Christopher Alder’s sister plans new legal challenge after ‘deeply disturbing’ evidence

Janet, sister of Christopher Alder - Image credit Wasi Danijuall credits: Hull Daily Mail
published: 24 August 2020

The sister of Christopher Alder who died in police custody is continuing her battle for justice with plans to launch a legal challenge against South Yorkshire Police.

Former paratrooper Christopher, 37, died on the floor of the custody suite in Queens Gardens police station in Hull in the early hours of April 1, 1998. Read more.

After an inquest returned a verdict of “unlawful killing” in 2000, five Humberside Police officers stood trial for the manslaughter of Christopher, alongside misconduct charges.

However, the case collapsed and the officers were cleared.

Later, a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission accused police of being “unwittingly racist”. The report said the officers were guilty of “the most serious neglect of duty”.

The investigation was carried out by South Yorkshire Police on behalf of the Humberside force.

Miss Alder said: “I have been given the documentation but I am not able to speak about it publicly due to a court order.

“But I can say is the evidence I have read is deeply disturbing and psychologically very distressing.”

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