Essex

Attack arrest Pc will not face disciplinary action

David Hirst
Image caption David Hirst has been cleared over the arrest of Stuart Smith

A police officer who was accused of assaulting a man before the case was thrown out of court will not face any disciplinary proceedings.

Pc David Hirst of Essex Police denied assaulting Stuart Smith during an arrest in Colchester in September 2009.

Mr Smith died three days later but his funeral was delayed for 71 days while police investigated his death.

The case was thrown out by a judge at Southend Magistrates' Court in August this year.

The Essex force said Pc Hirst had returned to full duties.

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