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Cumbria Constabulary custody sergeant convicted of common assault

A Cumbria Constabulary custody sergeant has been found guilty of common assault by beating (contrary to s39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988) following an IPCC independent investigation.

PS Andrew Rogers, faced an allegation that he used excessive force during the detention of a 38-year-old-man at Workington Police Station in May 2015. He was found guilty of the offence following a trial at Preston Magistrates’ Court.

The allegation against PS Rogers was independently investigated by the IPCC.   The decision to charge was authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service.

IPCC Commissioner, Carl Gumsley, said: “The IPCC investigated this matter thoroughly and the evidence gathered in the course of the investigation led to this conviction. Police officers should have the power to use force when it is necessary, however it must always be done in accordance with the law and they must be accountable for its use.”

PS Rogers will be sentenced on Monday 21 March.  


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