4th Dec, 2016

Coventry City fan gets five-figure settlement following alleged police beating

Shaun Reynolds 12th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY CITY football fan has received a five-figure settlement after taking legal action against the police over an alleged ‘vicious assault’ , police have confirmed.

Mark Wynn claimed he attended Coventry City’s home game against Derby with his 14-year-old son in September 2011 when he asked a policeman why his ID number was not on display.

Mr Wynn was arrested and said he was taken to holding cells beneath the stadium where he beaten up by an officer.

Police have confirmed with the Coventry Observer that the officer in question regarding the alleged incident has received a final written warning following an internal investigation.

It is alleged a colleague of the officer who witnessed the incident lodged a complaint against his colleague.

Mr Wynn claims that while he was held beneath the stadium, his son was thrown out of the Ricoh and forced to make his own way home.

Mr Wynn was charged with a public order offence and was fined £275, including costs, and issued with a banning order – preventing him from attending football matches.

His appeal against the banning order was successful when, it is claimed, the police notified a court that it would not contest Mr Wynn’s appeal.

Mr Wynn said: “It’s all about making the victim look bad.

“The police will try and cover up their wrong doing and for them it’s about damage limitation – they will never learn until they become open and transparent.”

Chief Inspector Brian Carmichael from West Midlands Police’s Professional Standards Department, said: “An internal investigation was launched following the complaint and the officer in question appeared before a misconduct panel where he received a final written warning.

“An out-of-court financial settlement was later agreed with Mr Wynn.”