Officers could face prosecution after ‘spying’ on Christopher Alder’s family

Christopher Alder
Christopher Alder

source: Hull Daily Mail
published: 25 May 2015

Humberside Police officers could face criminal prosecution for allegedly spying on the family of a man who died in police custody.In 2013, Humberside Police found evidence that officers had placed Christopher Alder’s sister Janet Alder and another person under surveillance.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was brought in to examine whether it amounted to improper conduct. A total of 16 officers were questioned over the surveillance.

Mr Alder, 37, died in the custody suite in Queens Gardens police station in 1998. An inquest later ruled he had been unlawfully killed.

The evidence of surveillance came to light after all police forces were asked to check their records following claims the Metropolitan Police spied on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Now the IPCC has completed its two-year investigation.

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