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A ROAD policing officer has been convicted of assaulting a woman prisoner.

Michael Perkins, 49, who is based at Chichester, appeared at Hastings Magistrates’ Court and was found guilty of common assault against a woman prisoner he was transporting to custody in November 2011 after she had been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. He was fined £495 and ordered to pay £900 costs. He was found not guilty of using threatening words or behaviour.

There will now be an internal disciplinary process.