Firearms officer found guilty over shooting of Burnley PC

Undated family handout photo of constable Ian Terry. Greater Manchester Police are to face charges over the death of PC Terry who was shot dead by a colleague in a bungled training exercise.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 7, 2012. See PA story LEGAL Officer . Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
Undated family handout photo of constable Ian Terry. Greater Manchester Police are to face charges over the death of PC Terry who was shot dead by a colleague in a bungled training exercise. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday March 7, 2012. See PA story LEGAL Officer . Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire

A policeman who led a training session in which a dedicated Burnley firearms officer was fatally shot and wounded has been found guilty of health and safety failings.

Firearms officer PC Ian Terry (32) was posing as a gun-toting villain in role-play simulating an armed police strike at the disused Sharp electronic factory in Newton Heath when he was shot by a colleague in June, 2008.

The officer in charge of training on that day, who was granted anonymity and can only be identified as PC Francis, went on trial accused of health and safety breaches alongside another officer with a safety role in the session, Sgt Eric, at Manchester Crown Court.

A unanimous jury found PC Francis guilty of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act, but cleared Sgt Eric of the same charge.

PC Francis now awaits sentence.

Greater Manchester Police chief Sir Peter Fahy pleaded guilty on behalf of the force to failing to take reasonable care to ensure PC Terry’s safety in January and also awaits sentence.