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Complaint against police upheld

A complaint that an allegation of serious sexual assault was not properly investigated by two Avon and Somerset police officers has been upheld.

The complaint, which refers to an incident in October 2007, was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The two officers have both since apologised to the complainant.

The IPCC said a superintendent would be showing the two officers the proper way to deal with such allegations.

IPCC Commissioner Rebecca Marsh said: "This was an allegation of a serious crime and the two officers did not properly deal with the matter as set out in the force policy on dealing with allegations of rape and serious sexual assault.

"The force has taken on-board important lessons to ensure the public can have confidence that a similar case in the future will be dealt with properly.

"Our investigators have met the complainant and have shared the investigation outcome with her."

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