Trio in court after police shooting

Croydon Guardian: Police forensic officers gather evidence at the scene of a shooting in Cheshire Police forensic officers gather evidence at the scene of a shooting in Cheshire

Three men have appeared in court charged with conspiracy to commit robbery after police shot dead a man in a village car park.

Anthony Grainger, 35, from Bolton, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest after the car he was in was stopped in the village of Culcheth, Cheshire, on Saturday evening in what police described as a "pre-planned operation".

David Totton, 33, of Rochdale Road, Manchester; Joseph Travers, 27, of no fixed address; and Robert Rimmer, 26, of Ainsbrook Avenue, New Moston, Manchester, stood in the dock surrounded by police officers for a brief hearing at Manchester Magistrates Court.

All three are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery between January 24 and March 3.

They were held as part of an investigation relating to conspiracy to commit robberies - two were arrested in Culcheth on Saturday night and a third was arrested in Manchester on Sunday. There was no application for bail and all three were remanded to appear at Manchester Crown Court on March 19.

The fatal pre-planned operation was understood to be part of a Greater Manchester Police-led investigation into an alleged planned robbery in the area.

Officers from GMP's Specialist Operations branch performed first aid, but Mr Grainger died. An inquest will be formally opened at Warrington Coroners' Court, said a spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating the incident.

"The independent investigation will consider the actions of all the officers at the scene, as well as the planning, decision-making and implementation of the operation which led to the death," he said.

An inquest into Mr Grainger's death has been opened.

Nicholas Rheinberg, the coroner for Cheshire, formally opened the inquest at Warrington Coroner's Court and then adjourned it, pending the findings of the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation.

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