hooligans.”

In a letter sent to Mr Ramsden, the IPCC stated that police had not fully addressed his complaint and not followed all the relevant lines of enquiry.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: “Mr Ramsden sent an appeal into the IPCC about the quality of an investigation conducted by West Yorkshire police into his complaint.

“We have considered this appeal and concluded that the investigation was not adequate. We have instructed West Yorkshire Police to conduct further work.”

West Yorkshire Police have always disputed Mr Ramsden’s allegations.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “We have recently been notified that the appeal was upheld and we are currently addressing this issue in accordance with the IPCC’s directions. We have updated Mr Ramsden.”