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Two police officers face charges as investigation is handed to Leicestershire force

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Two officers from Bedfordshire Police, including one from Bedford, are to appear before court in connection with an assault on a 33-year-old man in Luton on Thursday, February 20.

Christopher Pitts, who is 39 and from Bedford, will be attending the court to answer charges of perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office.

Christopher Thomas, who is 33 and from Welwyn Garden City, will be attending the court to answer charges of racially aggravated assault; assault, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office.

Both Police Constables will appear at Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court on September 1, 2014.

Leicestershire Police is carrying out a thorough investigation into the incident. It is being carried out under the supervision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Initially after the incident an investigation was immediately launched by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Professional Standards Department (PSD), supervised by the IPCC, in to complaints received about the officers and all immediate evidence was gathered from the police officers concerned and from some witnesses.

In direct response to family and community concerns Bedfordshire’s Chief Constable, Colette Paul, arranged for the investigation to be undertaken by Leicestershire Police, to ensure a transparent investigation by a team unconnected to Bedfordshire.

A spokeswoman said: “This was to ensure the community was reassured that the investigation was as thorough and as impartial as it possibly could be.

Bedfordshire Police is continuing to do all it can to support this investigation.”

 

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