Police face misconduct charges

Two Kent police officers are to face charges of misconduct in public office following the death of a man at his home in August

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Kent Police Statement

Kent Police have issued a statement after two of their officers were charged with misconduct following the death of a man in Gillingham.

The death of Colin Holt was a tragic event, and on behalf of the force I express my condolences to his family and friends. Police officers deal with extremely challenging situations every day and in this case they responded to a very difficult set of circumstances. As this is now a criminal matter I cannot comment any further at this time.

– The Chief Constable of Kent, Ian Learmonth

Misconduct charges: man died from asphyxiation

Two Kent police officers are to be prosecuted for misconduct in public office following the death of 52 year old Colin Holt at his home in Gillingham while under restraint.

PC Maurice Leigh and PC Neil Bowdery are to appear in court in connection with Mr Holt's death.

It's been confirmed he died from positional asphyxia in his home in Gillingham on August 30 2010.

The summonses to appear at Medway Magistrates' Court on October 8 follow an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

In a statement today, the IPCC said:

We welcome the decision by the CPS following its review of the evidence to authorise charges against PC Maurice Leigh and PC Neil Bowdery for misconduct in public office

– Independent Police Complaints Commission

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