Norfolk policeman Christmas swearing claim investigated

Claims a Norfolk policeman used offensive language during a Christmas Day arrest are being investigated by the police watchdog.

Andre Smith, of Hethersett, said he recorded the police using "several expletives" during the arrest of his neighbour.

He contacted the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following a Norfolk Constabulary investigation.

An IPCC spokesman said it would be considering the appeal in due course.

Mr Smith told the BBC that his neighbour was arrested by two police officers on suspicion of disorderly behaviour.

The neighbour called Mr Smith on his way to the custody suites at Wymondham and, according to Mr Smith, a police officer grabbed the phone and it ended up on the floor of the van.

Mr Smith said he kept listening and recorded what was said.

"The police used several expletives," he added.

Norfolk Constabulary would not confirm the outcome of an investigation into Mr Smith's complaint by its Professional Standards Department.

The IPCC confirmed it had received an appeal against the decision and said the appeal was expected to be concluded by early August.

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