A BRADFORD police officer who assaulted a member of the public while on duty has been sentenced.

PC Simon Hartley, 39, was found guilty at a trial at Bolton Magistrates' Court on December 21 last year.

Police were called to a report of an HGV causing an obstruction on Queens Road in Bradford on October 6, 2022.

A member of the public remonstrated with PC Hartley over the manner of his driving.

Words were exchanged and then PC Hartley pushed the man several times.

At Tameside Magistrates' Court today, he was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and to pay £500 in compensation, £200 court costs and a £114 surcharge.

Detective Chief Superintendent Nicola Bryar, head of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate, said: “The law recognises that there are situations where police officers may be required to use force.

"It is vital though that it is only used when reasonable, necessary and proportionate.  

“In this incident, there was no lawful reason for the officer to use force and the officer has now been convicted of assault.

"Now that the court case has concluded, we will move forward with misconduct proceedings.”