Police officers face neglect claim

TWO police officers accused of failing to take proper care of a man who was taken to hospital following a spell in cells have made a second appearance in court.

TWO police officers accused of failing to take proper care of a man who was taken to hospital following a spell in cells have made a second appearance in court.

Sgt Nigel Mead and Sgt Mark Turner have not entered pleas over the allegation they wilfully neglected their duty as custody sergeants to ensure the welfare of a person in their charge.

The men, employed by Suffolk Constabulary, were charged after a 36-year-old man - who was arrested on suspicion of theft and taken to a police station in the Bury St Edmunds area - was sent to hospital for medical treatment.

A preliminary hearing took place at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday, when the case was adjourned for a plea and case management hearing on February 6.

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