Two Bedfordshire police officers to face criminal charges

06/08/2014

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Wessex has authorised charges against two Bedfordshire police officers. Police Constable, Christopher Thomas,33 from Welwyn Garden City is to appear at Aylesbury Magistrates'Court on 1 September 2014 charged with racially aggravated assault, assault by beating, perverting the course of public justice and misconduct in public office.

A second officer, Police Constable Christopher Pitts, 39 from Bedford, will also appear at Aylesbury Magistrates' Court on  the same date charged with perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office.

John Locke, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the CPS Wessex Complex Casework Unit said: "Following an investigation by Leicestershire Police I have authorised charges against Police Constable Christopher Thomas, 33, from Welwyn Garden City and Police Constable Christopher Pitts, 39, from Bedford. Both men will appear at Aylesbury Magistrates' Court on 1 September 2014. Police Constable Thomas is to be charged with racially aggravated assault, assault by beating, perverting the course of public justice and misconduct in public office.

"Police Constable Pitts is to be charged with perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office.

"It is alleged that Mr Faruk Ali, 33, from the Luton area was assaulted on 20 February 2014 by PC Thomas and that this assault was racially aggravated. It is also alleged that PC Thomas and PC Pitts have perverted the course of public justice and committed misconduct in public office.

"I carefully reviewed all the evidence provided to me by Leicestershire Police and was satisfied in accordance with the code for Crown Prosecutors that there was sufficient evidence and that it was in the public interest to charge these two officers with these offences.

"Proceedings are now on-going and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."