Keighley police officers cleared of standards breaches over death of Thorpe Edge man

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Police Police

Police officers who dealt with a Bradford dad-of-six who died after being struck by a minicab soon after being released from custody did not breach any professional standards of behaviour, according to the police watchdog.

Simon Clifford, 47, was arrested at his home at Sandhill Mount, Thorpe Edge, at 9.30pm on October 28, 2012, for a breach of the peace following a domestic dispute.

He was released from Keighley police station at 2.59am the next day, before being found by police at 3.23am after being hit by the cab as he walked along Bradford Road, Riddlesden.

At an inquest into his death in February this year, Assistant Coroner Roger Whittaker recorded a verdict that Mr Clifford died as a result of a road accident.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) probe, which examined the actions of three police officers and three civilian detention officers, found no case to answer.

It stated that all appropriate risk assessments and checks had been carried out and that no signs of alcohol consumption, injury, or mental health issues had been identified on his pre-release assessment.

Cindy Butts, of the IPCC, said: “The close proximity to Mr Clifford’s release from custody and his being struck by a taxi meant that an independent investigation had to be carried out.

“There were, however, no breaches of custody guidelines or policy identified.”

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