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Police apologise to man attacked by officers in Chatham

Anthony Colcomb
Anthony Colcomb said he had now put the ordeal behind him

A Chatham man who was assaulted by two policemen in his home has received a letter of apology from Kent Police and an out of court settlement.

Anthony Colcomb, 57, was threatened with a knife by one of the officers who went to his flat to arrest him over an alleged robbery. He was never charged.

Both officers were subsequently convicted of assault and then sacked following the incident in August 2008.

Mr Colcomb said he had put the ordeal behind him.

Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Allyn Thomas said a letter was sent to Mr Colcomb's solicitors on 24 March as a final apology on behalf of the force.

"We expect the highest standards of our officers and staff and aim to serve Kent with the commitment and dedication our communities deserve," he said.

"No-one is above the law and this case shows that Kent Police treats everyone equally.

"We hope Mr Colcomb is now able to put this incident behind him and move towards a more positive future."

The two officers - Sgt Oliver Tingley and Pc Luke Barlow - were both found guilty of assault by Canterbury magistrates.

Sgt Tingley was jailed for 90 days and Pc Barlow received community service.

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