Public inquiry to be held into shooting of Anthony Grainger. Adam Straw acts for the Grainger family

18.03.16 | |

The Home Secretary has announced that there will be a public inquiry into the shooting of Anthony Grainger. 


Father of two, Anthony was shot and killed by an officer from Greater Manchester Police on 3 March 2012. He was unarmed. 


Two months beforehand Anthony had been interviewed on suspicion of stealing a memory stick which held the names of thousands of police informants. He was cleared. However, he was put under surveillance and that operation ended in him being fatally shot. 


The Chief Constable of GMP was charged with criminal offences regarding Anthony’s death. However, the criminal trial collapsed because it could not rely on sensitive material. 


The family brought judicial review proceedings to try to challenge the collapse of the trial. They argued that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 is incompatible with the investigative duty within article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, because it fails to ensure state agents are prosecuted for criminal offences involving a breach of the right to life. The judicial review is essentially on hold until the end of the inquiry. 


The family pressed the Coroner to appoint a Judge, and HHJ Teague was subsequently appointed, so that sensitive material could be considered. Once it became clear that there was relevant material that could not be heard in public at an inquest, the family pressed for a public inquiry. 


The family (Anthony’s parents and brother) are represented by Adam Straw, Leslie Thomas QC, and Farley’s solicitors. 


Tony Murphy, of Bhatt Murphy solicitors, acts on behalf of Anthony’s partner Gail Hadfield- Grainger.


To read more please see INQUESTBBC, The Guardian and the Daily Mail.

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