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Top policeman from Thames Valley faces arson charge

James Trotman
Ch Supt Trotman was arrested in February

A chief superintendent from Thames Valley Police has appeared in court in connection with an alleged arson attack and associated insurance claim.

James Trotman, 44, was arrested in February by the force's Professional Standards Department.

He appeared before Swindon Magistrates' Court charged with arson, fraud and perverting the course of justice.

Mr Trotman is due to appear before Swindon Crown Court on 7 May for a preliminary hearing.

He has been suspended from duty.

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