CCTV of cops punching suspect leads to force referring themselves to watchdog

A police force has voluntarily referred itself to a complaints watchdog after a video was leaked online showing officers punching and kicking a man during an arrest.

The video, which was recorded on a CCTV camera, shows officers from Lancashire Police approaching the man as he walks down the road.

He immediately puts his hands in the air and lies on the floor after an officer asks him to do so.

As he lies face down on the pavement and officers attempt to arrest him, one of the cops is seen repeatedly kicking the suspect, while another punches him.

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Five officers surround the suspect and a police dog is also being held a few metres away.

The police have since identified the man as Adeel Ashraf, 34, who has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.

Ashraf, of Bellfield Road, has also been recalled to prison.

A police spokesperson said: "The circumstances are that at around 11am on January 8, police received a report of a burglary at an address in Blackburn during which a Nissan Juke car was stolen.

"The car was later spotted by police in the Church area and pursued by officers to the Lonsdale Street area of Accrington where a stinger was deployed to bring the vehicle to a stop.

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"This happened shortly before 2pm."

"A man got out of the car and was then detained by officers and his arrest is what is seen in the footage which has been widely shared.

"We appreciate the concern that perceptions of the officer actions in this video have caused and we would like to reassure people that the incident is being fully reviewed by our Professional Standards Department.

"In the interests of openness and transparency we are also voluntarily referring the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct."

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