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Bradford policeman faces assault and dangerous driving charges
A Bradford police officer will remain on duty in a “restricted capacity” after it emerged he will face criminal charges over allegations he used a patrol car to stop a man and then hid evidence.
West Yorkshire Police last night confirmed PC Steven Mullaney, 40, who is based at Lawcroft House Police Station in Manningham, is performing an “office-based role” after he was summonsed to face charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, dangerous driving and attempting to pervert the course of justice following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
The IPCC say the charges relate to an incident in Mary Street, Bradford, on March 18, when a police car driven by the officer was in collision with a 38-year-old man who suffered a “number” of injuries, including some to his shoulder and ankle.
A spokesman from the watchdog, which oversees the police complaints system in England and Wales, said: “It is alleged the officer deliberately used the vehicle to stop the man and then made an attempt to conceal evidence about the incident.”
PC Mullaney is due to appear at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court to face the charges on Monday, October 22.
The IPCC, which investigates the most serious complaints and allegations of misconduct against the police, as well as handling appeals from people who are not satisfied with the way police have dealt with their complaint, conducted an investigation into the incident after a referral by West Yorkshire Police.
The force last night refused to comment on the allegations, but when asked if PC Mullaney remained on duty, a spokesman said: “He remains on duty in a restricted capacity, in an office-based role.”
No one from West Yorkshire Police Federation, which represents more than 5,500 officers across the county, was available for comment yesterday.