Police ordered to give cell push sergeant his job back

Salisbury Journal: Chief Constable Patrick Geenty speaks outside Devizes Police HQ Chief Constable Patrick Geenty speaks outside Devizes Police HQ

A POLICE officer sacked after being accused of injuring a woman prisoner must be given his job back, a High Court judge has ruled.

Sgt Mark Andrews was jailed in 2010 for assaulting 60-year-old Pamela Somerville in an incident at Melksham Police Station but his conviction was quashed just six days later.

Wiltshire Police was ordered by the Independent Police Appeals Tribunal to reinstate him and the High Court has now rejected the force’s application for a judicial review to be held into the case.

In his judgement, released today, Mr Justice Ouseley said he expected the order for reinstatement made by the tribunal to be implemented "with full regard to its conclusions, and the failure of this unarguable challenge".

Speaking outside Police Headquarters in Devizes following the judgement, Chief Constable Patrick Geenty said he was disappointed with the outcome of the appeal.

But added: “I do not believe it would be reasonable or proportionate to seek any further legal appeal.”

He said the cost of further legal action had to be taken into account and that the appeal had cost the force about £40,000.

Sgt Andrews, who spent several years based in Salisbury, will be reinstated and will be entitled to back pay from the day he was suspended.

Mr Geenty said: “I will now enter into discussions with Mark Andrews and his representatives in relation to his integration back into Wiltshire Police as a warranted police officer.

“I expect the highest standards and professional behaviour from all my officers and expect the same of Sgt Andrews.” He said he hoped members of the public would treat Sgt Andrews with the same respect. Ms Somerville had been arrested after she was found asleep in her car near her Colerne home.

Police claimed she was detained for failing to provide a sample for a breath test.

She denied any wrongdoing and the charges against her were dropped due to insufficient evidence.

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4:42pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Favicon says...

Over to you Karlmarx...
Over to you Karlmarx... Favicon

7:43pm Fri 9 Nov 12

rantone says...

Bring on the Police Commissioners - they would have a say in this. Do the residents of Wiltshire want serving Police Officers who do not have the support of colleagues AND senior officers to be on duty. I understand the costs involved of the legal process but is this really justice. I hope I never fall asleep in my motorcar and get arrested!
Bring on the Police Commissioners - they would have a say in this. Do the residents of Wiltshire want serving Police Officers who do not have the support of colleagues AND senior officers to be on duty. I understand the costs involved of the legal process but is this really justice. I hope I never fall asleep in my motorcar and get arrested! rantone

8:09pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Capricorn 1 says...

I pity the people that will be forced to work with this person.
I pity the people that will be forced to work with this person. Capricorn 1

8:33pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Grampie says...

rantone wrote:
Bring on the Police Commissioners - they would have a say in this. Do the residents of Wiltshire want serving Police Officers who do not have the support of colleagues AND senior officers to be on duty. I understand the costs involved of the legal process but is this really justice. I hope I never fall asleep in my motorcar and get arrested!
Unfortunately the Pol Com would have no say at all unless he or she commits a large dose of cash in legal fees. Even then there is little chance of the decision by the High Court being overturned.
[quote][p][bold]rantone[/bold] wrote: Bring on the Police Commissioners - they would have a say in this. Do the residents of Wiltshire want serving Police Officers who do not have the support of colleagues AND senior officers to be on duty. I understand the costs involved of the legal process but is this really justice. I hope I never fall asleep in my motorcar and get arrested![/p][/quote]Unfortunately the Pol Com would have no say at all unless he or she commits a large dose of cash in legal fees. Even then there is little chance of the decision by the High Court being overturned. Grampie

1:32pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Mender says...

I am not surprised in the slightest. Wiltshire police what do you expect? Speak to a real police force like Hampshire and there is some considerable differences with regard to lies and corruption within the police. Basically Hampshire and most other forces will have none of it! Don’t blame the judge he goes on the evidence provided to him or her and that mostly comes from the police, the Wiltshire police in this case.
I am not surprised in the slightest. Wiltshire police what do you expect? Speak to a real police force like Hampshire and there is some considerable differences with regard to lies and corruption within the police. Basically Hampshire and most other forces will have none of it! Don’t blame the judge he goes on the evidence provided to him or her and that mostly comes from the police, the Wiltshire police in this case. Mender

8:23pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Dr S Brule says...

Thugs gravitate towards the police like moths to a flame
Thugs gravitate towards the police like moths to a flame Dr S Brule

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