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September 4, 2012

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Police force and two officers appear in court for safety breaches

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and two of its firearms officers have appeared in court to face safety charges in relation to the death of PC Ian Terry.

Pc Terry, 32, was shot during a refresher training exercise involving the use of firearms at a disused warehouse in Newton Heath, Manchester on 9 June 2008. The officer who conducted the exercise, and an exercise safety officer, who assisted him in running the course, were at Trafford Magistrates’ Court yesterday (4 September). They applied for and were granted anonymity and so appeared in the court behind a screen.

GMP chief constable Peter Fahy also appeared in court to answer charges against the force of failing to ensure Pc Terry’s health, safety and welfare. According to a report in yesterday’s (4 September) Manchester Evening News, no pleas were entered by any party, and the case has been adjourned until 25 September for a preliminary hearing at Manchester Crown Court.

The paper also reported that a plea and case-management hearing is scheduled for 25 October, to take place at the same court.

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