IPCC investigates detective over Craig Preston murder

By Dave Doyle | 20/06/2017

IPCC investigates detective over Craig Preston murder
Shiraz Bashir and Leonie Mason

A POLICE watchdog has resumed its investigation into allegations of misconduct by a detective in the case of murdered Craig Preston.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced today that it has resumed enquiries, begun last December following a complaint, into the conduct of the unnamed officer.

This follows the conviction of Huddersfield couple Shiraz Bashir (42) and Leonie Mason (24), along with three youths, for killing Mr Preston.

Mr Preston — also known as Craig Nelson — was attacked in a lay-by on Town Lane, Rockingham, and his body was found near to Woodhead Tunnels last August.

The IPCC received a referral from South Yorkshire Police in December 2016 regarding police contact with, and concerning, Mr Preston before his death.

Its investigation was suspended to avoid prejudicing criminal proceedings, which ended last week.

An IPCC investigator is looking at actions taken by the force in response to apparent threats against Mr Preston during August 2016.

They have decided, based on evidence seen so far, that there is an indication of misconduct by a detective constable.

An IPCC spokesman said: “This investigation has made steady progress since it resumed a few weeks ago.

“Although our investigation is in its early stages, the conduct of an officer at South Yorkshire Police is under investigation, and we are continuing to gather all relevant evidence in this case.”

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