Humberside

Colin Andrews trial: Detective admits making 89 calls to woman

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Image caption Colin Andrews was a senior detective with Humberside Police when the alleged offences took place

A former senior Humberside Police officer accused of stalking and rape has admitted calling a woman 89 times in one day.

Former Det Ch Supt Colin Andrews, 58, denies seven charges including rape, stalking, harassment and assault.

A jury at Manchester Crown Court heard how he sat outside the alleged victim's house and made the calls.

Mr Andrews said he did not accept the prosecution's claim that his action constituted stalking.

He was also questioned about text messages he sent to another alleged victim.

Mr Andrews, from Brough in East Yorkshire, was asked by the prosecuting barrister: "Do you recognise that the texts get worse and worse because they are being ignored?'

'Unbalanced view'

He replied: "I accept I sent them, I accept they're not nice and I would never send them again.

"You're presenting an unbalanced view of a nutcase who has sent all these texts."

The jury was also played a recording of a 999 call that was made after Mr Andrews allegedly assaulted two people in 2013.

One of them, Owen Philips, is heard telling the operator he had been slapped in the face.

When asked about this Mr Andrews said he did not strike anyone.

The trial continues.

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