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Police Sergeant To Be Reinstated

A police sergeant sacked despite being cleared of assaulting a woman in a custody suite has to be given back his job after Wiltshire Police lost a judicial review.

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Wiltshire Police reaction to judicial review decision

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.

Wiltshire Police has today been informed that it has not been successful in seeking a judicial review in the Mark Andrews case.

Wiltshire Police would like to point out that the written judgement levels some criticism at the Chief Constable.

It is important to note that this refers to previous Chief Constable Brian Moore and not current Chief Constable Pat Geenty.

– Wiltshire Police spokesman

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