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County Durham trial inquiry police interviewed

Four Durham police officers are to be interviewed under caution following the collapse of an attempted murder trial.

The trial involved the 2007 shooting of Joe Clarke at his Consett home.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) started an inquiry after the case against five people was thrown out and they were cleared.

The IPCC said as part of its inquiry into how police dealt with the case, the four officers would be interviewed.

Following the collapse of the trial in July 2009, the IPCC said it would consider whether police illegally obtained evidence.

One man faced a charge of attempted murder, while three men and a woman were accused of conspiracy to murder.

Legal process

The IPCC said its investigation would decide whether officers viewed documents that were subject to legal privilege.

The latest development is part of the investigation.

In a statement the IPCC said: "Discussions have been ongoing with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and as a result four of the officers under investigation will be interviewed under caution.

"This does not automatically mean that they have committed offences but is the required legal process.

"This will assist in the decision-making about whether matters will be passed to the CPS for consideration as to whether any criminal offences have been committed."

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