Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, said: â€œIt is now nearly three years since the death of Anthony Grainger during an armed policing operation by Greater Manchester Police Officers investigating individuals suspected of being involved in serious criminality. The family of Mr Grainger deserve to understand the events that led to Anthony’s death on that Saturday evening in 2012.
â€œThe Coronial process is still to conclude and as such Greater Manchester Police are unable to comment any further on Mr Grainger’s death. The Force recognises that will be frustrating for many people, but it is important to respect the integrity of the Coronial process so that the full facts can be established without any prejudice.
â€œGreater Manchester Police wishes to extend its sympathy to Anthony Grainger’s family who will no doubt be hugely disappointed with the events of today. Today’s decision only reinforces the necessity for a different and more timely process of enquiry into these types of incidents.â€