Police officer faces court over ‘assault’

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A Hackney police officer will appear in court next week accused of breaking a man’s nose after catching him urinating near Hoxton Square.

PC John Caulfield, 30, has been charged with actual bodily harm after allegedly assaulting a 19-year-old French tourist last August, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The IPPC launched an investigation after receiving a complaint from a member of the public who witnessed the incident.

After conducting an investigation, the IPPC submitted a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service in December.

Hoxton’s bars and clubs attract partygoers from across London and beyond, making effective policing challenging.

The incident occurred on a Thursday night, which is usually busy around the Shoreditch area, with many bars and clubs offering cut price promotions.

Mr Caulfield is to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday 30 March 2010. He has been suspended from duties pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.

Two other officers, a constable and a sergeant, have been referred to the Metropolitan Police Service’s Directorate of Professional Standards after allegations were made about their conduct at the scene.

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