Page last updated at 16:27 GMT, Sunday, 25 April 2010 17:27 UK

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.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Police officer jailed for attack
16 Apr 09 |  Kent

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific