Cell attack policeman back on full pay


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The Independent
16th September 2010

A policeman who was jailed for assault after being caught on CCTV throwing a 57-year-old woman into a cell is back on full pay, it has emerged. Sergeant Mark Andrews, 37, was filmed dragging Pamela Somerville through Melksham police station in Wiltshire.

The former soldier was jailed for six months by a deputy district judge at Oxford Magistrates’ Court after being convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. However, after serving just six days of his sentence he was released earlier this week on bail by a Crown Court judge pending an appeal.

Papers released ahead of a Wiltshire Police Authority meeting revealed Andrews is “on full pay while suspended, pending the outcome of a conduct hearing”.

In meeting notes to the police authority, Chief Constable Brian Moore, said: “For this period Wiltshire Police have invoked Home Office Circular 8/07, which allows for the force to withdraw his salary on the grounds he was serving a custodial sentence further to conviction.

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