Chichester policeman suspended from duty after custody assault charge

A Chichester police officer, charged with assaulting a girl in custody, will be investigated by the professional standards department.

Tuesday, 26th October 2021, 9:59 am
Updated Monday, 1st November 2021, 1:35 pm

Ian Cheeseman, 52, of Mulberry Lane, Goring, will appear before Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on November 16, charged with assault.

According to court documents, the assault occurred on April 6 and involved a juvenile who was in police custody at Chichester.

Cheeseman, a Sussex Police sergeant, has been suspended from duty, a spokesman for the force said.

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Sussex Police has confirmed that the matter was referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct who directed that a local investigation by the Professional Standards Department should be conducted.