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Statement regarding executing warrants


Chief Superintendent John O'Hare said: "Police officers are given powers of forced entry for a variety of reasons. These include searching properties to secure evidence and arresting suspected offenders. Clearly, forced entries are necessary so that offenders are not tipped off and cannot either dispose of vital evidence or escape.

"Given the sheer volume of warrants that Greater Manchester Police execute every year, the number of compensation claims we have received is extremely low.

"It should also be pointed out that warrants are granted by magistrates only when they are satisfied there is sufficient evidence of criminality to carry out such a raid.

"Every time a forced entry is made, police officers will try to minimise damage where possible but the most important aspect of any forced entry is to safely secure evidence and arrest those suspected of being involved in a crime.

"On very rare occasions, they may be instances where the wrong address is searched. Sometimes this arises from false information provided to police about the whereabouts of an offender, sometimes human error.

"When such rare instances do occur and entry is forced to the wrong address, the Force will issue an apology to the homeowner and pay for repairs. There are also a range of options open to complainants who can either seek civil redress or make a formal complaint to our Professional Standards Department."

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