Officers in assault inquiry

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A police officer and a member of staff have been summonsed to court accused of assaulting a man in custody.

Sergeant Stephen Harvey, 50, and Detention Officer Michael Mount, 60, will be charged with two counts each of assault by beating when they appear before Teesside Magistrates’ Court on October 5.

They are alleged to have subjected a 47-year-old man to excessive and unreasonable force while he was in Peterlee Police Station on March 5.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have been carrying out an investigation after a complaint was referred by Durham Constabulary.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: “A Durham Constabulary officer and a member of staff have been summonsed to face charges of assault by beating contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

“Both men will be charged with two counts each of assault by beating when they appear at court.”

A Durham Constabulary spokeswoman said: “Durham Constabulary have co-operated fully with the IPCC investigation into these allegations and will await the outcome of court proceedings.”