Police officers sentenced for assault

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Police officers sentenced for assault

Two Cambridgeshire police officers, convicted of common assault, have been sentenced.

PCs John Richardson, 50, and David Littlemore, 35, both based at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough, were found guilty on July 7 following a trial at Luton Magistrates Court.

The officers were found to have used excessive force when engaging with a 58-year-old man in Peterborough on August 18 last year.

Both were in the area of Severn Close when they came across the victim, who they believed was a man who had been reported missing.

After asking for ID, a row took place and the officers used excessive force to restrain him. He was not the missing man they were looking for.

They were each sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for two years. Richardson must complete 200 hours community service while Littlemore must complete 150 hours.

They were also each ordered to pay £500 in costs, £450 compensation and £80 victim surcharge.

Both officers were put on restricted duties while the investigation was being carried and suspended from duty following the guilty verdict. They will now face internal misconduct proceedings.

Detective Superintendent Mark Hodgson, head of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Professional Standards Department, told Connect FM: “We want the public and our own employees to feel confident about raising concerns about the conduct of our officers and staff and we will always investigate these cases thoroughly and ensure prosecutions are brought where appropriate.

“All our officers must act within the lawful execution of their duties and on this occasion these officers clearly did not.”

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