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Greater Manchester Police detectives cleared over rape investigation

Four Greater Manchester Police (GMP) detectives are no longer under criminal investigation by the police watchdog over how they handled a reported rape.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) examined claims of misconduct in public office in 2010.

Claims included failing to interview or arrest a suspect or provide adequate support to the alleged victim.

The IPCC said it was now looking at whether the officers and a constable have a disciplinary case to answer.

The police watchdog looked into claims that a report of a rape at knife-point in 2010 was not investigated properly by GMP, and that a man identified as being responsible was never arrested or interviewed.

The investigation found there was insufficient evidence to establish that any of the four detectives had committed the criminal offence of misconduct in public office.

However, the IPCC said it would "now determine if the four officers and a police constable - who was not served with a criminal notice - have a [disciplinary] case to answer for misconduct".

GMP has yet to comment.

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