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Dentist cleared of police assault

Omer Butt
Dr Butt was cleared of assaulting an officer as the case could not be proved

A dentist from Greater Manchester has been cleared of assaulting a policewoman during a parking dispute.

Bury Magistrates' Court heard prosecution claims that Dr Omer Butt, 32, from Prestwich, twice drove an Audi into Pc April Stevenson.

Dr Butt's brother, Hassan, 28, was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence but was unable to stand trial so will be tried in May.

Pc Stevenson claimed she was hit by Dr Butt while making a stop signal.

No evidence

The magistrates heard police were called to a car park behind Dr Butt's Unsworth Smile Clinic dental surgery following reports an Audi was blocking other cars.

Pc Stevenson told the court she raised her right arm to make a clear "stop" signal but was still hit.

Alan Rogers, chair of the magistrates' bench, said a video recording of the incident did not show the car moving towards the officer.

"The video shows after the alleged first instance that she [the officer] is relaxed and in no obvious discomfort," said Mr Rogers.

"There is no medical evidence of the injuries. We find that the allegation of assault has not been proved."



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