Pc Anthony Cross cleared in broken wrist fraud case

A Devon policeman has been cleared of fraud after applying for compensation for a broken wrist.

Pc Anthony Cross, 41, from Braunton, said Steven Ousley caused the injury as he tried to arrest him. Mr Ousley denied this and was never charged.

Mr Cross was charged with fraud after he lodged an application for compensation over the alleged incident.

Jurors at Exeter Crown Court are deliberating over a second charge of perverting the course of justice.

The court heard the policeman stopped Mr Ousley on Market Street, Barnstaple, on 28 January 2010 on suspicion of being in possession of drugs.

But as he reached for his handcuffs Mr Ousley fled.

'Completely taken aback'

Mr Cross later made a statement which stated Mr Ousley had hit him in the chest, causing him to fall into a bollard and break his wrist.

It said: "Suddenly, and with a great deal of force, he hit me in the chest.

"The impact was such that it spun me around and forward.

"The man had no right to assault me in any way. I am completely taken aback by the force used against the police."

Mr Cross applied to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority after the alleged incident.

But Mr Ousley, who handed himself into Devon and Cornwall Police the following day and was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, denied he had caused the injury and was never charged.

He admitted running away from Mr Cross but denied touching him.

The trial continues.

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