A top Scarborough police
officer has appeared in court over allegations that he assaulted a man in the town.
Sergeant Colin Phipps appeared at Hull Magistrates’ Court charged with assault by beating.
Charges were brought against the officer following allegations by Luke Seavers, after an incident on August 18 last year in Scarborough.
North Yorkshire Police have since suspended Sgt Phipps pending the outcome of the investigation.
The 48-year-old pleaded not guilty to the offence at the morning hearing on Friday March 14.
He now faces a trial over the alleged beating, and has been ordered by magistrates to return to court on May 12.
Due to the number of witnesses to be called, it was said the trial will likely last two days. It will be heard before the district judge.
Chairman of the bench, Mr McCloud, told Phipps: “You need to be in the corridor for 9.30am on that date. In the interim period you will enjoy unconditional bail.”
Also attending the court, although not part of the proceedings, was a member of the North Yorkshire Police Professional Standards Department.
The organisation is responsible for the investigation of complaints made by members of the public against police officers.