Hampshire & Isle of Wight

IPCC probes Hampshire Police response before attack

The police watchdog is investigating how anti-social behaviour was dealt with in a Hampshire town months before a man was attacked.

The 49-year-old man is still in hospital with serious injuries after the attack in Gosport a month ago.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating whether reports of anti-social behaviour were dealt with correctly.

It will also look at how house-to-house inquiries were conducted.

"As highlighted by other cases, anti-social behaviour can have a devastating effect of people's lives," IPCC commissioner Mike Franklin said.

"It is my duty to ensure our independent investigation thoroughly examines how Hampshire Constabulary dealt with anti-social behaviour in the months leading up to this serious assault to be confident, if appropriate, any lessons are learned and any necessary recommendations made for the force to consider."

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