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British Transport Police officer successfully appeals common assault conviction

A British Transport Police officer has successfully appealed his conviction for using unreasonable force when making an arrest.
 
PC Andrew Spiby was convicted of common assault following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court earlier this year.
  
He was summoned to appear before the judge following a complaint to the IOPC about the level of force he used during the arrest of a man at Derby railway station in May 2018.  

The IOPC conducted an independent investigation of the complaint.

The court concluded that the use of force was unreasonable and disproportionate to the threat the officer and his colleagues faced.

PC Spiby appealed the decision and the judgment was successfully overturned by the Crown Court on Thursday 7 November.
 
BTP is in communication with the IOPC regarding its direction in respect of any potential misconduct findings and will consider how to respond to any recommendations they make. 

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