Culcheth police shooting: Three men in court over robbery

Anthony Grainger
Image caption Anthony Grainger died of a single gunshot wound to the chest

Three men have appeared in court accused of conspiracy to commit robbery following an operation in which a man was shot dead by police on Saturday.

David Totton, 33, and Robert Rimmer, 26, of Manchester, and Joseph Travers, 27, of no fixed address, were remanded in custody by Manchester magistrates.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the death of Anthony Grainger, from Bolton.

The inquest into the 36-year-old's death has opened and adjourned.

Nicholas Rheinberg, the coroner for Cheshire, formally opened the inquest at Warrington Coroner's Court.

It will resume following the findings of the IPCC investigation into the shooting in a car park in Culcheth, Cheshire.

The inquest heard that Mr Grainger was born in Salford and lived in Deane Church Lane, Bolton. His occupation was given as an "odd job man".

First aid

James Donaghy, deputy senior investigator for the IPCC, told the coroner that he anticipated it would be a "protracted" investigation due to the "significant number of police officers" they would need to speak to.

The police operation in Culcheth was carried out by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

After the shooting, officers from GMP's Specialist Operations branch performed first aid, but Mr Grainger died.

The three men appeared in connection with alleged offences between 24 January and 3 March and are due back in court on 19 March.

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