Police officer to get job back after throwing female prisoner on to floor

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A POLICE officer who was sacked after he was accused of throwing a female prisoner head first on to a concrete floor will get his job back following a legal ruling.

The chief constable of Wiltshire failed in an attempt to block Sergeant Mark Andrews being reinstated.

Mr Andrews was sacked after being seen on CCTV in July 2008 dragging Pamela Somerville across the floor at Melksham police station, before shoving her into the cell.

He was found guilty of causing her actual bodily harm and jailed for six months, but was released on bail after spending only six days in prison and in November 2010 his conviction was overturned on appeal.

In December 2010 a police disciplinary panel found Mr Andrews should be sacked with immediate effect, but last year, the Police Appeals Tribunal (PAT) quashed that decision, and yesterday an appeal by Wiltshire Police was rejected.