Policeman accused of beating Seaham man in custody

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A POLICE officer and his colleague have been charged with assault after claims they attacked a man in custody.

Sergeant Stephen Harvey, 50, and Detention Officer Michael Mount, 60, were served with summons amid allegations a 47-year-old Seaham man was subjected to excessive and unreasonable force.

The incident is alleged to have happened while the man was in custody at Peterlee Police Station on March 5.

The pair will each face two charges of assault by beating.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated the incident after the complaint was referred by Durham Constabulary.

Sgt Harvey and DO Mount will appear before Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 5.

Durham Constabulary has said it fully co-operated with the investigation and was awaiting the outcome of the court proceedings.

It has confirmed the two men have not been suspended but are not performing operational custodial duties.

The IPCC has said it has also concluded investigations into the circumstances of Leonard McCourt, who died while in police custody last September.

The 44-year-old had been transported to Peterlee after he was arrested at his home in Ash Crescent, Seaham, and was found to be unwell when he arrived at the station.

The IPCC has said a file has now been past to the CPS.