Peterborough police officers guilty of assault

PC John Richardson (right) and David Littlemore (left)

PC John Richardson (right) and David Littlemore (left)

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Two Peterborough police officers have been found guilty of common assault.

PCs John Richardson, 50, and David Littlemore, 35, both based at Thorpe Wood Police Station, were convicted today (July 7) following a trial at Luton Magistrates’ Court.

The officers were found to have used excessive force when engaging with a 58-year-old man in Peterborough on August 18 last year.

They will be sentenced on July 28.

Detective Superintendent Mark Hodgson, head of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Professional Standards Department, said: “We want the public and our own employees to feel confident about raising concerns about the conduct of our officers and staff and we will always investigate these cases thoroughly and ensure prosecutions are brought where appropriate.

“All our officers must act within the lawful execution of their duties and on this occasion these officers clearly did not.

“The force will now consider the position of the officers and will await sentencing before considering internal misconduct proceedings.”