PCSO reported for summons for common assault in Downend

police logoA Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has been reported for summons to court for common assault.

Today’s announcement follows an incident in June in Downend.

An Avon & Somerset police spokesman said: “Following a call about young people causing a nuisance at Downend Sports Centre on Monday 22nd June, we received a complaint from the family of a 15-year-old that he had been assaulted by a PCSO.

“The complaint was investigated by our Professional Standards Department and the evidence passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. Authorisation was given to prosecute PCSO Nicholas Pearce for common assault and he has been reported for summons for the offence and will appear before magistrates court at a date to be fixed.

“This action demonstrates that we will vigorously investigate all complaints from the public about alleged misconduct by our staff.

“In light of the impending court proceedings we are unable to comment any further at this stage.”