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Cop suspended for alleged sex complaint

PUBLISHED: 15:03 15 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:11 03 March 2010

THE SUFFOLK Police Federation has today confirmed that a police officer based in East Suffolk has been suspended from duty after two women alleged they had been sexually assaulted.

THE SUFFOLK Police Federation has today confirmed that a police officer based in East Suffolk has been suspended from duty after two women alleged they had been sexually assaulted.

However, the staff association which represents Suffolk's police officers, said it could make no further comment about the officer currently under investigation.

Chris Sadler, chairman of Suffolk Police Federation, said: "We represent police officers on discipline matters and are therefore very aware of the effect discussing these matters may have on officers who may in turn decide not to talk to the Police Federation.

"We want them to come to us with their problems. Therefore it is the best policy to say we won't talk about complaints of any kind."

Police chiefs confirmed an investigation had been carried out into the allegations of sexual assault made by the two women and the officer had been formally interviewed.

As a result of the investigation, a file has been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service, which will now decide whether a prosecution should proceed.

Suffolk Constabulary has not named the police officer, nor said what his rank is or where he is stationed in the county, but it is believed he is based in the Stowmarket area.

It issued a short statement yesterday, saying: "Suffolk Constabulary can confirm that a police officer has been suspended from duty pending an inquiry into allegations of sexual assault made by two women.

"As a result of the investigation a file has been submitted to the independent Crown Prosecution Service for their decision on whether or not prosecution should take place.

"The officer in question has been the subject of a formal PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act) interview. Consequently, legal proceedings are active and no further comment can be made on this matter."

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed it had just received information about the case, but had not reviewed it yet.

It is understood a decision could be reached within two weeks. The matter will also be referred to the independent Police Complaints Authority which will also look at the case in due course.

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