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Sacked Wiltshire Police sergeant appeals decision

Sgt Mark Andrews. Pic: Wiltshire Police
Image caption There is still an option of seeking a judicial review after the tribunal reaches its decision

A policeman sacked by Wiltshire Police force over the way he treated an arrested woman is to appeal the decision.

Sgt Mark Andrews was filmed dragging Pamela Somerville through Melksham police station custody area.

Wiltshire Police Authority said he had already appealed against the decision to Chief Constable Brian Moore who had turned the appeal down.

He will now go before a police appeal tribunal at a date to be fixed.

Sgt Andrews, who had been convicted at Oxford Crown Court of assaulting Pamela Somerville, was cleared on appeal in November.

But a disciplinary panel decided in December that he was not of sufficient standard to be an officer in the force and he was dismissed with immediate effect.

The panel had examined Sgt Andrews' dealings with Ms Somerville during the incident in July 2008.

A spokesman for the police authority said: "It's in everybody's interests that the appeal is heard as quickly as possible."

The police authority will need to appoint a panel consisting of senior officers from other forces, retired officers and a member of the authority, to hear the appeal.

There is still the option of one or other of the parties seeking a judicial review following the tribunal decision.

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