Lancashire Police faces excessive force in arrest probe

An investigation is under way into claims that police officers repeatedly struck a 22-year-old man in the face during his arrest in Blackpool.

The man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in the early hours of New Year's Day.

He claims the officers used excessive force by hitting him in the face, causing bruising around his eye.

The inquiry is being managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The incident was referred to the IPCC by Lancashire Constabulary on 18 January. The inquiry is being carried out by the force's Professional Standards Department.

IPCC Commissioner Naseem Malik said: "The investigation will focus on CCTV footage of the incident and the accounts of the officers and witnesses.

"It is apparent from the footage that force was used and the investigation will seek to determine whether that force was justified and proportionate in the circumstance."

A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary said the force could not comment on the investigation.

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