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A Policeman who was sacked after he was accused of throwing a woman head first on to a concrete floor will keep his job - even though his employers want to get rid of him.
Wiltshire Police were told today that they can't launch an appeal against a decision forcing them to reinstate Sergeant Mark Andrews.
An internal hearing had described his behaviour as "well below the standards expected" when he dragged Pamela Somerville across the floor of a Police station in Melksham in 2008.
The Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police has released this statement following the news that the force was unsuccessful in seeking a judicial review in the Mark Andrews case:
Sgt. Andrews was jailed in September 2010 for causing actual bodily harm after CCTV footage captured Pamela Somerville being dragged across the floor of Melksham police station and being thrown on to the floor of a cell in July 2008.
He spent six days in prison before being bailed when a appeal was launched and his conviction was quashed.
Despite the conviction being overturned Wiltshire Police sacked the officer, saying that, while not criminal, his behaviour had fallen "well below the standards expected".
Wiltshire Police then asked the High Court to overturn the decision of the Independent Police Appeals Tribunal which on December 2011 ordered the force to reinstate Sgt Andrews to his £36,000-a-year job and award him back pay.
But today the application for a judicial review was refused.
A police sergeant sacked despite being cleared of assaulting a woman in a custody suite has to be given back his job after his employers lost a judicial review.
Wiltshire Police sacked Sergeant Mark Andrews after a disciplinary hearing into a woman being injured after being arrested for suspected drink driving in 2008.
The sacking from his £36,000 a year job came after his conviction and six month prison sentence for assaulting Pamela Somerville was quashed.
He challenged the sacking and won which would have forced Wiltshire Police to re-employ him. The police force asked for a judicial review of that decision but the application has been refused.